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Judas Priest or Judas Tap?

Hey Rob, Afrika Bambaataa wants his act back
Hey Rob, Afrika Bambaataa wants his act back

Judas Priest are heavy metal gods - of that there can be no doubt. But even gods fall, and the Priest's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's TV show from Hollywood two night ago still has us scratching our heads.

Performing the song Prophecy from their two-disc concept album Nostradamus, Judas Priest seemed at times to be in almost a Spinal Tapian mode. The unison stage moves, the deadly serious upraised guitars, the quasi-cosmic lyrics - all that was missing was a minature Stonehenge.

And what to make of Rob Halford? Usually hell bent for leather, the singer was cloaked in some sort of foil-wrapped Father Time hooded robe. Was he trying to go for an Afrika Bambaataa vibe? If so, he succeeded brilliantly.

We must say, it was highly entertaining in a Should-I-be-liking-this-or-not? manner.

What say you? Rockin' performance or bizarre performance art? Here's the video. Let us know what you think.

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.