Metallijumala Rob Halfordilla tuli taannoin mittariin 34 vuotta elämää ilman päihteitä. ”Confess”-elämäkertansa syyskuun 29. päivä julkaiseva Halford on antanut brittiläiselle GQ-lehdelle haastattelun, jonka aikana puheet kääntyivät myös siihen, kuinka elämä on muuttunut hänen raitistuttuaan.
”I have a clarity now on everything, especially when it comes to my work. I’m able to perceive my music more clearly, with a lot less clutter and that’s important as a musician, particularly for me, particularly because I love what I do and I love Judas Priest so much. I like to feel that being clean and sober has made me able to do my work much more efficiently; I look back on some of my lyrics and they are a touchstone. If you look at the lyrics on ’Nostradamus’, they are some of the best I’ve ever written. I’m proudest of that and I doubt very much I’d have achieved those if I had a joint in one hand and a bottle of Jack Daniels in the other.”
Kysyttäessä, kaipaako Halford villiä nuoruuttaan laulaja vastasi:
”Absolutely. I was watching something with Thomas recently and saying that I just loved those drinking and drugging times. I loved them. Even though the end game was total self-destruction, at the time, yeah, it was great. In your youth that’s what you do, isn’t it? You have a weird party and do crazy stuff and it’s a rite of passage. I have fond memories of those times, even though it got pretty dangerous for me and I don’t look back at it all and have regrets. I have never had regrets. I think you learn from your mistakes, but I don’t regret anything. It’s gone, so utilise it, if it’s of any use to you, and move on.”