Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Shares Hospital Photos Taken During Cancer Battle

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has shared some photos he took during his recent battle with prostate cancer.

On Saturday (October 16), Halford took to his Instagram to post two photos of him flashing the “devil’s horns” while apparently lying in his hospital bed. He wrote in an accompanying message: “thanks for all the love maniacs and guys get your prostate checked #heavymetal #ink #tattoo #metal #motivation #stayhealthy #fight #nofear #no #surrender #fuckcancer #love #family #friends #fans #one #world #peace #respect #all”.

Earlier this week, Halford revealed to Consequence that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer during the pandemic. “I had my little cancer battle a year ago, which I got through and is now in remission, thank goodness,” he said. “That happened while we were all locked up, so things happen for a reason, as far as the sequence of events over time. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life and still doing what I love most love.”

Rob mentioned his battle with cancer earlier in the new chapter added to the updated paperback edition of his 2020 memoir, “Confess.” According to Halford, he was diagnosed after having symptoms for at least a few years.

“I felt a combination of shock, horror and, oddly enough, relief – at least now I know!… ‘Am I going to die?'” he wrote. “It was all I could think of. I know men who have died of prostate cancer. ‘No, you’re not going to die, Rob,” said Dr. Ali.’

In July 2020, Rob underwent a prostatectomy, a surgery that removes the entire prostate gland plus some of the tissue around it, including the seminal vesicles. After more cancer was found earlier this year, he underwent radiation treatments in April and May and finally became completely free in June. He also had appendectomy after a tumor was discovered on his appendix.

“It’s been a grueling year, I can’t deny it, but I’m glad I got through it,” Halford wrote in the book, according to Consequence. “I feel like I’ve had the most thorough APK a Metal God can have.”

The 70-year-old said his outlook on his battle with cancer changed after watching a commercial for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “It showed children with cancer,” he said. “Some just babies. They lay there, with tubes coming out, fighting for their lives. They didn’t know what was going on…I was completely ashamed of myself; Rob, how dare you be so selfish? And From that moment on, I change my whole mental attitude towards my illness.”

Halford’s battle with cancer is one of the many health issues that PRIEST members have faced in recent years. Last month, guitarist Richie Faulkner suffered an acute aortic dissection during the band’s performance at the Louder Than Life festival. Faulkner was rushed to UofL Health – Jewish Hospital, where it took the cardiothoracic surgery team about 10 hours to perform a life-saving surgery.

PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease seven years ago — having been affected by the condition at least half a decade earlier — but announced in early 2018 that he would be touring in support of the band’s latest album,” Firepower”. He was replaced by “Firepower” producer Andy Sneap, who is also known for his work in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.

“Confess” was released in September 2020 through Hachette Books. It was written with Ian Gittins, co-writer of “The Heroin Diaries” by Nikki Sixx.

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