Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Comments on Possible Legal Fight Over Gap T-Shirt
As Judas Priest and metal fans celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ The Gap is being scrutinized for perhaps borrowing some artwork from the iconic disc three decades later. And now, there’s reports of the band taking legal action against the clothing franchise.
With a t-shirt that bears a striking resemblance to artwork on the disc released back in 1982 (compared in this image), Priest frontman Rob Halford is calling the clothing chain into question. In a new interview with the Quietus, Halford was asked about being “ripped off” by the Gap, and Halford held no punches. “Well, it’s very naughty of them,” responded Halford. “They shouldn’t have done that and we’re investigating that right now because that’s intellectual property rights – we were never asked, neither was our label.”
Although he doesn’t condone the behavior, Halford could certainly see the appeal, explaining, “Having said that, pushing the legal side of it to one side, its brilliant isn’t it? To think that something 30 odd years later is still striking enough to be a fashion moment – it’s a bit like when the vodka people (Absolut Vodka) did the ‘British Steel’ label.”
Halford also spoke about the strength of great art, and how it often speaks as loudly as the music, saying, “The thing is with artwork is that I don’t think that you can underestimate its power.” He continued, “Like, you’ll see somebody walking down the street with a Cannibal Corpse T-shirt on, if you say to them: ‘Oh I love that band’ they’ll go: ‘What band?’ And if you say: ‘The T-shirt’ they’ll probably say: ‘Oh, I just like it!’ And I think that’s great, because again you’re making a visual, emotional connection with people; that’s what ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ is doing all these years later.”
The Gap has yet to comment publicly regarding the similarity between their design and the classic Priest cover.