Judas Priest’s Rob Halford + Sammy Hagar Play ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ Live
Welcome to the mother of all 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?' episodes! Not only was this the first-ever episode to be filmed in front of a live audience, but it's the first time we've had two guests from different bands sit down to dispel the falsehoods found on the Internet and give life to the anecdotes that have been true all along.
On the day of the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and Van Halen legend and solo icon Sammy Hagar joined us inside the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Halford, a 'Wiki' veteran, assured Hagar that it's a fun segment, which put him at ease as he prepare to right some wrongs about his career.
Wikipedia states that while Halford can play a variety of instruments, like guitar, harmonica, bass, keyboard and drums, he lacks the confidence to play any of them onstage. He assured us this was indeed correct, but explained how he'll pick up a guitar to extrapolate a riff he came up with in his head. The Metal God asked Hagar if he writes the same way, but the Red Rocker explained that he finds all his inspiration directly through the instrument, securing his riffs through jamming.
Now, you're certainly familiar with some of the sound effects littered across songs in Judas Priest's discography, like the smashing of bottles in "Breaking the Law." It was rumored that milk bottles were used, which were left lying around after the milkman delivered them. Halford remembers it differently and insisted that they were beer bottles and then clued us in to some other special effects used on "Metal Gods." "That's me slapping a flight case with a bit of a microphone chord," the singer said when describing the sound during the line "Better be the slaves." As for the robot marching sounds, "That's me holding a tray of knives and forks, throwing them up and down in the air for about five minutes and then I multi-tracked that about 50 times."
An explosion of Van Halen truth came after disavowing the Wikipedia entry that claimed that Hagar disagreed with the decision to record two VH songs for the soundtrack to the film Twister. It turns out the singer was against recording two new songs for a VH greatest hits record. "We had never done one at that time and I didn't think we should be cashing in yet. I thought we still had another good record in us," he began. The comp not only hinged on two new tracks with Hagar, but a pair of fresh songs with David Lee Roth fronting the group as well, though Hagar was unaware of the Roth bit at the time. The divide within Van Halen about doing another album ultimately "kind of broke the band up."
We uncovered a lot more with these two legendary singers and to dive into all of it, watch the full episode on the player above.
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