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miércoles, 5 de mayo de 2010

Halford en The Advocate I: Introducción

Como es una entrevista muy larga y está en inglés la voy a separar en fragmentos, siendo el primero la típica introducción que hace el entrevistador.
Al final de cada fragmento haré un pequeño resumen a lo Halford for dummies.

Las fotos son "mías", no he conseguido encontrar el texto por internet y no sé que fotos llevaba. Lo típico, pinchar para verlas más grande.

Halford en The Advocate (1998), poco después de dar a conocer su homosexualidad en la MTV

Sexual ambiguity is fair game in glam, disco, and even alternative rock. But never heavy metal. Until now...

The significance of a heavy metal star coming out of the most Neanderthal-posing rock genre in music is incalculable. In the world of heavy metal (a term coined by William Burroughs in Naked Lunch)--with its devil-worshiping, electric guitar-dominated image, "get me some chicks" songs; and raunchy heterosexual blue-collar fan base--homophobia is rampant. What gay man would dare take this on and risk losing his career? Even Queen's Freddie Mercury went to his grave never making a public statement. But now, after nearly three decades of living his rock-star sex life in cautious silence, Rob Halford, one-time lead singer of Judas Priest, considered by many the archetypal metal band, bangs his head on rock's meanest closed door and breaks all the way out.

Long before sweaty mosh pits with rock fans slamMing their half-naked bodies together, long before the angry wail of heavy metal bands like Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, or Van Halen, there was Judas Priest.

Storming out of the harsh industrial regions of northern England, Judas Priest was a gang of five furious blokes with a very loud grudge. Typical of so many bands that change the face of rock forever (the Beatles from Liverpool, Led Zeppelin from Birmingham), Judas Priest came from an English landscape as brutal and oppressive as the band's own distorted guitar sounds. Connecting fiercely with the rage of working-class fans around the world who felt they had no bright future, Priest began its defiant push for success in 1969.

After two years of false starts and small record labels, the band replaced its lead singer with a theatrical lighting technician from Birmingham named Rob Halford. With his keen writing sense and ear-splitting leather lungs, Halford was the magic that launched both the band and an entire genre of rock called heavy metal--a bombastically amplified, guitar-driven wall of sound featuring a lead singer powerful enough to cut through it all. Like the shrill, grinding noises of the metal steel mills inhabiting Britain's cold north country, Judas Priest was a brazen force to be reckoned with.

Capitalizing on Halford's sonic howling and bondage-gear dress (complete with the Harley he drove onstage every night), Judas Priest sold millions of albums and filled nearly as many arenas with nasty beer-drinking, head-banging hetero boys. The band played so loud that they were said to cause involuntary bowel movements--so who would've ever guessed that the centerpiece in this macho commotion was a gay man?

"Yeah, but look at the homoeroticism in metal music," says Jon Ginoli, front man for the all-gay rock band Pansy Division. Ginoli and his band mates were instrumental in bringing Halford out of the closet after meeting him in a San Francisco bar in 1997. The bond they formed was so strong, Halford actually risked performing live with them at three gay pride events last year--although he still hadn't made up his mind to come out.
Part of the reason for Halford's indecision was his brand-new band and record deal. After a chance meeting with Nine Inch Nails lead singer Trent Reznor in New Orleans, Halford's newly formed band, Two, signed with Reznor's label. This March, Two released its first album, Voyeurs, and in April commenced its first U.S. tour. To help launch the band, porn master Chi Chi LaRue was enlisted to direct Two's first video, for "I Am a Pig."

"When I first saw him," says LaRue, "I saw a big, tattooed, scary superstar--and the sweetest man I've ever met."
LaRue's observation is just one more dichotomy about Halford. Despite making deafening noises for nearly three decades, there was always one silence the rocker left unbroken. Now with this exclusive Advocate interview, that silence has been forever broken.

Resumen Pegamín:
  • Los heavys son unos retrógrados.
  • Los Judas surgen de un lugar muy jodido de Inglaterra y luego tienen mucho éxito.
  • Quién podía imaginar que en la banda más heavy cantaba un homosexual.
  • Tras un tiempo de dudas, Halford decide salir del armario.

10 comentarios:

PacoclavelbarraDivine dijo...

Sr. Priest es usted muy bueno resumiendo. Me ha encantado el momento Ginoli.
Qué entrada tan guay!

Un león de Ángel Cristo dijo...

A ver si le ponemos un crespón negro a la foto de Angel Cristo en la cabecera, cabrones.

Un respeto por los enanos kinkis muertos.

axl rose dijo...

la foto del sofá floreado es como la versión queer de beavis and butthead

Anónimo dijo...

Que la ponga 77, que vuelve a ser administrador

Haciendo Amig@s dijo...

Pues ya era hora. Que Ramón debería ser administrador, no ya de este blog, si no de internete entera.

PacoclavelbarraDivine dijo...

Y que lo diga!

priest dijo...

¡Que cachondos! Pues haberle dado vosotros ese privilegio. Yo hasta que leí en un comentario que solo era colaborador no me había dado ni cuenta.

ahora viene zed dijo...

son un poco despistados, porque, con mirar en los permisos del blog, se sabe el status de cada cualo

claro que lo mismo continúa la rígida jerarquía waffen ss del pegamín caducao y nadie tiene más estatus que el de pocero salvo...

¿quién es el administrador único del nuevo pegamín?

Anónimo dijo...

Eso, ¿quién es el majority shareholder de este santo tinglado? Queremos saber la verdad.

Anónimo dijo...

great post, I am interesting in it!