Never Heard Judas Priest, But Got The Shirt? Halford's OK w/ It
Even if you've never heard a tune from Judas Priest, but bought a Judas Priest t-shirt just because you liked the design, Rob Halford is ok with it. In fact, he thinks it's cool, in a sense. The conversation came up when Rob was talking about the extreme resemblance between the GAP t-shirt that came out last month and the cover of Screaming for Vengenace.
Here's the shirt.
Here's what Rob had to say to The Quietus:
“It’s very naughty of [GAP]. 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.
“Having said that – it’s brilliant, isn’t it? To think that something 30 years later is still striking enough to be a fashion moment.
“It’s a bit like when the vodka people did the British Steel label. The thing is with artwork is that I don’t think that you can underestimate its power. 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?’ You say, ‘The t-shirt.’ They’ll probably say, ‘Oh, I just like it!’
“I think that’s great, because you’re making a visual, emotional connection with people. That’s what Screaming For Vengeance is doing all these years later.”