JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has participated in an upcoming VH1 documentary, "AIDS: A Pop Culture History", which is scheduled to premiere on December 1.
"During our initial conversation, VH1's represenative disclosed the channel intends to commit great resources to the program, so we're all optimistic the show will be great viewing," writes Halford's manager John Baxter on Rob's web site.
According to a posting on VH1's web site, "AIDS: A Pop Culture History" "will examine the history of AIDS as seen through the prism of media and culture. Reviewing how AIDS was reflected in entertainment reveals a greater understanding of how the virus affected the nation's psyche. We'll show how Hollywood first contributed to the panic, then later redefined AIDS as a public health crisis. We'll also see the limits of pop culture's reach, as AIDS seems all but been forgotten among today's entertainers. What role could pop culture play in helping stem AIDS now, especially as it spreads around the world?"
"AIDS: A Pop Culture History" air times (subject to change):
Dec. 01 - 11:00 a.m.
Dec. 01 - 06:00 p.m.
Dec. 01 - 09:00 p.m.
Dec. 01 - 11:30 p.m.
Dec. 02 - 12:00 p.m.
Dec. 03 - 08:30 p.m.
Dec. 04 - 02:00 a.m.
Dec. 04 - 04:30 p.m.
Dec. 06 - 11:00 a.m.
Dec. 07 - 01:00 a.m.
In other news, Halford has posted the following message on his official web site:
"Hello all.. It's been a while since I posted because as you know I'm making a new metal masterpiece for 2004!
"I want to say your continued visits and posts on the HALFORD site are a pleasure to read through. You're all very special to me, so keep up the energy! We'll be in front of you before you know it.
"The holiday season is here and I send everyone my love and thanks for your unwavering support.
"This year has been a great one for metal, not only for the HALFORD band, but worldwide a new surge is rising, and 2004 promises to be an incredible metal meltdown!
"Be safe and peaceful and keep the metal faith alive!
"The Metal God"