Get a free audiobook

Audible Membership

$14.95 a month

1 credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
The Plus Catalogue—listen all you want to thousands of Audible Originals, podcasts, and audiobooks.
$14.95 a month plus applicable taxes after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $37.16

Buy Now for $37.16

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Tax where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

The legendary frontman of Judas Priest, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, celebrates five decades of heavy metal in this tell-all memoir.

Most priests hear confessions. This one is making his.

Rob Halford, front man of global iconic metal band Judas Priest, is a true "Metal God." Raised in Britain's hard-working, heavy industrial heartland, he and his music were forged in the Black Country. Confess, his full autobiography, is an unforgettable rock 'n' roll story - a journey from a Walsall council estate to musical fame via alcoholism, addiction, police cells, ill-fated sexual trysts, and bleak personal tragedy, through to rehab, coming out, redemption...and finding love.

Now, he is telling his gospel truth.

Told with Halford's trademark self-deprecating, deadpan Black Country humor, Confess is the story of an extraordinary five decades in the music industry. It is also the tale of unlikely encounters with everybody from Superman to Andy Warhol, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, and the Queen. More than anything else, it's a celebration of the fire and power of heavy metal.

Rob Halford has decided to Confess. Because it's good for the soul.

Named one of the Best Music Books of 2020 by Rolling Stone and Kirkus Reviews

©2020 Rob Halford (P)2020 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

Confess is a must-read for Judas Priest fans as it is written from a place of honesty and passion while done with integrity....a page-turner. (Sonic Perspectives)

"A powerful, often shocking read." (Vintage Guitar)

"Rob Halford though is one of the few metal musicians who actually has a story worth hearing....Confess, true to its title, doesn't hold back....Confess manages to be both dark and at times endearing. Halford's openness, despite some dark themes, allows for his humor to shine through....It may have taken a while for Halford to tell his story, but it was certainly worth the wait." (New Noise)

What listeners say about Confess

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    71
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    65
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    60
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Sex, Drugs, and Metal, but unlike the others.

I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Rob's bathroom stories are hilarious! I laughed a many times during this audible. He also narrates it himself. Get it!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Finally a refreshing bio from a Rock God!

Almost like a Shakespearean tragedy, Rob Halford's memoir is a reflection of a rockstar trapped in the closet and a victim of his own success. Instead of the usual boring tales of sex with countless groupies and drunken run ins with police in an Italian exotic sports car, Halford's story is one of decades of personal frustration, abuse, and the black hole that can come from success. I've always been a huge fan of Priest and some of Halford's solo work, having gone through my own share of tradgeies and used his music as a support to get me through. That said, learning how how he poured his pain, tears and guts into crafting that music, makes it all the more special to me. Though, and I'm not remotely homophobic, I may stop belting out classics like Jawbreaker while driving in my car, having learned it's true meaning. Or maybe I will, I can't help myself.

I highly recommend this book, read by HRH Metal God himself, if you are looking for an honest and refreshing take on behind the scenes lives of rock and roll. He has touched so many lives with his music, and is the unofficial rock spokesman for gay rights, even if he never wants to be too political. Enjoy, I couldn't put it down until I was finished, and neither will you!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good read.

I found this book surprisingly entertaining. Rob Halford comes across as a very warm and humble character. It was interesting to hear about the history of Judas Priest from his perspective. I was a big fan in their early days but lost interest as I got older. This book has encouraged me to listen to their later half library and probably some of Rob’s solo stuff too.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Switched from book to audio

I started the book first. i quickly realized that i wanted to hear the stories from The Metal Gods lips. i am glad i did !

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing

I’ve never been a big Judas Priest fan, knew some of their songs, but never was my cup of tea. Anyway, thought it would be a nice listen-to, and oh my, Rob Halford did a great job reading and telling his story. He sounds a lot like my father in-law and his stories on the Black Country resonate with me. It reminds me a lot of the old Thomas the tank engine episodes with Ringo Starr as narrator, marvellous.

I complemented this audiobook with listening to all the records whenever they came up in the book and Halford described the recording sessions and the ideas behind the sounds and songs.

Splendid audiobook, great story!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The best autobiography yet.

Being a huge Halford and preist fan i was really looking forward to this.
Rob is a fantastic narrator, and in his down time should consider doing it between gigs for other books.
The book is extremely well written, it's quirky, heart breaking, funny, sad, and very positive every emotion you can have you will feel in this book.
Good job and well done.
I pray you never stop screaming your titts off.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I love you rob!!!!

I’m 48 fan since 80. Always loved to sing. Adding your voice to your words was amazing. Stay well brother god!!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The One True Metal God

Absolutely brilliant from start to finish. So nice to have spent the time listening with Rob narrating. A must for any Priest fan. 🤟🏻

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Metal God!

Metal God! 🤟 Metal God! 🤟 Metal God! 🤟 Metal God! 🤟 Metal God! 🤟 Metal God! 🤟 Metal God! 🤟 Metal God! 🤟 Metal God! 🤟 Metal God! 🤟 Halford Judas Priest Rules

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

loved it

I especially love the fact that Rob Halford himself narrated the book. top notch and almost 12 hours long.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • JA3
  • 2020-12-17

Pretty small % of this book is about his music

RH is one of my very favorite vocalists of all time, ever since I discovered the Sad Wings of Destiny album when I was a teenager in the early 80s, still one of my very favorite albums of all time. As a working musician myself, I was hoping this book might have cool insights about Rob's musical journey from discovery of music, influences, writing, collaborating, performing; and also about the interpersonal dynamics of working (i.e. writing, recording, performing) with the other musician & producers; and then some stuff about the business and non-music side of his incredibly successful music career. In fairness, this book does cover some of these aspects of Rob's life and Rob is an outstanding narrator and obviously a very smart, articulate, funny and good bloke. That said, you might want to set your expectation that this book will be maybe 5% about the real music part of his life, ~5% about the interpersonal social aspects of working creatively with JP and other musicians/producers over his career, ~10% about music business/logistics stuff/stories, then maybe 20% about his non-sexual personal life (childhood, being from the Black Country, boozing/drugs/sobriety) which I found interesting too.....the other 60%+ of the book is a ton of details about his homosexuality, various relationships and sexual encounters etc... not that there's anything wrong with that but I would at least go into the book with the expectations that you'll be listening to mostly a story about his sexual orientation, love life, sexual escapades etc.... with a pretty small % about his musical life....still a good listen but I do wish the balance was much more on the musical aspect of his life...

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Deidre
  • 2020-10-15

Earnest, Hilarious, and Brave

This is a stunning autobiography and Rob reads it perfectly. I can't recommend it highly enough. I hope he lives another 70 years so that we'll get a part 2. I find myself tremendously thankful that we still have him today. I have to admit, as it ends, I'm a little teary-eyed, but in the best of ways. This book has inspired me with drive and optimism in the same way that their songs do. Thank you, Rob and priest.

Metal Blessings.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Julio V.
  • 2020-10-17

Even a metal god can be human.

Never would have imagined all this happening to him. I loved his narration. Definitely gonna give it a second listen. 🤘🏼😝🤘🏼

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Forget about it
  • 2020-10-15

Fell short but worth a read

A huge fan, so even though it fell short several ways, it was still enjoyable. I was dissapointed that Halford did not get detailed on his journey as a vocalist or lyricist, as he is amazing at both and some details as to his process and inspirations would've been greatly. He's also an avid reader and motorcyclist and didn't espouse on these either. Instead, this was largely an account of his relationships and longing to be loved, as well as his time with Priest.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim
  • 2020-10-14

The Metal God confesses

Rob Halford does a great job sharing the story of his life. He details the rise of Judas Priest while also being very frank about his personal life and the struggles he faced as a closeted gay man fronting a band whose fan base was not perceived to be accepting of gay culture. It is good that Rob’s worries we’re all for naught and that he has found peace, happiness, and love and was able to share his story. Quite a good read (listen)!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Brew2go
  • 2021-01-12

Beyond the realms of blah.

I guess Rob wrote this for personal closure or looking for an exploiting shock value. Nonetheless, was hoping for more Priest and lyrical music stories rather than about his graphic sexual addiction.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marshall Moore
  • 2020-10-26

Wow

I Have been a Judas Priest fan since I was 10 years .Rob Halford is my all time favorite singer He has let it all out in this book and I'm glad he did .He is a great story teller.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Paul Roy
  • 2020-10-13

Story of the Metal God

What a great book and a great story this is a great companion to K K Downings book, a complete history of Judas Priest.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Richard
  • 2021-04-21

More deviant sex than metal

After KK book heavy duty I was very much looking forward to this book, that quickly turned to nausea.

I give Rob 5 stars for reading his own book but that's where my praise ends, Robs tendency to describe in gory details sex acts over & over pretty much ruined this book for me.

kK's book was not awesome, yet he left some things to the imagination.
thank god, I wish Rob would have.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Fake
  • 2020-11-15

Metal God / Bold Talk

Loved having Halford read this to us. All is great except some of the sexual stuff. Overall....Very Good!

1 person found this helpful