Ex-JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has issued a statement dispelling the persistent rumors of a possible reunion with his former bandmates and placing much of the blame for the proliferation of false information about his activities on his former management company, Sanctuary Music Group.
Halford's statement reads as follows:
"Briefly, I want to apologize to my audience for the numerous rumors being spearheaded by my former manager of approximately two years, Rod Smallwood and his firm Sanctuary Music Management — whose companies have an interest in the three bands involved in the gossip.
"The visible intent in creating the multiple rumors, clearly, is meant to disturb and confuse my audience, the North American concert promoters, and others.
"I find the behavior appalling, for throughout my 30 year career I have prided myself in being forthright with my audience. You can trust the legal eagles from both sides will end the juvenile action immediately.
"What I will affirm to each of you again is, I am not a member of JUDAS PRIEST, and I have no plans to reunite.
"What I'm sure all of you will be pleased to know is, I have been periodically working on my relationships with Ken, Glenn & Ian since 1999, but we are certainly not at the stage where we see ourselves working together any time soon. The 1992 break-up took a lot out of us, and we are taking our time in mending our personal friendships.
"Finally, for the avoidance of doubt, I removed my activity from Rod & Sanctuary last year, due to artistic, business and philosophical differences. Providing a perfect example, their recent action falls within the latter of the just-noted.
"Thank you for allowing me to express my thoughts.
"I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 'The 2003 Metal Gods' North American tour.
"All the best,