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Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford kicks off a series of interviews on hard rock and heavy metal. The band,judaspriest.jpg originally from Birmingham, England, was a pioneer of the heavy metal sound at the height of its popularity in the 1970s and 80s. The band’s name comes from the title of the Bob Dylan song, “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest.” Halford left the band in 1991, citing internal tension. In 1998 he came out of the closet during an interview on MTV. Halford, whose nickname is the Metal God, returned to Judas Priest in 2003. The band’s most popular songs include “Breaking the Law,” “Hell Bent for Leather,” and “Livin’ After Midnight.”

ALSO, guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield founded the popular metal band Metallica. Hetfield co-writes many of the band’s songs, a force on the heavy metal scene since the 1980s. In 2004, the movie Metallica: Some Kind of Monster captured the band at a time of crisis, when their bass player quit and the group hired a “therapist and performance-enhancement coach” to help them sort things out. Also, Hetfield entered rehab during the filming.

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Another chance to meet JON CLINCH author of a new novel, Finn. It tells the story of Huckleberry Finn’s father, the notorious literary character of American writer Mark Twain. Clinch has taught American literature and runs an ad agency in the Delaware Valley.

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Host David Dye welcomes The Rosebuds in this special repeat edition of the World Cafe. Started by husband and wife duo Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, this indie pop band recently released their third full-length album, Night of the Furies. Combining catchy melodies and poetic lyrics, the songs will have you both dancing to the grooves and reflecting on their message.

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