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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford will celebrate 36 years of sobriety, and he has spoken in a new interview about how he has managed it.

“I think about it all the time,” the frontman told Spain’s Mariscal Rock. “It’s an addiction. When I was watching the Phoenix Cardinals play on TV the other day, there were constantly adverts for beer and alcohol and stuff. And I know it’s there. And it’s a temptation. So you have to have all of the mental tools ready to get you through that instance. ‘Cause it’s all about instances.”

“And I live one day at a time,” he continued. “I’ve lived one day at a time for 35 years now. And that’s all that matters. It’s the moment. You live in the moment – not yesterday, not tomorrow; it’s now. And you have to be ready for when that little beer devil comes on your shoulder and goes, ‘Come on, Rob. Have a little drink of beer.’ ‘Fuck off.’ [Laughs] Because I don’t wanna feel that way again, man.”

Rob said that he does not want to be that person who drinks. “I was miserable. I wasn’t happy. I was bad to people. I don’t wanna go through that again,” he explained. “So that’s also part of my finding a balance in my day-to-day life.”

In 2020 in an interview with the Across, The Board podcast, Halford previously spoke about how he manages to stay clean on the road.

“It’s not easy,” he said at the time. “It’s very much a day at a time. You’re given all the tools and resources from your rehab experience. I use them every day. A lot of it is just like mental notes – talking things through. Sometimes I speak them out; a lot of it is internal. So that’s vital on a day-to-day level of sobriety.”

He has also credited his belief in a higher power for helping him in his recovery. “When I got clean and sober, that was a major change in my life,” he told Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta on his podcast The Jasta Show (via Blabbermouth). “And part of my recovery just has this higher-power belief. And it works. It works, man. It is important.”

On January 6, Thursday, Rob will celebrate the 36th anniversary of getting sober.

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