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Rob Halford says he’s not one to get overtly political with his music, but that sometimes he doesn’t really have to in order to make a point.

He tells Rochester, New York’s City Newspaper that when he stands “on stage in Saint Petersburg in Russia, that’s a victory for gay people. Sometimes you don’t have to say anything. You just stand there and people go, ‘I know exactly what you’re thinking right now standing on that stage.'”

He’s also not above some subtle provocation in his lyrics. He says “there are references all over the place that could be a smoke screen in a political sense.” But he admits there are some days when he wakes up and thinks he should be more of an activist. “Especially being a gay metal head and knowing that there are still all of these injustices against people like me.”