Two weeks ago, frontman Rob Halford, now with the group Two, revealed the not-entirely surprising news that he's gay, saying that while he was a member of Judas Priest, he never felt free to come out and publicly speak about his sexuality.
Speaking with MTV News during a stop on their current U.S. tour, the members of Priest addressed Halford's announcement with something less than surprise.
Guitarist K.K. Downing let out a mock yawn as bassist Ian Hill said, "It must have been the worst kept secret in rock and roll."
Answering Halford's comments that he may have been intimidated by the band to keep his sexuality a secret, guitarist Glenn Tipton said, "We supported Rob for 27 years."
"He quit the band in 1992," Downing added, "and he only just made this statement. I think that answers the question."
Priest plays the House of Blues in Chicago on Thursday with its new frontman Ripper Owens, a singer found in an Akron, Ohio-based Judas Priest cover