Babymetal has been steadily building a portfolio of candid pics with metal celebrities, from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to Trivium’s Matt Heafy, Deftones’ Chino Moreno and Slayer’s Kerry King and Gary Holt. The children of the Fox God also had a meta moment when they took photos with the Metal God himself, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, during their worldwide travels. Now Halford is giving Babymetal an even bigger stamp of approval: Billboard can exclusively announce that when the trio performs at the third annual Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards (APMAs) on July 18, live from Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, he will join them onstage.
“Honestly, I am still at a loss of what to feel,” says Babymetal’s Su-metal about the pairing with Halford. “But to be able to perform together with the Metal God, I am in disbelief.”