Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford -- who hasn't used drugs or alcohol in more than 33 years -- has opened up about why he still considers himself a "recovering" addict -- and not a "former" one.
The singer says although he successfully completed his stint in rehab way back in 1986, he continues to experience cravings to this day. "I wish I could have a drink; I wish I could have a smoke and do a line," he admits. "I wish I could do all that, but I can't. I've done all that. I've done all that and it nearly killed me. I wish I could do that because when I'm with my friends and they're having a good time, and there's this little devil on your shoulder: 'Just have a quick shot. Do a shot of Jack.'"
Despite the ever-present temptations, Halford says he's been able to remain on the straight and narrow by reminding himself how much better his life is when he's sober. "When you are clean and sober, for a musician, particularly for my journey, it's the greatest gift I was given," he says. "It was a gift. I can't do this by myself. There's another source helping. That's just a thrill to share with the music at this point."