Judas Priest Considering Legal Action GAP T-Shirt Design

According to Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, the heavy-metal legends are considering legal action against clothing retailer the GAP over a T-shirt design–which has since been removed from the company’s website–that bears an undeniable resemblance to the cover art of the band’s classic album, Screaming For Vengeance. Check out the GAP design, pictured below to the left, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Speaking to The Quietus, Halford commented, “Well, it’s very naughty of [GAP]. They shouldn’t have done that and we’re investigating that right now because that’s intellectual-property rights. We were never asked, neither was our label. Having said that, pushing the legal side of it to one side, it’s brilliant, isn’t it? To think that something 30-odd years later is still striking enough to be a fashion moment.”


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  • BlackDazey

    Take them for all their worth Judas Priest!

  • Knuckles_Grymm

    Wow… JP should feel fortunate that they’re given any tribute at all by a trendy store whose patrons likely listen to pop. Get over it,… if Iron Maiden started suing anyone who copped their letter font, they’d never have time to tour.

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.persons.1974 John Persons

      Congrats…you’ve let everyone on the intrawebs know that you are a moron.

      • Knuckles_Grymm

        Why, because my opinion doesn’t fit into your little box, junior. Don’t sit there and act all high and mighty about royalties when you probably have a nice little collection of burned cd’s. You probably shop at the GAP.

  • Neomalysys

    More than likely they will threaten legal action and then let GAP pay them to release licensed shirts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/floydmoist.bleumonge Floydmoist Bleumonge

    Sue Rob! Then put the money into a new album!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001440111321 Bud Moore

    I don’t know. On one hand, I see Rob’s point about permission. But he himself said that it was pretty cool that 30+ yr old album cover is still considered fashionable. For what it’s worth, I think the GAP should go ahead and pay a royalty fee to either the studio or the band and go ahead and sell the shirt. Hell, I’d buy one! Besides, Judas Priest still kicks ass! This is just my opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001440111321 Bud Moore

    Oh, on a side note; can you imagine what would happen if they tried to do this with an old Metallica or KISS album cover? Lars or Gene would sue the GAP’s heads off!! LOL

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.persons.1974 John Persons

    Hey Bud…if you’d buy one from the GAP…why not just buy an official one…ya know…from the f’n band?

  • Matt

    GAP SUCKS – PRIEST RULES, “Screaming For Vengeance” still rocks and all the yuppie fuckers can go listen to Lady Gaga!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002434964380 Chris Topher Hill

    Rob should kick a gap model in the twinkie, and sue the carp outta them. Rename the place Judas Gap!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Evans/100000514024835 Jim Evans

    Yep, it looks pretty close to it. *

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamcarr James Carroll

    It’s SOOO obvious that the GAP bird is ascending while the JP bird is descending. Clearly they don’t have a case.

  • http://twitter.com/armyVet1972 Christopher Mullins

    I’m going to give the Gao the benefit of the doubt. Whoever designed it must have seen the album cover at some point in their life. Ten, maybe fifteen, maybe twenty years later they have to design a shirt for the Gap. They *think* they have a brilliant idea for an original design: then it turns out that their subconscious mind just loves to fuck with their conscious mind. On a side note, kudos to Honda for using The Hellion on their commercial for that minivan that I would never buy.