Vance vs. Judas Priest – Infamous Rock Lawsuits
In 1990 Judas Priest were sued by the family of James Vance, who had shot himself in a suicide pact with a friend after reportedly drinking, smoking pot and listening to Priest all day. His family claimed the boys had been driven by "subliminal messages" in their music. Despite Vance's long history of trouble with parents, anger issues, and extensive drug use, a judge allowed the case to to trial, where it was then dismissed. In a documentary film about the case, singer Rob Halford pointed out that encouraging the death of one's own fans would be counterproductive.
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