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Judas Priest

Judas Priest was one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the '70s, spearheading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal late in the decade. Decked out in leather and chains, the band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, as well as adding a vicious two-lead guitar attack; in doing so, they set the pace for much popular heavy metal from 1975 until 1985, as well as laying the groundwork for the speed and death metal of the '80s.

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1970, the group's core members were guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill. Joined by Alan Atkins and drummer John Ellis, the band played their first concert in 1971. Atkins' previous band was called Judas Priest, yet the members decided it was the best name for the new group. The band played numerous shows throughout 1971; during the year, Ellis was replaced by Alan Moore; by the end of the year, Chris Campbell replaced Moore. After a solid year of touring the U.K., Atkins and Campbell left the band in 1973 and were replaced by vocalist Rob Halford and drummer John Hinch. They continued touring, including a visit to Germany and the Netherlands in 1974. By the time the tour was completed, they had secured a record contract with Gull, an independent U.K. label. Before recording their debut album, Judas Priest added guitarist Glenn Tipton.

Rocka Rolla was released in September of 1974 to almost no attention. The following year, they gave a well-received performance at the Reading Festival and Hinch departed the band; he was replaced by Alan Moore. Later that year, the group released Sad Wings of Destiny, which earned some positive reviews. However, the lack of sales was putting the band in a dire financial situation, which was remedied by an international contract with CBS Records. Sin After Sin (1977) was the first album released under that contract; it was recorded with Simon Phillips, who replaced Moore. The record received positive reviews and the band departed for their first American tour, with Les Binks on drums.

When they returned to England, Judas Priest recorded 1978's Stained Class, the record that established them as an international force in metal. Along with 1979's Hell Bent for Leather (Killing Machine in the U.K.), Stained Class defined the nascent New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. A significant number of bands adopted Priest's leather-clad image and hard, driving sound, making their music harder, faster, and louder. After releasing Hell Bent for Leather, the band recorded the live album Unleashed in the East (1979) in Japan; it became their first platinum album in America. Les Binks left the band in 1979; he was replaced by former Trapeze drummer Dave Holland. Their next album, 1980's British Steel, entered the British charts at number three, launched the hit singles "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight," and was their second American platinum record; Point of Entry, released the following year, was nearly as successful.

At the beginning of the '80s, Judas Priest was a top concert attraction around the world, in addition to being a best-selling recording artist. Featuring the hit single "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," Screaming for Vengeance (1982) marked the height of their popularity, peaking at number 17 in America and selling over a million copies. Two years later, Defenders of the Faith nearly matched its predecessor's performance, yet metal tastes were beginning to change, as Metallica and other speed/thrash metal groups started to grow in popularity. That shift was evident on 1986's Turbo, where Judas Priest seemed out of touch with current trends; nevertheless, the record sold over a million copies in America on the basis of name recognition alone. However, 1987's Priest...Live! was their first album since Stained Class not to go gold. Ram It Down (1988) was a return to raw metal and returned the group to gold status. Dave Holland left after this record and was replaced by Scott Travis for 1990's Painkiller. Like Ram It Down, Painkiller didn't make an impact outside the band's die-hard fans, yet the group was still a popular concert act.

In the early '90s, Rob Halford began his own thrash band, Fight, and soon left Judas Priest. In 1996, following a solo album by Glenn Tipton, the band rebounded with a new young singer, Tim "Ripper" Owens (formerly a member of a Priest tribute band and of Winter's Bane). They spent the next year recording Jugulator amongst much self-perpetuated hype concerning Priest's return to their roots. The album debuted at number 82 on the Billboard album charts upon its release in late 1997. Halford had by then disbanded Fight following a decrease in interest and signed with Trent Reznor's Nothing label with a new project, Two. In the meantime, the remaining members of Judas Priest forged on with '98 Live Meltdown, a live set recorded during their inaugural tour with Ripper on the mike. Around the same time, a movie was readying production to be based on Ripper's rags-to-riches story of how he got to front his all-time favorite band. Although Priest was originally supposed to be involved with the film, they ultimately pulled out, but production went on anyway without the band's blessing (the movie, Rock Star, was eventually released in the summer of 2001, starring Mark Wahlberg in the lead role). Rob Halford in the meantime disbanded Two after just a single album, 1997's Voyeurs, and returned back to his metal roots with a quintet simply named Halford. The group issued their debut in 2000, Resurrection, following it with a worldwide tour that saw the new group open up Iron Maiden's Brave New World U.S. tour, and issue a live set one year later (which included a healthy helping of Priest classics) -- Live Insurrection.

In 2001 the Ripper-led Priest issued a new album, Demolition, and Priest's entire back catalog for Columbia was reissued with remastered sound and bonus tracks. In 2003 the band -- including Halford -- collaborated on the liner notes and song selections for their mammoth career-encompassing box Metalogy, a collaboration that brought Halford back into the fold. Owens split from the group amicably in 2003, allowing the newly reunited heavy metal legends to plan their global live concert tour in 2004, with their sixteenth studio album, Angel of Retribution, to be released the following year. In 2008 the band released Nostradamus, a sprawling, two-disc conceptual piece that charted the life and times of the famous French seer. On December 7, 2010, Priest broke the news that their upcoming Epitaph world tour would be their last. The following month, however, they clarified that they were not disbanding, announcing that they were working on new material. Before the tour began, founding member Downing left the band over differences with the other members and their management; he was replaced by Richie Faulkner.

Priest worked on their new album during the tour, which ran until 2012. The album's release was delayed several times, but it was eventually announced that it would see the light of day in July 2014. Entitled Redeemer of Souls, it was described by the band as a traditional, crowd-pleasing return to their roots. Coinciding with the announcement of the album's release, they backtracked on their earlier pronouncement and revealed details of another new world tour. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi
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My favorite song by Jp is locked in.
green manalishi and diamonds and rust 2 of the greatest cover versions ever done
ha ha, lot's of cool slang, from England.
Thxs KK. .lol..It amazes me to c how these mother f**kers talk all that s**t but look who's having another f**kin tour this fall yea JUDAS F**KIN PRIEST. ..It seems ppl on here don't have nothing better to do then worry about Robs sexual preference.. . G i v e the man credit where credits do a** holes..ROCK ON EVERYONE
Im heading out to the highway yup!!!jp rules!!!
Yeah u tell em april!!juada s priest for life!! There new cd is awsome.and f**k you!!!!!!mot h e r f * * k e r ! ! ! ! !
So wat the f**k u doing on this page then Chicane . U wouldn't make a pimple on Halfords a** mother f**ker !!
So in other words, you're a butt pirate.
Halford used to let Elton John lick the poo poo off his dildo. 10 out of 10 fans of Judas Priest are butt pirates.
Halford is the GODFATHER OF METAL.For those of u think he isn't cause he's gay ur f**kin sadly mistaken. BTW the new cd is awesome he's still f**kin got it...ROCK ON EVERYONE
Judas priest is one of the best metal bands to come, they don't make bands like this one any more.....suc h a shame too.
nicslager
Hey erik I'm a young kid and I've heard of the US festival
This is a song worth listening to halfords fucken bone chillin high pitched fucken harmonious ,it right up there sinner,or exciter yep those are fucken song signatures man Tipton,and fucken k.k.,all three are priest you motha fuckas fall to YOUR knees and repent if you plea
Hey Kenny @MetalForeve r 9 9 if you think Rob Halford is the only gay man that is in a metal band then you are as naïve and stupid as you sound !!
JP forever!!! RH truly is one of the greatest metal vocalists of all time!
nicslager
Can't wait for the new album! It has been long enough!
Judas priest for life .evryone one has there own opinion.but to me judas priest .there the greatest.lon g live the metal gods.
Only 14 days left. Redeemer Of Souls!
Judas priest rules!!mothe r f * * k e r s ! !
If you young kids have never heard of the US festival you tube it. May of 1983 San Bernadino, Ca. that's what a real rock festival looks like 350,000 people 500,000 watts of power. I was there if you can find someone who was have them tell you about it it's almost indescribabl e , best concert ever
TYRANT!
nicko252008
Halford RULES!
nicslager
Judas Priest, nuff said
Rob f**king halford. when i die this will.play at my funeral
Slayer is better
Thax for judas priest fallowers yous know wat heavy metal is !!Rock on people!!!
Ya y'all tell em... Y'all got another thing coming...
Theres always gona be aidoit that s gona talk s**t.but thats cus hes the internate.fa c e to face he wont hsve the balls to tall me to my face.
@MetalForeve r 9 9 ,

Are you serious? You do realise that Rob Halford is gay, right?
Beware of the sentinal!!ju d a s priest in the house b**ches!!!!!
Judas Priest is the best band of all time. Period...... .
Ha ha these kids... Think they know everything. I'm very sure that you're "metalforeve r " . There is nothing wrong with people who identify with homosexualit y , like Christianity or such. (Can you feel my condescensio n ? )
There will NEVER be another JP . I've seen them several times and not one concert ever disappointed me. AWESOME GROUP!
tommytitanfa n
Priest rules!!!!!
HEY MetalFoever you comments about gays is rediculous !!!! Halford -THE METAL GOD is gay, so shut your mouth & come out if the closet U A**Hole !!!!!
Yah man, I'm twelve and I love s**t like this.
my generation will go down as one of worst of all time. it's the generation where gays are being accepted, the only people who can be racist are whites, and we like that rap crap. thank god I'm different than most of the kids my age. I'm 14 and I love Judas Priest.
Sounds like the haters didnt get their salads tossed, leave his sexuality. Out of it, Music first!!!!!
I agree with rwurzbach,wh a t an jerk
The a.s.s.h.o.l. e below me should listen to Better By You, Better Than Me and maybe those subliminal messages will make him do what happened on 12/ 23/86.
9 out of 10 people on this page have butt AIDS.
@asyouwishtw i c e = you are a stupid f**king fool, keep your ignorant comments to yourself!!!
asyouwishtwi c e
The reason they called themselves Judas Priest is because JUDAS PRIEST they suck!
Judas priest is awsome!!!Roc k e n . . .
nicko252008
Holy crap, saw them open for slayer in the pouring rain, Halford came out on a Harley Davidson with a cape and scepter. ROCK ON!!!
riverman172
Electric eye. They saw the future. And there's nothing you can Do about it.
Mind bending guitar solo!
Tipton and Downing. Best twin guitar combo ever.
2nd greatest metal band ever!!! Sabbath is #1 of course
So blessed to have seen Judas Priest so many times to enjoy their music all these years. On their farewell tour I caught them at the Quest in Minneapolis, MN. The Metal God briefly locked eyes with me and I could sense him peering straight to the depths of my soul. The Metal God would of course have that power to do so, if he wished. Long live The Priest!
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