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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 diehard 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 mic. 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 titled simply...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, the band broke the news that their current tour, The Epitaph World Tour, would be their last. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi
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Judas priest is awsome!!!Roc k e n . . .
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!!!
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!
Rob wanted to name the song Electric Brown Eye....
They don't have jugulator or Rocka Rolla in the discography
Sabbath was not merely heavy blues. That's just ignorant.
what the hell.. those are the lyrics to Delivering the goods not Screaming for Vengeance wtf pandora
Now this is how Metal should sound damn it !!! Follow for a follow MetalHeads \m/
you know ive followed priest since i was 9,i never heard anything in my life that made me actually feel like part of a story and it just made me look at things differently. a f t e r a whie i stoped ,turbo lover and all came out then someone said painkiller was out,ill never forget cranking it up and my headphones on the hair on the back of my neck stood straight up.yeah halfords back!!!some music gives you no fear,for some thats bad ,thank you
Don't read this, because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this, don't stop.This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary, because it works

Uh, the album is not Killing Machine its Hell Bent For Leather that Running Wild is on Pandora. Saw Priest twice, Screaming for Vengeance and Ram It Down!
Sad Wings of Destiny was the first Priest record I ever heard. I was hooked from then on. Also love Stained Class.
In all honesty Priest is the true founder of HM not Black Sabbath as Sabbath was heavy Blues. Priest took that sound and ran with it and created the sound and image we all love.
Best song in heavy metal
Hey I think Rob is very hot and even though I am " GAY " myself I still think he is the grest singer of all time and I Love him
Saw Priest in bar before fame Awesome band!!!
One of the GREATEST bands of all time f**k yeah
Cannot step away! Brings me back to all those 80's Priest concerts. \m/ Still grinning!
One Life.. and I'm going to live it up!... fuk yeah.. rock on Judas Priest
The Metal God!
Yes he has the pipe's & he likes the pipe. Lol
Washin the Dog! Washing the Dog!....Wash i n the Dog! Washin the Dog!
Can't wait for the new album! \m/
He might be gay but I bet he could your a**
the music is the only thing that should matter the only one's who care about who's gay or not is those jesus's freak's
I hope to have this song played nationally when i pass on ...
Das Priest
kick a**
not sure why dialogue here...just sign the guest book move on...extrane o u s chit chat, although interesting, probably should be on some sort of idiotic book face thing...espe c i a l l y the gay stuff. rob and Glenn and kk thanks man peace
Badasss comment, definitely agree \/
Whoever cites the lyrics for Pandora needs to be fired, out of a cannon, into the sun.
F**kin Kickass music just like iron maiden!!!!!! !

F**k yeah you've got another thing coming!!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Very talented band '
the scorpions will never die
As a proud Halford I do say Judas Priest is amazing
Vocalist, Rob Halford, is the who is gay. What does that have to do with the music? Judas Priest were very instrumental in the progression of Heavy Metal and they were The front runners in the late seventies New Wave of British Heavy Metal! JP has influenced thousands of bands who wouldn't sound nearly as good without that influence! So, before one goes off rambling, they should learn and know their subject matter before opening their mouths! Priest rules! A fan since '75!
Sensing a lot of homophobia out there, my brother is gay but he can play the hell out of a guitar .... oh, what's gay supposed to SOUND like any?
Looking at the lyrics, there isn't anything gay about them. The only thing weird about them is that they don't sound like they should come from a metal band. They sound more like pop/rock songs. Oh well.
Ill start by saying Judas Priest kicks hardcore a** but some songs defiantly sound gay ie. turbo lover, another thing commin, ram it down, hellbent for leather, rocka rolla.... just to name a few. They deffinatly sound like homosexual innuendos but maby I'm wrong . But They are still awesome .
Who cares if he was gay. His music does not sound gay
boobalagrein e r
moomoo is a closet homo.
follow for follow :D
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