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About Judas Priest

Recalled as one of the best heavy metal bands to ever walk this earth, Judas Priest is a hugely influential band to take the genre by storm. The band was decked out in leathers and chains and incorporated the styles and vibes of bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. The two lead guitars pieced together their path to becoming one of the most popular heavy metal groups of all time.

Early Years

Judas Priest was formed in 1969 in West Bromwich, England. The core members of the group were guitarist K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, Alan Atkins and drummer John Ellis. There has been a high turnover rate in the band since its forming, and the members are now Ian Hill, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Scott Travis, and Richie Faulkner.

Their debut single and album, Rocka Rolla, was released in 1974 to almost no fanbase. Lack of sales was emptying Judas Priest’s pockets, until an international contract with CBS came. The band released Sin After Sin under CBS, receiving an American tour to go with it. In 1978, Judas Priest began to redefine metal. The release of Stained Class established the band as an international force, and several bands around them started to adopt their style, both music and fashion. Priest recorded Unleased in the East, a live album recorded in Japan, which became their first platinum album in the United States. By the beginning of the 80s, Judas Priest was the top concert attraction in the world.

Screaming for Vengeance in 1982 marked Judas Priest’s peak in popularity, selling over a million copies. However, the steam that the band brought began to fade as bands like Metallica were introduced to the public. Rob Halford left the band in the early 90’s and was replaced by Tim “Ripper” Owens.

Recent Ventures

It wasn’t until 2001 that Halford would be back in the Priest’s story, when Judas Priest and Halford collaborated on Metalogy. Owens left the group in 2003, letting the original members plan their global concert tour for 2004. Nostradamus was released in 2008, but their next album did not arrive until July of 2014.

Judas Priest did not enter the studio again as a band until 2017. The next year, they informed the public that their 18th studio album, Firepower, was completed. After its release, it charted #5 in the United States, becoming one the most successful of the bands career.

Judas Priest Tickets

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