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Judas Priest


Judas Priest are pioneers of the heavy metal genre, and arguably created the "metal" look. Priest were one of the bands that helped spur the heavy metal genre's evolution by discarding most of its blues influence, and created a "metallic" sound which inspired generations of metal bands to come. Judas Priest were one of the first heavy metal bands and are considered one of the most influential bands in the genre, helping the evolution of speed and thrash metal in the 80s.

K. K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill had known each other since early childhood, as they lived near one another and attended the same nursery and school in West Bromwich. They became close friends in their early teens, when they shared similar musical interests (Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream, The Yardbirds) and learned to play instruments. The band was founded in 1969 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, after a local ensemble named Judas Priest (after Bob Dylan's song "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" from the John Wesley Harding album) split up. The band's singer, Al Atkins, approached Downing and Hill, who were playing as a power trio with drummer John Ellis, and asked if he could become their singer. With Atkins now in the band, Downing suggested they change their name to Judas Priest as he had been a fan of the original band.

Later, in 1972, Rob Halford and drummer John Hinch joined to replace Atkins and Partridge, respectively. A second guitarist, Glenn Tipton, was also added to the line-up in 1974 as compensation for their record company's (Gull Records) suggestion to add a horn section to the first album, Rocka Rolla.

Downing and Tipton's harmonised guitar lines were not particularly common at the time, but became a trademark for the group and would inspire other bands such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Megadeth to do the same. It is now a standard feature of many heavy metal bands and appears in many of metal's sub-genres.

The band featuring Halford, Downing, Tipton and Hill would go on to record 14 albums from 1974 through to 1990. Their second album, Sad Wings of Destiny (released in 1976), is considered one of the most influential metal albums along with Black Sabbath's self-titled d├ębut.

Priest went through a considerable number of drummers between their formation and 1980 when Dave Holland joined and stayed until 1988's Ram It Down, and this is arguably the inspiration for Spinal Tap's misfortune with drummers. Racer X drummer Scott Travis joined the band to record 1990's Painkiller album and has been with the band ever since.

1980 saw Priest release perhaps their most famous album, British Steel, which featured a more focused and sleek approach to metal than previous efforts. This, coupled with catchy, fist-pumping riffs and memorable vocal melodies ensured the band a string of consecutive platinum selling albums. Fans were slightly disillusioned with 1986's Turbo, which featured electronic drums and synthesised guitars, but the band were still selling out arenas worldwide.

Halford left the group in 1993, going in a new direction with his new, short-lived metal band, Fight and, later, 2wo. He began a successful solo career with his own self-titled band in 1999.

With Halford gone, the future looked bleak for the band, but after numerous searches for a suitable replacement, they found something special in tribute band front man Tim "Ripper" Owens. This story forms the basic plot of the movie "Rock Star," which was originally to be completely about Judas Priest and the Ripper, titled "Metal God," but the script was altered after the failure to reach an agreement with the band. Judas Priest recorded 4 albums with Owens (2 studio, 2 live records) which were greeted with mixed reactions from fans.

In 2003, the Judas Priest's 1990 line-up was restored when Rob Halford returned to the group after rekindling the relationship during work on Judas Priest's 4-CD career retrospective "Metalogy." In 2004 the band played Ozzfest and released a CD of new studio material entitled Angel of Retribution and an accompanying live DVD in 2005, enjoying a successful world tour that year.

After an emotional reunion, extensive tour and new studio album, the band released a follow-up album in June 2008, entitled Nostradamus. Unusually for Priest, this album was a double CD and was their first conceptual album; based upon the life and predictions of Nostradamus, which instilled a mixed reaction among fans.

In 2011, KK Downing announced his retirement. The band itself stated that their next world tour, Epitaph, would be their last. Downing's replacement is the former guitarist for Steve Harris's daughter, Lauren Harris. The new guitarist was born in 1980 when Judas Priest was on the British Steel tour. His name is Richie Faulkner.

In July 2014, Judas Priest released their latest album 'Redeemer of Souls'. This was the first Judas Priest studio album not to feature KK Downing, and instead feature Richie Faulkner. The album was received with much success, and Ian Hill named it Priest's best album yet. Later in 2014, Judas Priest embarked on their Redeemer of Souls world tour, and are due to play Download Festival in June 2015.

Current Members:

Rob Halford - Lead Vocals (1973-1991, 2003-)

Glenn Tipton - Lead Guitar (1974-)

Richie Faulkner - Lead Guitar (2013-)

Ian Hill - Bass (1970-)

Scott Travis: - Drums (1989-)



Song lyric Painkiller PAINKILLER Judas Priest
Song lyric Living After Midnight LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT Judas Priest
Song lyric You've Got Another Thing Comin' YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMIN' Judas Priest
Song lyric Electric Eye ELECTRIC EYE Judas Priest
Song lyric Night Crawler NIGHT CRAWLER Judas Priest
Song lyric Metal Gods METAL GODS Judas Priest
Song lyric Turbo Lover TURBO LOVER Judas Priest
Song lyric Hell Patrol HELL PATROL Judas Priest
Song lyric Metal Meltdown METAL MELTDOWN Judas Priest
Song lyric All Guns Blazing ALL GUNS BLAZING Judas Priest
Song lyric Leather Rebel LEATHER REBEL Judas Priest
Song lyric The Ripper THE RIPPER Judas Priest
Song lyric Rapid Fire RAPID FIRE Judas Priest
Song lyric Grinder GRINDER Judas Priest
Song lyric Freewheel Burning FREEWHEEL BURNING Judas Priest
Song lyric Exciter EXCITER Judas Priest
Song lyric Battle Hymn BATTLE HYMN Judas Priest
Song lyric Bloodstone BLOODSTONE Judas Priest
Song lyric Judas Rising JUDAS RISING Judas Priest
Song lyric The Rage THE RAGE Judas Priest
Song lyric Ram It Down RAM IT DOWN Judas Priest
Song lyric The Sentinel THE SENTINEL Judas Priest
Song lyric Love Bites LOVE BITES Judas Priest
Song lyric Angel ANGEL Judas Priest
Song lyric Devil's Child DEVIL'S CHILD Judas Priest
Song lyric Steeler STEELER Judas Priest
Song lyric Revolution REVOLUTION Judas Priest
Song lyric Sinner SINNER Judas Priest
Song lyric Some Heads Are Gonna Roll SOME HEADS ARE GONNA ROLL Judas Priest
Song lyric Tyrant TYRANT Judas Priest
Song lyric Eat Me Alive EAT ME ALIVE Judas Priest
Song lyric Fever FEVER Judas Priest
Song lyric A Touch Of Evil A TOUCH OF EVIL Judas Priest
Song lyric Abductors ABDUCTORS Judas Priest
Song lyric All Fired Up ALL FIRED UP Judas Priest
Song lyric All The Way ALL THE WAY Judas Priest
Song lyric Alone ALONE Judas Priest
Song lyric Awakening AWAKENING Judas Priest
Song lyric Before The Dawn BEFORE THE DAWN Judas Priest
Song lyric Better By You Better Than Me BETTER BY YOU BETTER THAN ME Judas Priest
Song lyric Between The Hammer & The Anvil BETWEEN THE HAMMER & THE ANVIL Judas Priest
Song lyric Between The Hammer And The Anvil BETWEEN THE HAMMER AND THE ANVIL Judas Priest
Song lyric Between the Hammer BETWEEN THE HAMMER Judas Priest
Song lyric Beyond The Realms Of Death BEYOND THE REALMS OF DEATH Judas Priest
Song lyric Blood Red Skies BLOOD RED SKIES Judas Priest
Song lyric Blood Stained BLOOD STAINED Judas Priest
Song lyric Bloodsuckers BLOODSUCKERS Judas Priest
Song lyric Brain Dead BRAIN DEAD Judas Priest
Song lyric Break The Law BREAK THE LAW Judas Priest
Song lyric Breaking The Law BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest
Song lyric Bullet Train BULLET TRAIN Judas Priest
Song lyric Burn In Hell BURN IN HELL Judas Priest
Song lyric Burnin Up BURNIN UP Judas Priest
Song lyric Burnin' Up BURNIN' UP Judas Priest
Song lyric Call For The Priest CALL FOR THE PRIEST Judas Priest
Song lyric Call For The Priest / Raw Deal CALL FOR THE PRIEST / RAW DEAL Judas Priest
Song lyric Calm Before The Storm CALM BEFORE THE STORM Judas Priest
Song lyric Cathedral Spires CATHEDRAL SPIRES Judas Priest
Song lyric Cheater CHEATER Judas Priest
Song lyric Close To You CLOSE TO YOU Judas Priest
Song lyric Come And Get It COME AND GET IT Judas Priest
Song lyric Conquest CONQUEST Judas Priest
Song lyric Cyberface CYBERFACE Judas Priest
Song lyric Dead Meat DEAD MEAT Judas Priest
Song lyric Dead Meet DEAD MEET Judas Priest
Song lyric Deal With The Devil DEAL WITH THE DEVIL Judas Priest
Song lyric Death DEATH Judas Priest
Song lyric Death Row DEATH ROW Judas Priest
Song lyric Decapitate DECAPITATE Judas Priest
Song lyric Deceiver DECEIVER Judas Priest
Song lyric Deep Freeze DEEP FREEZE Judas Priest
Song lyric Defenders Of The Faith DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH Judas Priest
Song lyric Delivering The Goods DELIVERING THE GOODS Judas Priest
Song lyric Demonizer DEMONIZER Judas Priest
Song lyric Desert Plains DESERT PLAINS Judas Priest
Song lyric Devil Digger DEVIL DIGGER Judas Priest
Song lyric Diamonds And Rust DIAMONDS AND RUST Judas Priest
Song lyric Dissident Aggressor DISSIDENT AGGRESSOR Judas Priest
Song lyric Don't Go DON'T GO Judas Priest
Song lyric Dreamer Deceiver DREAMER DECEIVER Judas Priest
Song lyric Dying To Meet You DYING TO MEET YOU Judas Priest
Song lyric Epitah EPITAH Judas Priest
Song lyric Epitaph EPITAPH Judas Priest
Song lyric Eulogy EULOGY Judas Priest
Song lyric Evening Star EVENING STAR Judas Priest
Song lyric Evil Fantasies EVIL FANTASIES Judas Priest
Song lyric Evil Never Dies EVIL NEVER DIES Judas Priest
Song lyric Exiled EXILED Judas Priest
Song lyric Feed On Me FEED ON ME Judas Priest
Song lyric Fight For Your Life FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE Judas Priest
Song lyric Fire Burns Below FIRE BURNS BELOW Judas Priest
Song lyric Firepower FIREPOWER Judas Priest
Song lyric Future Of Mankind FUTURE OF MANKIND Judas Priest
Song lyric Genocide GENOCIDE Judas Priest
Song lyric Halls of Valhalla HALLS OF VALHALLA Judas Priest
Song lyric Hard As Iron HARD AS IRON Judas Priest
Song lyric Heading Out To The Highway HEADING OUT TO THE HIGHWAY Judas Priest
Song lyric Heavy Duty HEAVY DUTY Judas Priest
Song lyric Heavy Metal HEAVY METAL Judas Priest
Song lyric Hell Bent For Leather HELL BENT FOR LEATHER Judas Priest
Song lyric Hell Is Home HELL IS HOME Judas Priest
Song lyric Hellrider HELLRIDER Judas Priest
Song lyric Here Come The Tears HERE COME THE TEARS Judas Priest
Song lyric Heroes End HEROES END Judas Priest
Song lyric Hope HOPE Judas Priest
Song lyric Hot For Love HOT FOR LOVE Judas Priest
Song lyric Hot Rockin' HOT ROCKIN' Judas Priest
Song lyric I'm A Rocker I'M A ROCKER Judas Priest
Song lyric In Between IN BETWEEN Judas Priest
Song lyric Invader INVADER Judas Priest
Song lyric Island Of Domination ISLAND OF DOMINATION Judas Priest
Song lyric Jawbreaker JAWBREAKER Judas Priest
Song lyric Jekyll And Hyde JEKYLL AND HYDE Judas Priest
Song lyric Johnny B. Goode JOHNNY B. GOODE Judas Priest
Song lyric Jugulator JUGULATOR Judas Priest
Song lyric Killing Machine KILLING MACHINE Judas Priest
Song lyric Last Rose Of Summer LAST ROSE OF SUMMER Judas Priest
Song lyric Let Us Pray LET US PRAY Judas Priest
Song lyric Lightning Strike LIGHTNING STRIKE Judas Priest
Song lyric Living Bad Dreams LIVING BAD DREAMS Judas Priest
Song lyric Lochness LOCHNESS Judas Priest
Song lyric Locked In LOCKED IN Judas Priest
Song lyric Lost And Found LOST AND FOUND Judas Priest
Song lyric Lost Love LOST LOVE Judas Priest
Song lyric Love You To Death LOVE YOU TO DEATH Judas Priest
Song lyric Love Zone LOVE ZONE Judas Priest
Song lyric Machine Man MACHINE MAN Judas Priest
Song lyric Metal Messiah METAL MESSIAH Judas Priest
Song lyric Monsters Of Rock MONSTERS OF ROCK Judas Priest
Song lyric Never Satisfied NEVER SATISFIED Judas Priest
Song lyric Never Satisified NEVER SATISIFIED Judas Priest
Song lyric Never the Heroes NEVER THE HEROES Judas Priest
Song lyric New Beginnings NEW BEGINNINGS Judas Priest
Song lyric Night Comes Down NIGHT COMES DOWN Judas Priest
Song lyric No Surrender NO SURRENDER Judas Priest
Song lyric Nostradamus NOSTRADAMUS Judas Priest
Song lyric On The Run ON THE RUN Judas Priest
Song lyric One For The Road ONE FOR THE ROAD Judas Priest
Song lyric One On One ONE ON ONE Judas Priest
Song lyric One Shot At Glory ONE SHOT AT GLORY Judas Priest
Song lyric Out In The Cold OUT IN THE COLD Judas Priest
Song lyric Pain And Pleasure PAIN AND PLEASURE Judas Priest
Song lyric Parental Guidance PARENTAL GUIDANCE Judas Priest
Song lyric Peace PEACE Judas Priest
Song lyric Persecution PERSECUTION Judas Priest
Song lyric Pestilence And Plague PESTILENCE AND PLAGUE Judas Priest
Song lyric Prisoner Of Your Eyes PRISONER OF YOUR EYES Judas Priest
Song lyric Prisoner of Your Eyes PRISONER OF YOUR EYES Judas Priest
Song lyric Private Property PRIVATE PROPERTY Judas Priest
Song lyric Prophecy PROPHECY Judas Priest
Song lyric Race With the Devil RACE WITH THE DEVIL Judas Priest
Song lyric Raw Deal RAW DEAL Judas Priest
Song lyric Reckless RECKLESS Judas Priest
Song lyric Red, White And Blue RED, WHITE AND BLUE Judas Priest
Song lyric Redeemer of Souls REDEEMER OF SOULS Judas Priest
Song lyric Revelations REVELATIONS Judas Priest
Song lyric Riding On The Wind RIDING ON THE WIND Judas Priest
Song lyric Rock Forever ROCK FOREVER Judas Priest
Song lyric Rock Hard Ride Free ROCK HARD RIDE FREE Judas Priest
Song lyric Rock You All Around The World ROCK YOU ALL AROUND THE WORLD Judas Priest
Song lyric Rocka Rolla ROCKA ROLLA Judas Priest
Song lyric Run Of The Mill RUN OF THE MILL Judas Priest
Song lyric Running Wild RUNNING WILD Judas Priest
Song lyric Saints In Hell SAINTS IN HELL Judas Priest
Song lyric Sands Of Time SANDS OF TIME Judas Priest
Song lyric Savage SAVAGE Judas Priest
Song lyric Screaming For Vengeance SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE Judas Priest
Song lyric Shadows In The Flam SHADOWS IN THE FLAM Judas Priest
Song lyric Solar Angels SOLAR ANGELS Judas Priest
Song lyric Spectre SPECTRE Judas Priest
Song lyric Stained Class STAINED CLASS Judas Priest
Song lyric Starbreaker STARBREAKER Judas Priest
Song lyric Subterfuge SUBTERFUGE Judas Priest
Song lyric Sword of Damocles SWORD OF DAMOCLES Judas Priest
Song lyric Take On The World TAKE ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
Song lyric The Four Horseman THE FOUR HORSEMAN Judas Priest
Song lyric The Four Horsemen THE FOUR HORSEMEN Judas Priest
Song lyric The Green Manalishi THE GREEN MANALISHI Judas Priest
Song lyric The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO-PRONGED CROWN) Judas Priest
Song lyric The Hellion THE HELLION Judas Priest
Song lyric Thunder Road THUNDER ROAD Judas Priest
Song lyric Troubleshooter TROUBLESHOOTER Judas Priest
Song lyric Turn On Your Light TURN ON YOUR LIGHT Judas Priest
Song lyric Turning Circles TURNING CIRCLES Judas Priest
Song lyric United (british Steel) UNITED (BRITISH STEEL) Judas Priest
Song lyric Victim Of Changes VICTIM OF CHANGES Judas Priest
Song lyric Visions VISIONS Judas Priest
Song lyric War WAR Judas Priest
Song lyric What's My Name? WHAT'S MY NAME? Judas Priest
Song lyric Wheels Of Fire WHEELS OF FIRE Judas Priest
Song lyric White Heat Red Hot WHITE HEAT RED HOT Judas Priest
Song lyric Wild Nights. Hot And Crazy Days WILD NIGHTS. HOT AND CRAZY DAYS Judas Priest
Song lyric Winter WINTER Judas Priest
Song lyric Winter Retreat WINTER RETREAT Judas Priest
Song lyric Worth Fighting For WORTH FIGHTING FOR Judas Priest
Song lyric You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE OLD TO BE WISE Judas Priest
Song lyric You Say Yes YOU SAY YES Judas Priest
Song lyric You've Got Another Thing Coming YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING Judas Priest