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Judas Priest

Before anyone started calling it heavy metal, Judas Priest were hammering out the music’s template. Formed in Birmingham, England, at the tail end of the ’60s, the band’s core trio — singer Rob Halford, and guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, all of whom collaborated on many of Priest’s best-known songs — pushed screaming guitars on top of thundering rhythms to help form the music’s leather-studded blueprint. Halford’s piercing screams elevated songs like ‘Beyond the Realms of Death,’ ‘Breaking the Law’ and ‘Living After Midnight’ into heavy new territory. But unlike so many groups that followed, Judas Priest rarely sacrificed melody along the way, even scoring a hit single with ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin” in 1982. Some personnel shifts over the years — including a period where Halford was replaced by a singer from a Judas Priest cover band — haven’t affected the band much. In 2014, Priest released their 17th album, ‘Redeemer of Souls.’

31 Years Ago: Judas Priest Become ‘Defenders of the Faith’

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Columbia

Released on January 4, 1983, 'Defenders of the Faith' was aptly titled, both then and now.

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Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and Motorhead Will Reportedly Tour Together

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Frazer Harrison / Ethan Miller / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and Motorhead will tour next year, according to Pollstar.

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Judas Priest Offer Sneak Peek at Expanded ‘Defenders of the Faith’

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Sony

Finding it hard to wait for the March 10 release date of Judas Priest's expanded 'Defenders of the Faith' reissue?

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29 Years Ago: Two Judas Priest Fans Attempt Suicide, Parents Blame Subliminal Lyrics

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YouTube.com

Judas Priest ended up in court after a pair of men shot themselves on Dec. 23, 1985.

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Five Bands That Deserve to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Legacy / John Minihan, Hulton Archive / Chris Walter, Getty Images

Accompanying this morning's announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class was the usual head shaking and open-mouthed disbelief that some of classic rock's oldest and most worthy bands were passed up once again.

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Watch Judas Priest and Steel Panther Jam on ‘Living After Midnight’

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YouTube

Judas Priest and Steel Panther clearly had a good time on the road together.

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Judas Priest to Release Expanded Edition of ‘Defenders of the Faith’

Judas Priest
Legacy

In 1984, Judas Priest continued their platinum-selling ways with 'Defenders of the Faith.'

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Clash of the Titans, ‘Spinal Tap’ Edition – Slash vs. Judas Priest

Clash of the Titans Spinal Tap

Who's got the better real-life 'Spinal Tap' story - Slash or Judas Priest?

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Remembers Meeting Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell

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Judas Priest's frontman recalled being blown away by the guitarist.

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Judas Priest and Slash to Play Rock on the Range 2015

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Rock on the Range, the annual hard rock and metal festival held in Columbus, Ohio, has announced its lineup for next year's event.

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