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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.’

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Judas Priest Announce Fall 2015 North American Tour

The metal legends will play 15 dates in October and November, including a stop at KnotFest.

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Meat Loaf’s ‘You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth’ vs. Judas Priest’s ‘Wild Nights, Hot and Crazy Days’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

Meat Loaf's 'You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth' faces off against Judas Priest's 'Wild Nights, Hot and Crazy Days' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song Battle.

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33 Years Ago: Judas Priest Releases ‘Screaming for Vengeance’

Judas Priest released their most successful album, 'Screaming for Vengeance,' on July 17, 1982.

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25 Years Ago: Judas Priest Go on Trial in Subliminal Lyrics Case

Judas Priest entered a Nevada court room on July 16, 1990, facing charges that subliminal lyrics had driven two young fans to suicide.

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31 Years Ago: Judas Priest Fans Cause $250,000 Damage to Madison Square Garden

On June 18, 1984, Judas Priest were barred from performing at Madison Square Garden after a rambunctious crowd got out of hand.

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K.K. Downing Can’t Imagine Ever Reuniting with Judas Priest

The guitarist explains why he left the veteran metal band.

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The History of ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot’

On the anniversary of the concert which inspired it, we spoke with one of the directors of 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot.'

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Clash of the Titans: Judas Priest’s ‘British Steel’ vs. Iron Maiden’s ‘Iron Maiden’

Thirty-five years ago this month, a pair of British metal legends released landmark albums.

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35 Years Ago: Judas Priest Polish Their ‘British Steel’ to Perfection

Judas Priest's career arrived at a significant turning point in April 1980, when the metal veterans unveiled their aptly named sixth album, British Steel.

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Stewart Copeland vs. Scott Travis: March Drum Madness

The drummers for the Police and Judas Priest face off in Ultimate Classic Rock's March Drum Madness.

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