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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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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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Rob Halford Grants Dying Judas Priest Fan’s Final Wish

Halford recounted the story on the second episode of VH1 Classic's 'Rock Icons' show.

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Columbia

Hear Judas Priest Perform ‘Some Heads Are Gonna Roll’ Live: Exclusive Premiere

Judas Priest's remastered and expanded Defenders of the Faith won't arrive until March 10, but you don't have to wait that long to hear the live version of "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" from the bonus discs.

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10 Years Ago: Judas Priest Are Born Again With ‘Angel of Retribution’

On March 1, 2005, Judas Priest put an end to a decade's worth of strife between singer Rob Halford and his bandmates with the highly anticipated 'Angel of Retribution.'

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Scott Travis Vs. John Densmore: March Drum Madness

In what might be the oddest clash of musical styles from the sixteen first-round match-ups of our March Drum Madness competition, Judas Priest's Scott Travis takes on John Densmore of the Doors.

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