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.'
Judas Priest Brings Metalworks to San Antonio: Review and Photos
Metal gods return to Alamo City on 50th-anniversary trek.
Richie Faulkner Offered to Opt Out of Judas Priest Rock Hall Show
He's still marveling over lining up with K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton.
Why Judas Priest Couldn’t Get Richie Faulkner Into the Rock Hall
Guitarist was band member at the wrong time despite 12 years in place, she reports.
Judas Priest Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Alice Cooper introduced this year's winner of the Musical Excellence Award.
Judas Priest Stages Muscular Rock Hall Reunion With Ex-Members
Former guitarist K.K. Downing and drummer Les Binks joined the current lineup for special performance.
Rob Halford on Milestone Concerts, Midlife Crises and Motley Crue
Metal God talks about several aspects of his new book, 'Biblical.'
Judas Priest's Hall of Fame Medley to Include Multiple Ex-Members
Former drummer Les Binks says eight-minute performance will be “one for the books.”
Judas Priest Is 'Way Less Stupid' Now, Says Ian Hill
Bassist discusses band's longevity and the success of embracing commercial music.
Judas Priest's HOF Set 'Might Kick-Start' K.K. Downing Resolution
"On the other hand, he might pull us all apart," bassist Ian Hill surmises.
K.K. Downing Confirms He'll Play With Judas Priest at Rock Hall
Guitarist jokes he won't even "be able to break a sweat" during the band's short set