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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Singer says he sometimes doesn't know what he ordered until it arrives.
Judas Priest to Celebrate '50 Heavy Metal Years' in 648 Page Book
Band's history will be commemorating with 648 pages of photographs and essays, with contributions from all current members.
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Judas Priest singer says infamous 1979 moment carried anti-gay sentiments.
Rob Halford Believes It Was ‘Important’ to Quit Judas Priest
He compares 11-year absence to other lead singers who “went on the same self-journey.”
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In an exclusive interview, Rob Halford and Ian Hill explain how band learned, even in metal, less can be more.
K.K. Downing Comeback Album Is ‘Classic-Sounding Metal’
Singer Tim "Ripper" Owens says former Judas Priest members are “shooting for the top” in studio.