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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Prince of Darkness says replacements are "personal friends of mine" and fans "will not be disappointed."
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It was such a logical move that even his replacement had little objection.
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Tracks are from country legend's guest-packed rock album 'Rockstar.'
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Few people outside of the band’s inner circle had an inkling that they were standing at a crossroads.
35 Years Ago: Judas Priest Fumbles With 'Johnny B. Goode' Cover
Soundtrack contribution didn't quite redeem them for passing on 'Top Gun.'
When Rob Halford Gave Glenn Tipton a Beating Onstage
Judas Priest singer recalls Spinal Tap moment with wooden beam he thought was cardboard.
Rob Halford Calls Rock Hall Every Day to Vote for Iron Maiden
Judas Priest frontman is taking part in fan vote, and wants you to join in.
Why Judas Priest Was Sued Over 'Better by You, Better Than Me'
Their innocuous cover of a Spooky Tooth song later became the focus of a court case.
K.K. Downing Almost Didn't Go to Judas Priest Rock Hall Induction
Former guitarist briefly wondered whether it was too much "fuss" for only three songs.
Judas Priest Manager Says K.K. Downing Missed Chance to Reconnect
There had been talk of more Rock Hall induction-style reunions, if things went smoothly.