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.'
How 'Priest ... Live!' Captured Judas Priest at Their Biggest
Heavy metal had soared to unprecedented heights by the time band released its second concert album.
Rob Halford Outlines 'Adventurous' New Judas Priest Album
Singer says new LP is "not 'Firepower Number Two'."
Watch Judas Priest Perform Without Leather and Studs
Guitarist Richie Faulkner praises "glorious" experience as metal vets play 1,600-capacity show.
Judas Priest Confirm K.K. Downing Will Attend Rock Hall Ceremony
"He’s spoken to management and said he will definitely be there," bassist Ian Hill said of metal band's former guitarist.
K.K. Downing 'Gutted' Ripper Owens Not on Judas Priest’s HOF List
He insists the former vocalist "played an incredibly important role" in the band's history.
Duran Duran, Judas Priest and Pat Benatar React to HOF Induction
New inductees were in a celebratory mood after hearing the news.
Judas Priest, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar Among Rock Hall Honorees
The 2022 class will also include Eurythmics, Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Eminem.
K.K. Downing Says Judas Priest Stopped Paying Him Five Years Ago
Guitarist accuses former bandmates of breaking promises.