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Judas Priest

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Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham in 1969. They have sold over 50 million copies of their albums, and are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band had struggled with indifferent record production and a lack of major commercial success until 1980, when they rose to commercial success with the album British Steel.

The band's membership has seen much turnover, including a revolving cast of drummers in the 1970s and the departure of singer Rob Halford in 1992. Tim "Ripper" Owens, formerly of Winter's Bane, replaced Halford in 1996 and recorded two albums with Judas Priest, before Halford returned to the band in 2003. The current line-up consists of Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis. The band's best-selling album is 1982's Screaming for Vengeance, with their most commercially successful line-up featuring Hill, Halford, Tipton, guitarist K. K. Downing, and drummer Dave Holland. Tipton and Hill are the only two members of the band to appear on every album.

Halford's operatic vocal style and the twin guitar sound of Downing and Tipton have been a major influence on heavy metal bands. Judas Priest's image of leather, spikes, and other taboo articles of clothing were widely influential during the glam metal era of the 1980s. The Guardian referred to British Steel as the record that defines heavy metal. Despite a decline in exposure during the mid 1990s, the band has once again seen a resurgence, including worldwide tours, being inaugural inductees into the VH1 Rock Honors in 2006, receiving a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2010, and having their songs featured in video games such as Guitar Hero and the Rock Band series. In 2022, Judas Priest were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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July 27, 2022

Rob Halford is “a bit pissed” Judas Priest won’t be inducted into Rock Hall as performers

The frontman said it's "frustrating" that the band will instead receive the Musical Excellence award The post Rob Halford is “a bit pissed” Judas Priest won’t be inducted into Rock Hall as performers appeared first on NME.

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July 26, 2022

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Says He’s a ‘Bit Pissed’ About Getting the Rock Hall’s Musical Excellence Award

"Why do they put these tags on the damn thing?" Halford asked. "Why don’t they go, 'Welcome. You’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' and leave it at that?"

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July 18, 2022

Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens on Judas Priest: ‘They’ve Kind of Erased My Time’

He inspired the Mark Wahlberg movie Rock Star and fronted Judas Priest for nearly a decade. Despite any frustrations, he says they're 'still friends'

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June 22, 2022

Judas Priest announce new dates on extensive 50th anniversary tour

The North American dates will kick off in October The post Judas Priest announce new dates on extensive 50th anniversary tour appeared first on NME.

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June 21, 2022

Judas Priest Mark 50th Anniversary, Hall of Fame Induction With North American Tour

Queensryche serve as special guest during group's 29-date tour

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May 15, 2022

Judas Priest confirm K.K. Downing will join band for Rock Hall induction

The band's former guitarist left the band in 2011 citing differences with the band and management The post Judas Priest confirm K.K. Downing will join band for Rock Hall induction appeared first on NME.

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May 5, 2022

Here’s What Judas Priest’s Former Guitarist K.K. Downing Thinks About Potentially Reuniting for Rock Hall Ceremony Set

"It feels very good to have the recognition for a lifetime of work," Downing says of the bands induction into the Class of 2022.

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May 5, 2022

Rob Halford on Judas Priest Entering the Rock Hall: ‘A Great Day For Heavy Metal’

"Am I the only gay metalhead in the Hall of Fame?" Halford asks. "How cool is that?"

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May 5, 2022

Dolly Parton discusses Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction: “I never meant to cause trouble”

The country icon will be inducted in the Class of 2022 among Eminem, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Judas Priest and others The post Dolly Parton discusses Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction: “I never meant to cause trouble” appeared first on NME.

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May 4, 2022

For Judas Priest Third Time’s a Charm For Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘That’s the Blessing We’ve All Been Waiting For’

"We're a band that has taken you through man, many different, many dimensions, of metal," said singer Rob Halford.

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May 4, 2022

Dolly Parton and Eminem Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022

Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis receive special honors while Eurythmics, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Carly Simon, and Lionel Richie get inducted

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May 4, 2022

Eminem, Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie Lead Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 Class

Pat Benatar, Judas Priest, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also enter the Cleveland institution

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April 19, 2022

Rob Halford Gets ‘Biblical’ in Upcoming Book ‘Heavy Metal Scriptures’

Judas Priest frontman takes readers "through all the ins and out and ups and downs of what it takes to make the life of the Metal God" in new tome

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March 17, 2022

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner says Dolly Parton’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nomination withdrawal was a “classy” move

The country icon took herself out of the running in a social media statement earlier this week, saying “I don’t feel that I have earned that right” The post Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner says Dolly Parton’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nomination withdrawal was a “classy” move appeared first on NME.

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March 10, 2022

Slayer’s Kerry King on Why Judas Priest Matter

With metal's "defenders of the faith" up for induction into the Rock Hall yet again, the thrash pioneer makes his case bluntly: "There would be no Slayer without Priest"

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March 1, 2022

Watch members of Mastodon, Anthrax and more cover Judas Priest’s ‘Screaming For Vengeance’

Also featuring Gene Hoglan and Municipal Waste’s Phil “LandPhil” Hall The post Watch members of Mastodon, Anthrax and more cover Judas Priest’s ‘Screaming For Vengeance’ appeared first on NME.

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February 8, 2022

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford speaks on line-up changes: “That blew up in my face, didn’t it?”

The five-piece Priest will tour in March The post Judas Priest’s Rob Halford speaks on line-up changes: “That blew up in my face, didn’t it?” appeared first on NME.

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February 4, 2022

Judas Priest Say Third Nomination for Rock and Roll of Fame Is ‘Still a Rush’

"If Lionel [Richie] and Priest get in, I think we'll both be dancing on the ceiling, together," frontman Rob Halford tells Billboard.

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February 2, 2022

Eminem, Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, Dolly Parton Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame 2022

Dolly Parton, Rage Against the Machine, Kate Bush, Devo, Fela Kuti, MC5, Judas Priest, Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, and more are also on this year’s longlist

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February 2, 2022

Rock Hall of Fame: Eminem, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran Lead Nominees

Beck, Pat Benatar, Carly Simon, A Tribe Called Quest, Kate Bush, Devo, and Judas Priest are also on the ballot

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January 25, 2022

Keyboardist Don Airey on His Years With Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath

The heavy-metal veteran has also played with Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, Rainbow, UFO, Whitesnake, and Bruce Dickinson

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January 16, 2022

Judas Priest Walk Back Decision to Tour as Quartet After Fans’ Outcry

"Given all that has recently evolved and transpired we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged," band says of reversed lineup changes

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January 16, 2022

Judas Priest reverse decision to remove guitarist Andy Sneap from touring line-up

"We have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged" The post Judas Priest reverse decision to remove guitarist Andy Sneap from touring line-up appeared first on NME.

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January 11, 2022

Judas Priest remove guitarist Andy Sneap from touring line-up

Sneap says the band's decision is "incredibly disappointing", but will still be involved in the forthcoming 'Firepower' follow-up The post Judas Priest remove guitarist Andy Sneap from touring line-up appeared first on NME.

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January 4, 2022

The long-awaited Ronnie James Dio documentary is set for release in 2022

The film will feature interviews with Jack Black, Judas Priest's Rob Halford, and more The post The long-awaited Ronnie James Dio documentary is set for release in 2022 appeared first on NME.

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January 3, 2022

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford on achieving 36 years of sobriety: “I live one day at a time”

The frontman has shared how he's managed to evade the urge to relapse almost four decades on The post Judas Priest’s Rob Halford on achieving 36 years of sobriety: “I live one day at a time” appeared first on NME.

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December 20, 2021

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford reunites with Glenn Tipton in new photo

Tipton stepped back from touring with the band in 2018 after the progression of his Parkinson's disease left him unable to perform live The post Judas Priest’s Rob Halford reunites with Glenn Tipton in new photo appeared first on NME.

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November 18, 2021

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner shares update on health seven weeks after heart surgery

"I’m feeling very strong and positive" The post Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner shares update on health seven weeks after heart surgery appeared first on NME.

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October 18, 2021

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Shares Metal Horns Pics From Prostate Cancer Treatment: ‘Never Give Up. Never Give In’

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford has revealed his pandemic battle with prostate cancer, including pics from his treatment.

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Discs

Reflections - 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music

October 15, 2021

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The Hellion / Electric Eye (Live at The Summit, Houston, 1986)

July 15, 2021

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Firepower

March 9, 2018

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Never the Heroes

March 2, 2018

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Lightning Strike

January 5, 2018

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Judas Priest at Live Aid (Live at John F. Kennedy Stadium, 13th July 1985)

January 1, 2018

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Turbo 30 (Remastered 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

February 3, 2017

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Out in the Cold (Recorded at Kemper Arena in Kansas City)

January 9, 2017

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Turbo Lover (Recorded at Kemper Arena in Kansas City)

December 16, 2016

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Battle Cry

March 25, 2016

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Halls of Valhalla (Live from Battle Cry)

March 18, 2016

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Electric Eye (Live from Battle Cry)

March 11, 2016

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Metal Gods (Live from Battle Cry)

March 4, 2016

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Breaking the Law (Live from Battle Cry)

February 26, 2016

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Redeemer of Souls (Track by Track)

July 8, 2014

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Redeemer of Souls (Deluxe)

July 7, 2014

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Dragonaut

June 16, 2014

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March of the Damned

May 19, 2014

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Redeemer of Souls

April 29, 2014

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Nostradamus

June 16, 2008

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Angel Of Retribution

February 28, 2005

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Demolition

July 31, 2001

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Demolition (Explicit Version)

July 31, 2001

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Hero Hero

May 9, 2000

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Sad Wings Of Destiny

January 25, 2000

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Painkiller

September 26, 1990

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Ram It Down

May 3, 1988

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Priest...Live!

July 7, 1987

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Turbo 30

April 7, 1986

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Defenders of the Faith (30th Anniversary Edition) [Remastered]

January 1, 1984

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Defenders Of The Faith

January 1, 1984

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Screaming For Vengeance (Expanded Edition)

January 1, 1982

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Screaming For Vengeance

January 1, 1982

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Point Of Entry

January 1, 1981

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British Steel

January 1, 1980

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Unleashed In The East

May 6, 1979

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Hell Bent For Leather

January 1, 1979

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Stained Class

October 27, 1978

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Sin After Sin

November 15, 1977

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Rocka Rolla

September 6, 1974

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