Judas Priest is a Nominee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Class

Judas Priest

Eligible year:
1999
Number of nominations:
2
Nominated in:
2018, 2020
Category:
Performers
Members:
  • Les Binks
  • K. K. Downing
  • Rob Halford
  • Ian Hill
  • Dave Holland
  • Glenn Tipton
  • Scott Travis

Judas Priest’s powerful sound emanated from a twin guitar attack, driving riffs, soaring operatic vocals and pounding drums.

After almost 50 years, they are still at the top of their game with intense live performances and commitment to a genre they helped define.

Biography

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If you’ve seen Judas Priest live you know the powerful force of their dual guitar attack, driving riffs, soaring operatic vocals – the unapologetic sound of heavy metal played at its absolute best. The roots of the band go back as far as 1969, but it was when vocalist Rob Halford and second lead guitarist Glenn Tipton joined guitarist K. K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill in the 1970s that their unique sound began to take real shape. In 1980, they released the classic British Steel, the album that would propel the band beyond the world of metal and hard rock – starting a run of platinum selling albums – and onto mainstream radio with “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law.”

Judas Priest is a band whose message of being yourself and loving the music you love – regardless of trends – resonates all over the world. Rob Halford is a pure singer with incredible range who is considered the best of the best by all fans of metal. His studded leather, biker-inspired visual look was adopted by many metal bands who followed. Openly and proudly gay, Halford has led an entire genre of bands and fans toward a more enlightened understanding and inclusiveness.

Having gone through a number of lineup changes over the years, the band is still performing today with plans for a new album to follow 2018’s Firepower. The list of bands who have taken inspiration from Judas Priest is long and wide, including everyone from Metallica and Slipknot to Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine. After 50 years, Judas Priest is still at the top of their game with intense live performances and a firm commitment to a genre they helped define.

Selected Discography

“Victim of Changes,” Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) • “Diamonds & Rust” (1977) • “Exciter” (1977) • “Delivering the Goods,” Stained Class (1978) • “Breaking the Law,” British Steel (1980) • “Living After Midnight” (1980) • “Heading out to the Highway” (1981) • “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” Screaming for Vengeance (1982) • “The Sentinel” (1984) “Painkiller,” Painkiller (1990)

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