2015 Global Honorary Hall of Fame Inductee



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Judas Priest was one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the ‘70s. The band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, adding a two-lead guitar attack, while decked out in leather and chains. They set the pace for much popular heavy metal from 1975 to the present. Formed in Birmingham, England in 1970, the band’s core members were guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill. Soon joined by Alan Atkins and drummer John Ellis, they toured extensively in the UK in the early 70’s. As their music gained fans, a 1974 tour that included Germany and The Netherlands, resulted in the band signing with Gull Records out of the UK. Personnel changed quickly; by 1974, the line-up included vocalist Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, and drummer, John Hinch, who replaced Ellis. The trio of Tipton, Downing and Halford wrote many Judas Priest classics featured on successive albums. Success came with persistence. “Rocka Rolla”, released in September, 1974 gleaned little attention. In 1976, “Sad Wings of Destiny” was released and by 1977, with an international record contract with CBS Records in hand, “Sin After Sin” (1977) was released followed by their first USA tour. Back in the UK, Judas Priest recorded 1978’s “Stained Class”, the iconic record that established them as an international force in metal. “Stained Class”, followed by “Hell Bent for Leather” defined the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. The band recorded “Unleashed in the East” in Japan in 1979; it became their first platinum album in America. Their next album, 1980’s “British Steel”, launched the hit singles “Breaking the Law” and “Living After Midnight,” and was their second American platinum record. By the early ‘80s, Judas Priest was a top concert attraction around the world, in addition to being a best-selling recording artist. Featuring the hit single “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” the album “Screaming for Vengeance” (1982) marked the height of their international fame. Subsequent album releases included “Defenders of the Faith” (1984), “Turbo” (1986), “Priest Live” (1987) and “Ram It Down” (1988). 1990 Judas Priest’s highly acclaimed album, “Painkiller” was released. Vocalist Rob Halford left Judas Priest in the ’90’s but returned in 2003 to collaborate on the career-encompassing box “Metalogy”. Halford remained in the fold for a global concert tour in 2004, followed by a 16th studio album, “Angel of Retribution” (2005). “Nostradamus” was released in 2008 and their latest release, “Redeemer of Souls” in 2014. Judas Priest has been touring this latest release globally, with the current line up of Hill, Halford, Tipton, Scott Travis and newcomer, Richie Faulkner. Catch them in Wisconsin on July 16 (ROCK USA - Oshkosh) and July 18 (ROCKFEST - Cadott).