Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1969. Known for
twin lead guitars, a wide operatic vocal style,
and for introducing the S&M leather-and-studs look into heavy metal, they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
The band is widely recognised as one of the finest and most original heavy metal bands of all time,
with many artists within the genre having cited them as a major influence.
MTV ranked them the second "Greatest Metal Band" of all time.
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
vocals (19731992, 2003present)
guitars, keyboards, synthesiser (1974present)
drums, percussion (1989present)
K. K. Downing - guitars (1970-2011)
Al Atkins - vocals (1970-1973)
John Ellis - drums (1970-1971)
Alan Moore - drums (1971, 1975-1976)
Chris "Congo" Campbell - drums (1971-1973)
John Hinch - drums (1973-1975)
Les Binks - drums (1977-1979)
Dave Holland - drums (1979-1989)
Tim "Ripper" Owens - vocals (1996-2003)
Al Atkins' Judas Priest
Al Atkins - vocals (1969-1970)
John Partridge - drums (1969-1970)
Bruno Stapenhill - bass (1969-1970)
John Perry - guitars (1969; died 1969)
Ernie Chataway - guitars (1969-1970; died 2014)
In 1967 in Birmingham, England
Judas Priest Quotes:
We were just floored by the incredible loyalty and support that Priest maintains. We just flourish on that. I think it was that incredible reception and response that kept us going for 18 months of hard work all over the planet. We came off that tour exhausted and wondered what we were going to do next musically.
I think metals singers are unique animals. We're still stepping up to the mic, whether it's me or Bruce Dickinson or Lemmy or Ozzy. I don't know why it is. Each of those guys that I've mentioned have special unique talents.
Judas Priest Awards
Metal Storm Award for Heavy Metal "Angel Of Retribution"