Judas Priest – Friday, July 17 at 11pm
Rob Halford – Lead Vocals
Glenn Tipton – Guitar
K. K. Downing – Guitar
Ian Hill – Bass
Scott Travis – Drums
Formed in 1968 out of Birmingham, England, Judas Priest would set the stage for the British Heavy Metal invasion. Childhood friends K. K. Downing and Ian Hill joined with drummer John Ellis and singer Al Atkins and started playing the Birmingham area. After going through several drummers and losing Atkins, the band met Rob Halford and drummer John Hinch from another local band. The pair joined the band in 1974 and Judas Priest would begin touring the UK. Guitarist Glenn Tipton joined the band as they entered the studio to record their first album, Rocka Rolla
. His addition would give the band their signature two-guitar sound. The band would not be pleased with the album, however, because producer Roger Bain (who produced early Black Sabbath) took too much control over the music and the song choices for the album. Hinch left the band in 1975 and was replaced by Alan Moore. The band released Sad Wings of Destiny
in 1976. The album was more successful than their debut and contains songs like “The Ripper” that are still played live today. However, the band dropped their record company and joined Columbia Records. Yet another drummer, Simon Phillips, joined the band for 1977’s Sin After Sin
album. Most notable on this album was their cover of Joan Baez’s “Diamonds & Rust.” 1978 brought another album, Stained Class
, and another drummer, Les Binks. The album would make the Billboard Pop Album chart at #173. The fifth album, Hell Bent For Leather
, would bring a change in sound for the band as well as the leather and studs attire that would become their signature. The album would reach #128 and featured the Fleetwood Mac cover “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)” as well as the title song. On the album, the band began playing shorter songs that would become the norm on future albums. Since the band started to experience some success, they decided on a live album to showcase their music to that point. Recorded in Tokyo on the Hell Bent for Leather
tour, Unleashed in the East
was released in 1979. It would reach #70 on the charts and would become their first platinum album. Binks would leave after the tour and be replaced by Dave Holland. 1980 would see the band release the classic album British Steel
, which featured two of Judas Priest’s signature songs, “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law.” The album would hit #34 on the charts and reach platinum status. In 1981, Point of Entry
, which many considered too radio friendly, was released. The album did not sell as well at British Steel
and only “Hot Rockin’” is still a concert regular. The slump wouldn’t last long though as the next album, 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance
, would become a huge success. It would reach #17 in the US and went double platinum behind “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” as well as the concert favorite duo of “The Hellion” and “Electric Eye.” 1984’s Defenders of the Faith
was next but again did not sell as well as the previous album. After an appearance at 1985’s Live Aid concert, the band released Turbo
. The 1986 album sold well initially, going platinum and reaching #17, but did not have staying power even though it did contain the hit “Turbo Lover.” The double live album Priest…Live!
came out in 1987 featuring only songs released since their first live album. It did not sell as well as Unleashed in the East
but did go gold. Ram it Down
, which featured many leftovers from the Turbo
recording sessions, followed in 1988 and would probably best be remembered for their cover of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” The critically acclaimed Painkiller
album was released in 1990 with new drummer Scott Travis. The album spawned several songs still played by the band today and also received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. However, Halford would leave the band following the tour for the album and form his own band called Fight. The band would take a break before returning with a new singer, Tim “Ripper” Owens in 1997 with the album Jugulator
. Owens was discovered in a Judas Priest tribute band. Jugulator would not sell well but the band would give it another shot with Owens on 2001’s Demolition
album. However, this album also would not sell well. The band did release two live albums during Owens’ tenure, Live Meltdown
in 1998 and Live in London
in 2003. Halford would return in 2005 with the album Angel of Retribution
. Fans would welcome the return of Halford and the album shot to #2 upon its release. The band would also begin touring regularly to the delight of fans around the world. 2008 would bring the concept album Nostradamus
. Centered around the life and times of the prophet Nostradamus, it would be the first double studio album released by the band. The band has toured the world in support of the album, often playing the entire album in concert. However, this summer in the US, the band will feature the classic album British Steel
live in its entirety.Setlists:6/29/09 in Indianapolis
1. Rapid Fire
2. Metal Gods
3. Breaking The Law
6. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
7. Living After Midnight
8. The Rage
10. The Ripper
12. Rock Hard Ride Free
13. Victim Of Changes
14. Freewheel Burning
15. Diamonds And Rust
16. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
2/13/09 in Sheffield
Dawn of Creation
Eat Me Alive
Between the Hammer & the Anvil
Breaking the Law
The Hellion / Electric Eye
Rock Hard, Ride Free
Hell Bent for Leather
The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
You've Got Another Thing Comin'Did You Know?
Al Atkins (first singer in the band) brought the Judas Priest name with him from a previous band.
The band performed on The Old Grey Whistle Test
Judas Priest will be performing all of the album British Steel during this summer’s US tour.
"Diamonds & Rust" was originally written and performed by Joan Baez.
"The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)" was originally written and performed by Fleetwood Mac.
After signing with Columbia Records for their third album, the band lost all rights to songs off their first two albums.
Judas Priest opened for REO Speedwagon on their Sin After Sin
Drummer Simon Phillips played on the Sin After Sin
album. Phillips was the drummer for Toto at Moondance Jam 2007.British Steel
was featured on the Classic Albums series.Screaming for Vengeance
came it at #10 on Metal-Rules.com’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums.Turbo
was #39 on Metal-Rules.com list of the 50 Greatest Glam Metal Albums.Defenders of the Faith’s
“Eat Me Alive” made the list of the PMRC’s “Filthy Fifteen” songs.
Because of this, the band recorded the song “Parental Guidance” for the album Turbo
The band recorded the title track for the movie Johnny Be Good
Both the 1979 album Unleashed in the East
and the 2005 DVD Rising in the East
were recorded in Tokyo.
“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” is the band’s only Billboard Top 100 hit, reaching #67 in 1982.
The band released two gold albums in 1978, Stained Class
and Hell Bent For Leather (Killing Machine).
The band’s career received a boost after their appearance at the Reading Festival in 1975.
A documentary, Heavy Metal Parking Lot
, was made about fans awaiting a 1986 concert in Maryland.
Halford injured himself on a motorcycle onstage in 1991.
In 1990, the band was sued by the parents of a person who attempted suicide due to lyrics from the song “Better By You, Better Than Me.” The suit was dismissed.
The movie Rock Star
is loosely based on Owens story of joining Judas Priest.Rock Star
starred Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.
The band was an inaugural member of VH1’s Rock Honors in 2006.
Judas Priest songs have been featured on many video games, including Guitar Hero
and Rock Band
Slayer covered the song “Dissident Aggressor.” My Take
To tell you the truth, Judas Priest always scared me as a kid. They were most popular when I was around 10 years old and Kiss was about as hard as my taste got then. By the time I was in high school they were not as popular and then they broke up not long after that so I never really got into them. Boy did I miss out. I bought their greatest hits recently to try to get used to their music and I also bought their live DVD Rising in the East
. I like the DVD even more than the CD because they have a great live show. If they bring the full stage setup to Moondance we are in for a real treat. They also sound better live than on CD in my opinion. As I checked their setlists I started to get worried I wouldn’t know that many of their songs since they usually play a set from all periods of their career. However, the fact that they will be playing the entire 1980 British Steel
album will allow everyone a chance to know much of the music they will be playing. I am going to find a copy of that soon. Songs I am looking forward to hearing live are “Hellion/Electric Eye,” “Metal Gods,” “The Green Manalishi,” and “Diamonds & Rust.” The acoustic version they do of the latter song of the Beast in the East
DVD is amazing. Now that I have gotten more familiar with them (and am no longer scared of them), I am really looking forward to seeing them close Friday night. I also think that their name alone will sell quite a few tickets to a lot of people who have never been to Moondance before which is a great thing.Album Chart Positions
1977 Sin After Sin #23
1978 Stained Class #27 #173
1978 Killing Machine (Hell Bent) #32 #128
1980 British Steel #4 #34
1981 Point of Entry #14 #39
1982 Screaming for Vengeance #11 #17
1984 Defenders of the Faith #19 #18
1986 Turbo #33 #17
1988 Ram It Down #24 #31
1990 Painkiller #26 #26
1998 Jugulator #82
2001 Demolition #165
2005 Angel of Retribution #39 #13
2007 Nostradamus #30 #11Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu5gv9A2zc0
– Breaking the Law livehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeqsR314 ... re=related
– Metal Gods livehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIC7KQPD ... re=related
– Diamonds & Rust livehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaFlMEM3 ... re=related
– The Green Manalishi livehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TopkgGxG ... PL&index=2
– The Hellion/Electric Eye livehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cmefZ8a ... re=related
– You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ livehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxXGc93e ... re=related
– at Live Aid 1985