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The influence of Judas Priest can be felt throughout the heavy metal genre, with many bands of today citing Judas Priest as the reason they perform. Over 40 years after their original formation, Judas Priest is still going strong and gaining new fans looking for Judas Priest tickets every day.
Judas Priest was formed in England in 1968 by childhood friends K.K. Downing and Ian Hill. The two shared similar tastes in music at the time and formed Judas Priest after a local band of the same name broke up. The launching point for the band came in 1974, as the group added Rob Halford on vocals and Glenn Tipton as a second guitarist. They entered the studio together and what came out was a group that combined the dark sound of Black Sabbath with the high energy riffs of Led Zeppelin. The first few albums from Judas Priest, which included Rocka Rolla (1974), Sad Wings of Destiny (1976) and Sin After Sin, did not fair well but slowly helped the band build a strong fan base.
As the eighties arrived, Judas Priest was catapulted into worldwide superstardom. Their release British Steel (1980) was a Top 40 hit in the US and top five in the UK. Judas Priest tickets became a hot commodity around the world, as their live shows became one of the top attractions for rock fans. Their single "You've Got Another Thing Coming" off their Screaming for Vengeance (1982) album became a huge hit, and the album itself reached #17 in the US, going multi-platinum.
Rob Halford left the band in the early nineties, but nearly 12 years after his departure he rejoined the rest of the members of Judas Priest and began recording once again. Since Halford's return the group has released Angel of Retribution (2005) and Nostradamus (2008) as well as continued to tour the world.