We ain't gonna lie to you, when we heard Rob
Halford was gay, songs like "Ram It Down," "Rock Hard, Ride
Free," and "Turbo Lover" took on new meaning for us.
Moving on...Judas Priest was a heavy metal pioneer. The band, from
Birmingham, England, was formed way back in 1969, and is widely credited
for introducing the world of heavy metal to motor cycles, leather, spikes, and maybe a
whip or two.
The name "Judas Priest" came from a reference to the Bob
Dylan song, "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest". By 1974,
the members of the band had somewhat stabilized, and Rocka Rolla
became their first release. It was the release of their 1980
album, British Steele, that began the band's journey into
mainstream popularity (this is the album that includes the song
"Breaking the Law"). 1982's
Screaming for Vengeance
was an even greater success in the states with songs like "You've Got
Another Coming", "Take These Chains", and "Electric Eye."
Defenders of the Faith, released in 1984, was very similar to
sound as their 1982 release. In 1986, Judas Priest released the
album Turbo, which was a bit of a change for the band as it
contained synthesizers. Nevertheless, the album did go platinum.
In 1990, Judas Priest was sued for wrongful death in the
suicide of a Nevada teenager. The claim was that subliminal
messages in some of Judas Priest's lyrics had convinced the teenager to
pull the trigger. This lawsuit was eventually dismissed.
After the Painkiller album tour of 1991, Halford had left Judas
Priest to form a new thrash metal band called "Fight". Judas
Priest tapped a new vocalist for several albums between 1996 and 2003,
but Halford returned in 2003. Since 2003, Judas Priest continued
releasing new material and touring. At the time of this writing,
the Judas Priest Discography was as follows:1974: Rocka Rolla
1976: Sad Wings of Destiny
1977: Sin After Sin
1978: Stained Class
1978: Killing Machine/Hell Bent for Leather (US Title)
1980: British Steel
1981: Point of Entry
1982: Screaming for Vengeance
1984: Defenders of the Faith
1988: Ram It Down
2005: Angel of Retribution