Judas Priest is a British heavy metal band founded in Birmingham, England in 1969. The band has sold over 50 million albums and are considered one of the most influential metal bands of all time.
Here are 10 things you might not know about Judas Priest:
1. The band was originally called “Judas Priestess”
Judas Priest’s original name was “Judas Priestess”. The band changed their name to simply “Judas Priest” before releasing their debut album in 1974.
2. Judas Priest was one of the first heavy metal bands to use twin lead guitars
Judas Priest was one of the first heavy metal bands to use twin lead guitars. The band’s signature sound was created by guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing.
3. Judas Priest’s music has been featured in several video games
Several Judas Priest songs have been featured in popular video games over the years, including “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and “Painkiller” in Rock Band 3.
4. The band has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
Judas Priest was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018, alongside other musical legends such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
5. Judas Priest was once banned from performing in the United States
In 1990, Judas Priest was banned from performing in the United States after a fan committed suicide during one of their concerts. The ban was later lifted and the band resumed touring in the US.
6. Rob Halford is a vegan
Lead singer Rob Halford is a vegan and has been since the early 1990s. He is also an outspoken supporter of animal rights.
7. Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
Glenn Tipton, one of Judas Priest’s guitarists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He announced his diagnosis in 2018 and said that he would continue to tour with the band.
8. The band has its own brand of beer
Judas Priest has its own brand of beer, called ” JP ale”. The beer is brewed by Robinsons Brewery in the UK.
9. Judas Priest has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Judas Priest was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The band was eligible for induction since 2003 but was not inducted until 2018.
10. Judas Priest is currently working on a new album
Judas Priest is currently working on a new album, which is set to be released in 2019. The band has not released a new album since 2014’s “Redeemer of Souls”.