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Judas Priest are pioneers of the heavy metal genre, and arguably created the "metal" look. Priest were one of the bands that helped spur the heavy metal genre's evolution by discarding most of its blues influence, and created a "metallic" sound which inspired generations of metal bands to come. Judas Priest were one of the first heavy metal bands and are considered one of the most influential bands in the genre, helping the evolution of speed and thrash metal in the 80s.

K. K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill had known each other since early childhood, as they lived near one another and attended the same nursery and school in West Bromwich. They became close friends in their early teens, when they shared similar musical interests (Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream, The Yardbirds) and learned to play instruments. The band was founded in 1969 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, after a local ensemble named Judas Priest (after Bob Dylan's song "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" from the John Wesley Harding album) split up. The band's singer, Al Atkins, approached Downing and Hill, who were playing as a power trio with drummer John Ellis, and asked if he could become their singer. With Atkins now in the band, Downing suggested they change their name to Judas Priest as he had been a fan of the original band.

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Glenn Tipton
since 1974 Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboard
Scott Travis
since 1989 till 1992 Percussion, Drum set
since 1995 Percussion, Drum set
Rob Halford
since 1973 till 1992 Lead vocal
since 2003 Lead vocal
Ian Hill
since 1970 Bass
Kenneth Downing
since 1970 till 2011 Guitar
Dave Holland
since 1979 till 1989 Percussion, Drum set
Richie Faulkner
since 2011 Electric guitar
Tim “Ripper” Owens
since 1996 till 2003 Lead vocal
Al Atkins
since 1969 till 1972 Lead vocal
Les Binks
since 1977 till 1979 Drum set, Percussion
John Hinch
since 1973 till 1975 Drum set, Percussion
Alan Moore
since 1971 till 1972 Percussion, Drum set
since 1975 till 1977 Percussion, Drum set
Ernie Chataway
since 1969 till 1970 Guitar
Bruno Stapenhill
since 1969 till 1970 Bass
John Partridge
since 1969 till 1970 Percussion, Drum set
Chris Campbell
since 1971 till 1972 Percussion, Drum set
Simon Phillips
since 1977 till 1977 Percussion, Drum set
John Ellis
since 1971 till 1971 Percussion, Drum set

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