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Judas Priest


Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham in 1969. They have sold over 50 million copies of their albums, and are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band had struggled with indifferent record production and a lack of major commercial success until 1980, when they rose to commercial success with the album British Steel.

The band's membership has seen much turnover, including a revolving cast of drummers in the 1970s and the departure of singer Rob Halford in 1992. The American singer Tim "Ripper" Owens replaced Halford in 1996 and recorded two albums with Judas Priest, before Halford returned to the band in 2003. The current line-up consists of Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis. The band's best-selling album is 1982's Screaming for Vengeance, with their most commercially successful line-up featuring Hill, Halford, Tipton, guitarist K. K. Downing, and drummer Dave Holland. Tipton and Hill are the only two members of the band to appear on every album.

In 1988 as part of an "experiment", the band recorded with pop producers Stock Aitken Waterman. Initially for the "Ram It Down" album, the band and the producers met up in Paris and recorded three tracks, two originals, "Runaround" and "I Will Return" and a cover of The Stylistics "You Are Everything". Ultimately the decision was made not to include these tracks on the album and to this day they remain unreleased apart from a 30 sec clip of "You Are Everything" leaked onto YouTube. The band members say they enjoyed the experience and got on really well with the producers but are adamant that the songs should not be released on any Judas Priest album. They remain the ultimate SAW rarities!

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