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More than 35 years after Judas Priest received a lifetime ban from Madison Square Garden, Rob Halford says he’s ready to return to the iconic New York venue. “I’d love to go back there,” the frontman declared during an interview with Los Angeles radio station KLOS. “Because, it’s like CBGB used to be. It’s like the […]

Judas Priest are heading out to the highway this fall for their rescheduled 50th-anniversary tour with support from Swedish power-metal veterans Sabaton. The metal gods’ extensive 50 Heavy Metal Years trek kicks off on Sept. 8 in Reading, Penn., and wraps on Nov. 5 in Hamilton, Ontario. Tickets go on sale to the general public on June […]

Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing has released “Hellfire Thunderbolt,” the first single from his new band KK’s Priest. The group, which also features Downing’s former Judas Priest bandmate Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals, will release its debut album, Sermons of the Sinner, on Aug. 20. The track listing for Sermons of the Sinner can be seen below. […]

John Hinch, the former Judas Priest drummer who played on the band’s debut album, Rocka Rolla, has reportedly died at the age of 73. News of Hinch’s passing was confirmed by Judas Priest singer Rob Halford. “His style was strong, direct and unique,” the legendary frontman recalled to Loudwire. “I’ll be blasting Rocka Rolla today!” […]

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is urging all metal fans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Hi everyone. This is your metal god, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, sending you a massive shoutout of thanks to our metal community for doing the right thing by getting the life-saving vaccine that will eventually eradicate COVID-19 around […]

Rob Halford had detailed his internal struggle with coming out of the closet publicly, admitting he worried that the revelation would cause “irreparable damage” to his band, Judas Priest. “When you’re a public figure … things start to pile up on you, out of your control,” the singer explained during an interview of the In […]

Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill recalled how their 1990 trial over alleged subliminal messaging had put the band in doubt over its own innocence. The metal icons were summoned to court in the aftermath of a tragic shooting five years earlier. Two men, 18-year-old Raymond Belknap and 20-year-old James Vance, had shot themselves after a night […]

Jon Bon Jovi “never listened to” Judas Priest before touring with the heavy metal giants in the ‘80s. The Bon Jovi frontman made his admission during a conversation with U.K.’s The Guardian. Recalling his band’s early years, Bon Jovi admitted he’d originally wanted to tour with more pop-minded acts, rather than heavy rockers. “I said: ‘I want […]

After 30 years, Don Airey has confirmed that he, and not Ian Hill, contributed the majority of the bass lines on Judas Priest‘s 1990 album Painkiller via Moog bass synthesizer. The veteran keyboardist, who’s been in Deep Purple since 2002, admitted his role in an interview with Antihero. “[Judas Priest drummer] Scott Travis has spilled […]

Rob Halford discussed the “miscommunication” that resulted in his departure from Judas Priest, which he said led to a “breakdown that lasted a decade.” He quit the band in 1992 after a tumultuous period. Judas Priest were accused of placing subliminal messages in their music, leading two fans to shoot themselves. The resulting trial forced them […]