Rock of Ages: Judas Priest 40 Years of British Metal Dominance
Next week I turn 56 years old ( or young ) depending on your take I guess, and one of the most glaring things that I've really taken note of over the last ten years is that many of the bands that I've grown up listening to have pretty much faded away.
And as far as the bands that have stuck around, most of them have either had changes in their line ups (except for one band that recently were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ) or their music over time has taken a musical detour.
But one band even with personnel changes over the years have continued to stay true to one form of music, and that form of music is...
The band that I'm talking about has been putting out the metal for 40 years now and that band is synonymous with the genre and that band is Judas Priest.
Priest was formed all the way back in 1969 in Birmingham, England and the line up of twin lead guitarists K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton, bass guitarist Ian Hill, drummer (the first of several) John Hinch and after the departure of (again in this case...the first of several lead singers) lead singer Al Atkins lead singer Rob Halford the band Judas Priest went on a tour of the UK, and even headlining some shows in Norway and Germany.
Over the next 40 years Judas Priest would be the band that would be universally associated with a special brand of Heavy Metal, introducing metal studs and leather and of course Halford's trademark metal motor cycle into their live concert performances, as well as being mentioned as a major influence on other musical genres including Power and Thrash metal...but of course the one tag that this band is universally associated with is that of "Metal Gods!"
Priest has in it's 40 years of metal dominance produced much to the delight of their fans 16 albums (or CD's) as well as three live albums and several concert videos...of which I currently own four...Live in London featuring Tim "Ripper" Owens on lead vocals, Rising in the East, British Steel Anniversary tour concert and their latest concert release for their just concluded Epitath tour, a tour that included new lead guitarist Richie Faulkner who replaced former and founding member K.K.Downing.
Now it had been reported that Epitath was actually Priest's final tour as the band had said that they were going to be retiring from touring (and I thought that it was also leaked that they were going to call it a day as a band as well), but at this time the band was reported to be working on the aforementioned concert dvd as well as new music for a new album release.
My next few "Rock of Ages" hubs will feature reviews of the concert dvds for the "British Steel" anniversary show and the new "Epitath" concert show as well.
And for a taste of what you'll see on the Epitath dvd, take a look at this performance of "The Green Manalishi!"