Judas Priest and Pop Evil played to a nearly full crowd Thursday night, August 20 at Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta. Whitesnake was scheduled as the support act but dropped off the tour due to an injury to singer David Coverdale’s vocal chords.
Heavy metal icons Judas Priest formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. Judas Priest’s core line-up consists of bassist Ian Hill, vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing, and drummer Scott Travis. Their popularity and status as one of the definitive heavy metal bands has earned them the nickname “Metal Gods” from their song of the same name. They have sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Judas Priest have influenced all metal music since the late-mid 70s either directly or indirectly, and their influence was so important that MTV named them the second most important band in heavy metal, just behind Black Sabbath. Along with Kiss, Queen, and Def Leppard, Judas Priest were the inaugural inductees into the “VH1 Rock Honors.” on May 25, 2006 in Las Vegas.
In addition to the sound, Judas Priest are also known for being revolutionaries in heavy metal fashion. Rob Halford, who admitted being gay in a 1998 interview, began incorporating a macho/biker/S&M style into his look as early as 1978 (to coincide with the release of their album Killing Machine), and the rest of the band followed. It became a mainstay in heavy metal.
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