Judas Priest has been around since 1969, when childhood friends K. K. Downing and Ian Hill joined up with Al Atkins and John Ellis to form the English heavy metal group. They made their debut on 1974’s “Rocka Rolla.” This initial effort met with little success, as poor sound quality and issues with their management reportedly compromised the final result. Their first major success came in 1980, when their sixth album “British Steel” went platinum in the U.S. and reached #34 on the Billboard 200.

In total, the group has released 16 studio albums over the course of their career, plus several live and compilation albums. In the spring of 2009, Judas Priest announced an extensive summer tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “British Steel.” Whitesnake was scheduled to appear as a special guest for most of the tour but dropped out partway through due to their lead singer’s medical issues. A new live album, “Judas Priest: A Touch of Evil,” was released in July 2009.

Whitesnake drops off Judas Priest tour due to health issues
Add Whitesnake to this summer’s casualty list. The group has cancelled the remainder of its tour with Judas Priest after lead singer David Coverdale was ordered by doctors to stop singing immediately to prevent serious damage to his vocal chords. Coverdale lost his voice during the group’s August 11... Read more
Judas Priest tour unveils more dates for ‘British Steel’ anniversary run
English heavy metal band Judas Priest is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its classic album “British Steel” with a lengthy summer tour. Since first announcing their plans in early spring, the self-proclaimed Metal Gods have added dozens of concerts to their itinerary, which now stands at roughly 40 dates.... Read more
Daily tour recap: Judas Priest, Whitesnake and more
Today’s recap includes tour announcements, special concert event updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on April 29, 2009. In tour news, Jakob Dylan’s main band The Wallflowers has announced a three-month tour of the U.S. for this summer. The final venue announcements have been made for Aerosmith and... Read more
Judas Priest, Toby Keith tickets on sale this weekend
Tickets to catch upcoming joint concerts from Judas Priest and Whitesnake as well as tickets for upcoming concerts from Toby Keith are on sale throughout the weekend ending April 27 as compiled by Ticket News. The weekend onsales kick off this morning with tickets for an upcoming appearance from... Read more
Judas Priest tour celebrates ‘British Steel’ anniversary with Whitesnake
Nearly 30 years after the release of “British Steel,” English heavy metal icon Judas Priest will celebrate the anniversary with a special tour of the United States. During the venture, roughly outlined with nine dates, the band will perform the 1980 album in its entirety, as well as other... Read more
Daily tour recap: Tesla, Judas Priest, the Offspring and more
Today’s tour recap includes festival announcements, court hearings and more as compiled by TicketNews on October 7, 2008. At the top of today’s news, the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been confirmed for 2009, the former with a three-day April 17-19 schedule and the latter returning to it’s... Read more
Free Judas Priest tickets to some shows
Judas Priest is giving away free ticket to a dozen of its August concerts to lucky fans who purchase any configuration (regular cd edition, limited edition-deluxe hard-bound version and limited edition deluxe box set with 3LP’s, 2 CD, book and poster) of the initial pressing of the band’s double... Read more
Jonas Brothers, Judas Priest in onsales
Concerts from Judas Priest and the Jonas Brothers top the onsales for the weekend ending April 28, as compiled by TicketNews. The Metal Masters Concert Tour, headlined by Judas Priest and featuring Motorhead and testament has several dates on sale throughout the weekend. Disney fans in Irvine, CA will... Read more
Judas Priest to tour worldwide
Metal legends Judas Priest will release a sprawling double disc concept album, called “Nostradamus” (Epic), on June 17 in the U.S. and a day earlier in the UK/Europe via Columbia Records. As with all Priest releases, the group will mount a mammoth worldwide tour in support of the album.... Read more