Judas Priest, one of the most important hard-rock bands in history, have decided to end their career. After having defined the term heavy metal for over 30 years, the Brits will say farewell with one final grandiose world tour, “The Epitaph Tour”, in 2011. When the tour reaches Sweden Rock Festival in June, it will be the last time ever that Judas Priest plays on Swedish soil.
In the mid-70’s, Judas Priest pioneered hard rock music by cutting the strings to the genre’s blues roots and increasing the velocity while proudly calling their music heavy metal – a term most other bands despised at the time. By doing so, Priest laid the foundation for most of the metal sub genres that would evolve during the 80’s and 90’s. Judas Priest also invented the studs and leather fashion that has become the uniform of choice for metal fans all over the world. From the late 70’s and throughout the following decades, Judas Priest have remained one of the biggest, most loved and most influential bands on the hard rock/metal scene. Among their many legendary albums are “British Steel”, “Painkiller”, “Screaming for Vengeance” and “Defenders of the Faith”, and the band will always be remembered for classic songs like “Breaking the Law”, “Living After Midnight”, “You?ve Got Another Thing Coming”, “Electric Eye” and “Freewheel Burning”, to name a few.
Once again, and then nevermore, the classic line-up of singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis will bombard us with all the classics that have made the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal. On June 8-11, Swedish fans get one final chance to see the band live.
For a more extensive Judas Priest biography, we recommend this link: http://www.rockdetector.com/artist/united+kingdom/west+midlands/birmingham/judas+priest
Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Rhapsody of Fire
Jason & the Scorchers
Dan Reed Band
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