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Judas Priest: Living After Midnight

 

One of my favorite band names in the 70's belonged to the Brit Heavy Metal pioneers, JUDAS PRIEST (From Dylan's "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"). The original lineup: singer Rob Halford lead guitarist Kenny "K. K. Downing, bassist Ian 'Skull' Hill and drummer John Elli, came out of industrial Birmingham, England in 1969 and were just another Brit Blues band. Then in 1980 they took to the loud and dark side with Heavy Metal decked out in leather and chains and with their amps turned up to "11."

 

About that time Judas Priest cut their break-out album titled: BRITISH STEEL, that made them super stars virtually over-night. Priest had dark Goth-like lyrics that were accused of prompting two teenage boy to kill themselves in 1989; it was thrown out of Court, but became part of their legend. Judas Priest has sold 50 million records world-wide; MTV named them the "Second Best Metal Band of All Time," and they won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2010.

 

Fun Fact: For some reason Judas Priests' drummers kept leaving or disappearing, which was parodied in the film, "Spinal Tap." Scott has selected the official video of Priest's 1980 hit, LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT, for the TDR Video, it's well done and loud, if you're mother's not home, Crank It Up. Rock On! @therealdonrocks

 

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