Judas Priest! Timeless rockers come to town

THOSE timelords of heavy rock, Judas Priest, are winging their way back to South Yorkshire next week for yet another tour... in their 40th year in the business!

The lads take on Doncster Dome, on Sunday, July 17, with their Epitaph tour , which they say will be their last.

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest.

The earliest version of Judas Priest was formed in 1969 in Birmingham, England by bassist Ian Hill and guitarist K.K. Downing.

Halford joined in 1973 and guitarist Glenn Tipton joined a year later, completing the core lineup of the band for most of its career.

The group released seven albums between 1974 and 1980, finally hitting it big with 1979’s concert set, “Unleashed In The East”, and its 1980 studio follow-up, “British Steel”.

Halford left the group for a 11-year period between 1992 and 2003, with Tim “Ripper” Owens taking over on vocals for two studio albums and a live set. Halford returned in 2003.

Halford almost singlehandedly established the “leather and studs” look that became synonymous with metal music for years, while Tipton and Downing established the “twin lead guitarists” sound emulated by countless heavy rock acts.

Long-serving axeman KK Downing will be replaced by Richie Faulkner for the Epitaph tour.

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