Happy Birthday today (Aug. 25) to a bunch of heavy hitters in the world of rock. 'The Metal God' Rob Halford of Judas Priest is 68. Also celebrating is Kiss’ Gene Simmons (70) and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell (57).
Judas Priest formed out of Birmingham, England in 1969 and have sold 50 million records worldwide. The current lineup for Judas Priest is Rob Halford on vocals, guiatrists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. The band’s most successful album was 1982’s Screaming for Vengence. It was the band’s commercial breakthrough featuring the classic lineup of Halford, Tipton, Hill, K.K. Downing, and Dave Holland. The album would sell over 5 million copies with the hit single “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”. Judas Priest continued with much success throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Their last studio album was 2014’s Redeemer of Souls. A new album is expected in 2018. I love the mighty Judas Priest. I'm a big fan of this band, always have been. Rob Halford is one of the greatest metal vocalists of all time. Cheers to Rob Halford on his birthday along with Gene Simmons and Vivian Campbell!
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