When Judas Priest convened at Ibiza Sound Studios in Ibiza, Spain to record the follow-up to the previous year's Point of Entry in early 1982, the band were not yet the heavy metal juggernaut that would play to over three-hundred thousand fans just over a year later.
For 40 years, the team of Tipton and band co-founder KK Downing led the heavy metal brigade, introducing a twin-guitar attack to the genre, defining a sound rooted in power chords, palm muting and back-and-forth lead breaks that inspired generations of groups, from Iron Maiden to Slayer.
Guitarist K.K. Downing, a founding member of Judas Priest, says he wants to open a luxury hotel in the grounds of his home in Shropshire, England. Downing, who retired from Judas Priest last April, told the Shropshire Star that he plans to build 63-room hotel, indoor swimming pool, spa and a classy restaurant on the grounds of his 320-acre estate. There's already a golf course on the grounds.
Today marks the seventh anniversary of the day Dimebag Darrell's life was cut tragically short. While Dime may be gone, one thing he most certainly will never be is forgotten. Revolver recently caught up with Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford, who shared some memories of when he first met the guitar legend.
Guitar techs Adrian Vines and Greg "Weasel" Morgan recently took the time out to film rundowns of the rigs for Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner. You can check out the videos below, courtesy of EMG.
A lot of Judas Priest fans are still reeling over the departure of long-time guitarist K.K. Downing, who stepped down from the band before they began their recent Epitaph World Tour. Downing had been a part of Judas Priest for over 40 years at the time of his departure, having been a founding member of the band in 1970.
In a recent interview with Bryan Reesman of Attention Deficit Delirium, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton revealed that -- while Priest is of course still his first priority -- he wouldn't mind breaking into the world of film scoring.