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35 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release Their Fifth Album – With Two Different Names

Judas Priest released their fifth album in October 1978. But what it was called depends on where you live.

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K.K. Downing on Leaving Judas Priest: I Did Not Retire, I Quit

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has been relatively quiet since his departure from the iconic heavy metal act in 2011. After 41 years of making heavy metal, Downing put down his axe and bid farewell to Judas Priest, which he recently addressed in a new interview.

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K.K. Downing Opens Up About Leaving Judas Priest

Judas Priest fans were shocked in 2011 when guitarist K.K. Downing left the band he founded in 1969. In a new interview, he spoke in depth about his reasons for leaving, and the differences in the industry between now and when he started.

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Judas Priest Finish Writing New Album, Band Members Join Fantasy Camp Lineup

Metal fans rejoice! British titans Judas Priest have officially completed the writing process for their new album and have started the recording process, producing the album themselves. In addition to this good news, the band has also joined the ranks for the next edition of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, which already boasts a host of other metal gods like Zakk Wylde, Rudy Sarzo, Lita Ford and Vinny Appice.

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Judas Priest Slated for Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp in Vegas

Ever wanted to hang out with Judas Priest? If you have at least five grand and some vacation time coming up, you'll get the chance early next year at Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp. Frontman Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and new guitarist Richie Faulkner will all be part of 'Hell Bent for Vegas,' taking place Feb. 27 through Mar. 2, 2014, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Sin City.

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Five Finger Death Punch Talk Current Hit ‘Lift Me Up’ Featuring Rob Halford in New Webisode

As Five Finger Death Punch near the finish line to the release date for ‘Volume 1’ of their forthcoming double-album 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell,’ the band is getting fans pumped up with the latest edition of their new webisode series that walks through the songs track-by-track.

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Geoff Tate Teases Possibility of Adding K.K. Downing to Live Queensryche Lineup

Geoff Tate's Queensryche has changed its lineup so many times that it's hard to keep track of who's in the band at any given moment -- and as it turns out, that's exactly the way Tate likes it.

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Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Helps Local Bands With New Promotions Venture

After more than two years away from the legendary Judas Priest, guitarist K.K. Downing has become a concert promoter. With the goal in mind of helping young bands reach the heights of iconic acts such as Judas Priest, Downing has created The Future of Heavy Metal promotions.

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25 Years Ago: Judas Priest’s ‘Ram It Down’ Album Released

When Judas Priest released their 11th album, ‘Ram It Down,’ 25 years ago today, few people outside of the band’s inner circle had an inkling that the storied British heavy-metal institution was standing at a crossroads.

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Rob Halford on Judas Priest’s New Guitarist: ‘He’s Adding Some Dimensions’

The departure of founding guitarist K.K. Downing obviously left a major hole in Judas Priest's lineup, but according to frontman Rob Halford, Downing's replacement, Richie Faulkner, is doing just fine.

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Five Finger Death Punch + Rob Halford Unleash ‘Lift Me Up’ Lyric Video

Things may be bright and rosy for Five Finger Death Punch, getting to work with the "Metal God" himself Rob Halford on their current single 'Lift Me Up,' but the mood of the track is anything but cheery, as evidenced in the lyric video for the song.

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Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Talks Collaboration With Geoff Tate’s Queensryche

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing recently took to his official blog to write about his personal contribution to Geoff Tate's Queensryche's new album, 'Frequency Unknown.' Much criticism and controversy is currently whirling around the head of Tate, and Downing addresses his reasoning for the new collaboration, along with a funny story about nearly being killed by a couch.

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