In the world of heavy metal, only one band besides Black Sabbath has had an equally massive and lasting impression on the generations that followed. That band was and continues to be Judas Priest. Iconic for its introduction of leather S&M garb to the metal genre, and aside from a small hiatus in the mid '90s, Judas Priest has been a metal institution for five decades since its humble beginnings in Birmingham in 1969.
After distancing themselves from the early hippie leanings of many British metal acts of the time, Judas Priest -- or simply Priest as their fans are fond of chanting -- has gone on to deliver a remarkable recorded legacy and memorable live shows. While it's never enjoyed mainstream success like other metal acts, the band's 1980 single "Breaking the Law" is one of the enduring anthems of the genre.
Add to their metal mythos the incomparable self-parodying contemporary '80s glam metal band Steel Panther at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, and you've got the recipe for a successful evening of metal firmly in place.More »