List of Judas Priest band members

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Three lineups of Judas Priest :
in 2008 with Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing (top),
in 2014 with Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner (middle)
and in 2018 with Andy Sneap and Richie Faulkner (bottom).

Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band from Birmingham. Formed in 1969, the group originally featured vocalist Al Atkins, guitarist John Perry (who died shortly after their formation and was replaced by Ernie Chataway), bassist Bruno Stapenhill and drummer John Partridge. [1] The band broke up after just seven months, [2] at which point Atkins joined a group called Freight which featured guitarist Kenneth "K. K." Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer John Ellis. [3] Freight soon took over the Judas Priest moniker and underwent a succession of drummer changes: Alan Moore replaced Ellis in 1971, who was followed by Chris "Congo" Campbell, and later John Hinch in 1973. [4] Hinch joined alongside his Hiroshima bandmate Rob Halford, after Atkins decided to leave due to the band's frustrations trying to sign a record deal. [1]

Upon signing a deal with record label Gull in April 1974, Judas Priest enlisted Flying Hat Band frontman Glenn Tipton as a second guitarist. [5] After the release and promotion of the band's debut album Rocka Rolla, Hinch was replaced by the returning Moore. [6] The drummer performed on Sad Wings of Destiny, but left again during the sessions for its follow-up Sin After Sin, which were completed by session contributor Simon Phillips. [7] For the album's promotional tour, Les Binks was brought in on drums. [3] Binks remained for the albums Stained Class and Killing Machine, before he was replaced by former Trapeze drummer Dave Holland in August 1979. [8] This lineup proved to be the most stable to date, producing six studio albums: British Steel, Point of Entry, Screaming for Vengeance, Defenders of the Faith, Turbo and Ram It Down. [3]

In November 1989, Scott Travis replaced Holland and debuted on Painkiller. [9] The album was the last at the time to feature Halford, who later left in May 1992. [10] The group went on hiatus for a few years, before enlisting Tim "Ripper" Owens – frontman of a Judas Priest tribute act called British Steel – as Halford's replacement in May 1996. [11] Owens recorded two albums with the band – 1997's Jugulator and 2001's Demolition – before Halford rejoined in July 2003. [12] Angel of Retribution and Nostradamus followed, before Downing left and was replaced by Richie Faulkner in April 2011. [13] The guitarist's departure was reportedly due to differences with other band members and management. [3] In February 2018, Tipton ceased touring full-time with the band after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, with Andy Sneap taking his place. [14]

Members

Current

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Priest feast 36 - Ian Hill (cropped).jpg
Ian Hill 1970–
  • bass
  • backing vocals
all Judas Priest releases
Glenn Tipton2005 (cropped).jpg
Glenn Tipton 1974- (not touring full-time since 2018)
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
  • organ
  • piano
  • backing vocals
Rob Halford 2004.jpg
Rob Halford
  • 1973–1992
  • 2003–
  • lead vocals
  • harmonica
all Judas Priest releases from Rocka Rolla (1974) to Painkiller (1990), and from Angel of Retribution (2005) onwards
Scott Travis2005.jpg
Scott Travis 1989– drums all Judas Priest releases from Painkiller (1990) onwards
Richie Faulkner (cropped).jpg
Richie Faulkner 2011–
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
all Judas Priest releases from Redeemer of Souls (2014) onwards

Former

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
K. K. Downing 090311 (cropped).png
K. K. Downing 1969–2011
  • guitar
  • synthesizers
  • backing vocals
all Judas Priest releases from Rocka Rolla (1974) to A Touch of Evil: Live (2009)
Al Atkins 1969–1973 lead vocals none
Bruno Stapenhill 1969–1970 bass
John Partridge drums
John Perry 1969
(until his death)
guitar
Ernie Chataway 1969–1970 (died 2014)
Fred Woolley 1970
  • drums
John Ellis 1970–1971 drums none
Alan Moore
  • 1971–1972
  • 1975–1977
Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
Chris "Congo" Campbell 1972–1973 none
John Hinch 1973–1975 (died 2021) Rocka Rolla (1974)
Simon-Phillips.jpg
Simon Phillips 1977 (session) Sin After Sin (1977)
Les-2016-3N (cropped).jpg
Les Binks 1977–1979
Dave Holland 1979–1989 (died 2018) all Judas Priest releases from British Steel (1980) to Ram It Down (1988)
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Tim "Ripper" Owens 1996–2003 lead vocals all Judas Priest releases from Jugulator (1997) to Live in London (2003)

Touring

Image Name Years active Instruments Details
Judas Priest With Full Force 2018 36.jpg
Andy Sneap
  • 2018–2022
  • 2022–
guitar Sneap toured with Judas Priest in place of Tipton, following his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. He was dismissed when the band announced it was going to become a quartet in 2022. After a few days, Sneap was asked to come back and Judas Priest became a five-piece again.

Timeline

Lineups

Period Members Releases
1969
  • Al Atkins – vocals
  • John Perry – guitars
  • Bruno Stapenhill – bass
  • John Partridge – drums
none
1969–1970
  • Al Atkins – vocals
  • Bruno Stapenhill – bass
  • John Partridge – drums
  • Ernie Chataway – guitars
1970
  • Al Atkins – vocals
  • Bruno Stapenhill – bass
  • Ernie Chataway – guitars
  • Fred Wooley – drums
1970–1971
1971–1972
  • Al Atkins – lead vocals
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Alan Moore – drums
1972–1973
  • Al Atkins – lead vocals
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Chris "Congo" Campbell – drums
May 1973 – April 1974
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • John Hinch – drums
April 1974 – October 1975
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • John Hinch – drums
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars, backing vocals
October 1975 – January 1977
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars, backing vocals
  • Alan Moore – drums
January – February 1977
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars, backing vocals
  • Simon Phillips – drums (session)
March 1977 – July 1979
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars, backing vocals
  • Les Binks – drums
August 1979 – November 1989
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars, backing vocals
  • Dave Holland – drums
November 1989 – May 1992
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars, backing vocals
  • Scott Travis – drums
Band on hiatus May 1992 – May 1996
May 1996 – July 2003
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars, backing vocals
  • Scott Travis – drums
  • Tim "Ripper" Owens – lead vocals
July 2003 – April 2011
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • K. K. Downing – guitars, backing vocals
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars, backing vocals
  • Scott Travis – drums
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
April 2011 – February 2018
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars, backing vocals
  • Scott Travis – drums
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • Richie Faulkner – guitars, backing vocals
February 2018 – January 2022
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars (recording)
  • Scott Travis – drums
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • Richie Faulkner – guitars, backing vocals
  • Andy Sneap – guitars (touring and production)
* Firepower World Tour
January 2022
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars (recording)
  • Scott Travis – drums
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • Richie Faulkner – guitars, backing vocals
none
January 2022 – present
  • Ian Hill – bass
  • Glenn Tipton – guitars (recording)
  • Scott Travis – drums
  • Rob Halford – lead vocals
  • Richie Faulkner – guitars, backing vocals
  • Andy Sneap – guitars (touring and production)
None

References

  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo (6 December 2014). "Judas Priest Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Judas Priest's Co Founding Guitarist Ernie Chataway Dead At 62". Blabbermouth.net. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Judas Priest: Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  4. ^ Popoff 2007, pp. 5–7
  5. ^ Popoff 2007, p. 8
  6. ^ Popoff 2007, p. 39
  7. ^ Popoff 2007, p. 44
  8. ^ Daniels, Neil (4 July 2008). "Obituary: Mel Galley". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Norfolk native Scott Travis wins Grammy with Judas Priest". The Virginian-Pilot. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  10. ^ Daniels, Neil (7 April 2010). The Story of Judas Priest: Defenders of the Faith. London, England: Omnibus Press. p. 11. ISBN  978-0857122391. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  11. ^ Revkin, Andrew C. (27 July 1997). "A Metal-Head Becomes A Metal-God". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  12. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (14 July 2003). "Judas Priest Discuss Emotional Reunion, Leaving Ripper Owens Behind". MTV. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  13. ^ Michaels, Sean (21 April 2011). "Last rites: KK Downing quits Judas Priest just before farewell tour". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  14. ^ Snapes, Laura (12 February 2018). "Judas Priest's Glenn Tipton diagnosed with Parkinson's disease". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 February 2018.

Bibliography

  • Popoff, Martin (8 November 2007), Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers – An Illustrated History, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: ECW Press, ISBN  978-1550227840

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