List of Judas Priest band members

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The current lineup of Judas Priest, from left to right: Richie Faulkner, Rob Halford, Scott Travis, Glenn Tipton and Ian Hill.

Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band from Birmingham. Formed in 1969, the group originally featured vocalist Al Atkins,guitarist Ernest Chataway, bassist Bruno Stapenhill and John Partridge on drums.[1] After that line-up split, 1970, Atkins joined Freight band members guitarist K. K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer John Ellis.[2] The band changed lineup a number of times before the release of their first album – Ellis was replaced by Alan Moore in 1971, who himself was replaced by Chris Campbell before the end of the year.[2] John Hinch replaced Campbell in 1973, and with the addition of second guitarist Glenn Tipton in 1974 the band recorded their debut album Rocka Rolla.[3]

Shortly after the release of Rocka Rolla, Hinch left the band and was replaced by the returning Moore for Sad Wings of Destiny.[3] Moore departed after the album's release, with the drums on follow-up Sin After Sin performed by session drummer Simon Phillips.[2] Les Binks performed on Stained Class and Killing Machine, before being replaced by Dave Holland in 1979.[3] The band's lineup remained stable for around ten years, recording six albums until Scott Travis replaced Holland for the album Painkiller.[3] Halford left the band in 1992 after the promotional tour for Painkiller.[4]

After a short hiatus, Judas Priest returned in 1996 with Tim "Ripper" Owens in place of Halford.[5] Owens recorded two albums with the band, 1997's Jugulator and 2001's Demolition, before he was replaced by the returning Halford in 2003.[5][6] In April 2011, it was announced that founding member Downing had left the band, and that he had been replaced by Richie Faulkner.[7] The guitarist's departure was reportedly due to differences with other band members and management.[2] Faulkner's first album with the band was 2014's Redeemer of Souls.[2]



Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Ian Hill Ian Hill
  • 1969–present
bass, backing vocals all Judas Priest releases
Rob Halford Rob Halford
  • 1973–1992
  • 2003–present
lead vocals
Glenn Tipton Glenn Tipton
  • 1974–present
all Judas Priest releases
Scott Travis Scott Travis
  • 1989–present
drums all Judas Priest releases from Painkiller (1990) to present
Richie Faulkner Richie Faulkner 2011–present lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals Redeemer of Souls (2014)


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
K. K. Downing K. K. Downing
  • 1969–2011
  • Lead and rhythm guitars
  • 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
John Ellis 1969–1971 drums none
Alan Moore
  • 1971
  • 1975–1976
drums Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
Chris "Congo" Campbell 1971–1973 drums none
John Hinch 1973–1975 drums Rocka Rolla (1974)
Simon Phillips Simon Phillips 1976–1977 drums Sin After Sin (1977)
Les Binks 1977–1979 drums
Dave Holland 1979–1989 drums, backing vocals all Judas Priest releases from British Steel (1980) to Ram It Down (1988)
Tim "Ripper" Owens Tim "Ripper" Owens 1996–2003 lead vocals all Judas Priest releases from Jugulator (1997) to Live in London (2003)



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  2. ^ a b c d e Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Judas Priest: Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo (6 December 2014). "Judas Priest Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide". Ultimate Classic Rock. Diffuser Network. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Ives, Brian (18 October 2013). "Rob Halford Talks Judas Priest's Future, 2wo, and Three Tremors". CBS Corporation. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Wiederhorn, Jon (14 July 2003). "Judas Priest Discuss Emotional Reunion, Leaving Ripper Owens Behind". MTV. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Prato, Greg. "Tim "Ripper" Owens: Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Michaels, Sean (21 April 2011). "Last rites: KK Downing quits Judas Priest just before farewell tour". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 

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