Judas Priest will be inducted into The Hall of Heavy Metal History on Aug. 2 at the music festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The induction will take place just before the band performs at the festival.
In a statement, Judas Priest commented, "Judas Priest are thrilled and honored to accept induction into the Hall of Heavy Metal History and be amongst so many of our friends. This also sends a great message of inclusion for the Metal community around the world, and keeps us defending the Metal faith together."
The Hall of Heavy Metal History, which is part of D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring musicians and music industry executives who have made a significant impact on hard rock and heavy metal. The Hall of Heavy Metal History does an annual celebrity benefit gala in January, in Anaheim, California, and its annual on-stage induction ceremony at Wacken Open Air.
Formed in 1969, Judas Priest is considered one of the leading acts of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal that began in the late 1970s and thrived in the early 1980s. The band's classic albums include 1980's British Steel, 1983's Screaming for Vengeance, 1986's Turbo and 1990's Painkiller. The Grammy-winning band has had many lineup changes, but has consistently released albums and toured over the years. Judas Priest's current lineup consists of lead singer Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, guitarist Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis. Judas Priest's 18th studio album, Firepower, was released in 2018.
Wacken Open Air is one of several European festivals (including Belgium's Lokerse Festival and the U.K.'s Bloodstock Festival) that Judas Priest is performing in August. As previously reported, Judas Priest is launching and co-headlining a North American tour with Deep Purple, beginning Aug. 21 in Cincinnati and ending Sept. 30 in Wheatland, California. Judas Priest then goes out on a solo headlining tour in South America for concert dates from Nov. 2-14, followed by concerts in Japan from Nov. 21-29. The band has also announced that it is performing in Paris on Jan. 27, 2019.