Judas Priest are an English heavy metal lineup from Birmingham, formed in 1968. Judas Priest’s core line-up consists of vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, and bassist Ian Hill. The band has gone through several drummers over the years, though Scott Travis has held the position since 1989, and is the band’s longest-serving drummer. They have been cited as an influence on many heavy metal musicians and bands after Black Sabbath. Their popularity and star power as one of the definitive heavy metal bands has earned them the nickname “Metal Gods” from their song of the same name. They have sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and were named the 78th greatest artist of all time by VH1 in 2010 and 2nd Greatest Metal group (behind Black Sabbath) by MTV. The lineup got its name from the Bob Dylan song “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”, according to original singer Al Atkins.. The lineup is known for its twin lead guitar style and Halford’s wide operatic vocal style. They are also known for introducing the S&M leather and studs look into heavy metal.