JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Celebrates 60th Birthday

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford turns 60 on Thursday (August 25). The singer and his bandmates celebrated "with a big 'Harley' cake plus a few gifts and cards when [they] were all together in Berlin," according to a posting on the group's official web site.

Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford was born August 25, 1951 in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England and raised in Walsall, England. Rob met Ian Hill through Halford's sister, and eventually teamed up with Hill, K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton in the band JUDAS PRIEST.

Rob was the lead singer for JUDAS PRIEST for 20 years from 1971 until 1991 before leaving the band to form the modern metal group FIGHT. Halford then went on to form the short-lived TWO project which disbanded after releasing its debut album. He then joined with four other musicians in a project called HALFORD, which issued its first CD, "Resurrection", in 2000.

Halford reunited with JUDAS PRIEST in 2003 and released the "Angel Of Retribution" album in 2005, followed by a world tour which marked the band's 30th anniversary. In 2008, PRIEST recorded "Nostradamus" and took part in the Metal Masters tour.

JUDAS PRIEST last year announced that it was embarking on a massive farewell tour in 2011, including a U.S. run of dates which will also feature opening acts BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and THIN LIZZY.

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