Judas Priest are a heavy metal band formed in 1968 in Birmingham. Originally formed by guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill, Judas Priest's classic line-up consists of Downing, Hill, vocalist Rob Halford and guitarist Glenn Tipton. They have been cited as an influence on many heavy metal musicians and bands. Their popularity and status as one of the definitive heavy metal bands has earned them the nickname "Metal Gods."