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Three decades after a metal classic, Judas Priest keeps "Livin' After Midnight."

"It's something that came to me out of the blue," Halford says of the game. "I ran to it, because it's really valuable when you can do that type of thing. It's another part of getting your music out to people."

"We also just did a big piece for the Rock Band game, and we early on were associated with Guitar Hero. It's all a part of spreading the gospel of Priest," he adds.

Halford hints that, like the upcoming all-Beatles game, Priest may have its own Rock Band edition somewhere down the line. Attempting Halford's trademark metal howl could potentially shred the vocal cords of young gamers all over the world.

Watch the leather, man, and better leave "Painkiller" to the pros.
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Watch the leather, man, and better leave "Painkiller" to the pros.

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Judas Priest With Whitesnake, 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas (Bayou Place), 713-230-1600 or www.livenation.com.

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"Can you imagine someone having to sing 'Painkiller'?" he quips, referring to his hellish, nearly six-minute falsetto assault from the 1990 album of the same name. (Painkiller was also the last album Halford recorded with Priest before he left the band for nearly a decade.)

"Painkiller" is featured on last year's Rock Band 2, and its nearly 20-second falsetto drill is said to be the very bane of some gamers' existence. Even 40 years into Judas Priest's metal odyssey, the band is still pissing people off and enchanting a whole new growling, leathery crowd.

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