80s Judas Priest Ram It Down European Tour t-shirt Extra Large
Chest 23 in.
Length 25 in.
Content: Feels like 100% Cotton
Tag Brand: Unreadable
This awesome shirt is for the English heavy metal band Judas Priest and it celebrates European Tour promoting their eleventh studio album Ram It Down. The album was released by Columbia Records and promoted via their 1988 Mercenaries of Metal Tour. The album was produced by Tom Allom, who also produced and engineered records for other notable bands, Black Sabbath and Def Leppard. Judas Priest didn't actually work with Allom again until 30 years later, when they released their fifth live album, A Touch of Evil: Live.
Ram It Down included a cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" which was originally intended for use in the 1988 comedy movie of the same title. This song along with "Heavy Metal", "Come and Get It", "I'm a Rocker", and the album's title track became a part of the set list for the Mercenaries of Metal Tour.
Judas Priest has become known for their leather and studs aesthetic which had a strong influence over heavy metal fashion in general. Therir influence was so great that, when Rob Reiner was researching for his parody movie This Is Spinal Tap, he specifically made a point of attending a Judas Priest concert so he could familiarize himself with heavy metal culture.
Fits like a modern unisex adult Extra Large. Shirt is faded with tiny holes throughout, see pics.