In a new interview with The Metal Voice, founding JUDAS PRIEST guitarist KK Downing elaborated on his decision to call his new band PRIEST OF KK, an obvious nod to his former group. Yours is attached PRIEST OF KK for the ex JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim «Ripper» Owens, guitarist AJ Mills (HOSTILE), bass player Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, CAGE).
“I struggled with the name a lot and a lot, a lot and a lot, but I just didn’t want to call myself something that was totally separate from my history and my legacy.” Downing explained (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). «I want this band to be a bit in the past, because Ripper is there; The [Binks, former JUDAS PRIEST drummer] was going to be [part of the band as well]. Y The you will be a special guest with us [at some of the upcoming shows], Which is great.
“It’s about being in the twilight for me,” the 69-year-old guitarist continued. «There are many, many decades behind me, there is much more behind me than there is in front of me. [laughs] – but it’s about rejoicing, celebrating. And it’s an anniversary, and now there’s no time for bullshit. We will go out and have fun, and if someone wants to jump on stage with us and play and be a guest with us, that will be great too.
Apparently referencing the current lineup of JUDAS PRIEST, including its replacement, Richie Faulkner, KK He said, “These guys are out there, some I’ve never met, and they’re playing my songs like a PRIEST. So why can’t I be a PRIEST?
“I was there [from the beginning]»He continued.» I just didn’t want to leave the PRIEST behind. I can’t just call myself WILD CRAZY BOYS, something that has nothing to do with me and my life.
I have to be honest, I know JUDAS PRIEST It has gained a lot of new and younger fans, and I wish them all the best, but I am looking at the band, and it is not the band that I watched for 40 years. It is not the same band for me.
«Obviously, when [singer] Steal [Halford] left [PRIEST] for all those years, 14 years, and it took [drummer] Scott [Travis] with him it was a bad moment for us «. KK additional.
“There are Steal Y Ian [Hill, bass in the current touring incarnation of PRIEST], or is it me and Ripper [in KK’S PRIEST]. But that’s what it is.
PRIEST OF KK will play select programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of PRIEST Y DowningCareer as a founding member. PRIEST OF KKThe song list will consist of PRIEST classics and new songs.
Downing left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of gang conflict, mismanagement, and deteriorating performance quality. Was replaced by Faulkner, almost three decades his junior.
In 2018, Downing revealed that he sent two resignation letters to his bandmates when he decided to resign JUDAS PRIEST. The former was described as “an elegant top note, involving a gentle withdrawal from the music,” while the latter was “angrier, exposing all his frustrations with specific parties.”
Downing He later said that he believed the second letter was “a key reason” why he was not invited to join. PRIEST later Glenn Tiptondecision to withdraw from touring.
Downingthe autobiography of “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights at Judas Priest”, was released in September 2018 via Take Da Capo.
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