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Title: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on April 20, 2011, 16:15:18 pm
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/kk-downing-retires-from-judas-priest/

:( Was looking forward to seeing Priest either at this years High Voltage or on the london leg of the farewell tour but this news rather pisses on my chips.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Digital Matt on April 20, 2011, 20:18:34 pm
Quote from: Bisto on April 20, 2011, 16:15:18 pm
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/kk-downing-retires-from-judas-priest/

:( Was looking forward to seeing Priest either at this years High Voltage or on the london leg of the farewell tour but this news rather pisses on my chips.


Yes, me too. There must be a story behind this so soon before their ' Farewell ' tour. Why now? Perhaps KK has the gig as Rush 2nd guitarist!
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on April 21, 2011, 00:21:22 am
Quote from: Digital Matt on April 20, 2011, 20:18:34 pm
Yes, me too. There must be a story behind this so soon before their ' Farewell ' tour. Why now? Perhaps KK has the gig as Rush 2nd guitarist!

KK got the gig as the Rush guitarist back in '76 when the original Alex Lifeson died. However he couldn't cope with being in a band with a drummer who could read, so he upped and left to get back to Priest. The current incumbent of the Alex role is Fat "Freddie" Felchisson of Columbus Ohio.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Rrroooaaarrr on April 21, 2011, 00:30:57 am
He couldn't cope with a drummer that could read, so he went back to a band that couldn't play ;D  Now watch all the replies to this post! I'm only kidding Priest fans. Although I was never a fan myself.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: zoony on April 21, 2011, 05:59:07 am
Perhaps he's too busy with his golf course, which is just 3 miles from where i live here in Shropshire.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Jonners on April 21, 2011, 09:30:38 am
Think you are spot on Zooners, its all finished now, and is absolutely beautiful, I met him last year at a Help for Heroes golf day and got an invite

http://www.astburyhall.co.uk/home.html

Thought of doing a long farewell tour which may also not be selling that well probably didnt sit high on his list of priorities. Its a shame for the priest fans out there who would want to do a proper farewell. All seems a bit spinal tap to me
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: JonL on April 21, 2011, 10:33:20 am
It's going to completely scupper furure ticket sales too.
I would have contemplated going to the Newcastle gig, but not now.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on April 21, 2011, 12:07:03 pm
Quote from: Nick Sims on April 21, 2011, 00:21:22 am
KK got the gig as the Rush guitarist back in '76 when the original Alex Lifeson died. However he couldn't cope with being in a band with a drummer who could read, so he upped and left to get back to Priest. The current incumbent of the Alex role is Fat "Freddie" Felchisson of Columbus Ohio.


Surely you mean Fat Freddy Freekowtski? Geddy is clearly Phineas T. Freakears and Peart is obviously Freewheelin Franklin
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: zoony on April 21, 2011, 22:29:07 pm
Quote from: Jonners on April 21, 2011, 09:30:38 am
Think you are spot on Zooners, its all finished now, and is absolutely beautiful, I met him last year at a Help for Heroes golf day and got an invite

http://www.astburyhall.co.uk/home.html

Thought of doing a long farewell tour which may also not be selling that well probably didnt sit high on his list of priorities. Its a shame for the priest fans out there who would want to do a proper farewell. All seems a bit spinal tap to me


Have you played there yet Jonners? My nephew Wayne, who plays off 5 has a couple of times, and says it's a nice course.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on April 22, 2011, 02:25:11 am
The plot thickens

(from Blabbermouth.net)

Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Metal Assaultconducted a short interview with JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which took place last night (Wednesday, April 20) at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, California.

On whether he's as shocked as everyone else at original JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing's decision to leave the band:

Scott Travis: "Oh yes, I sure am. Everyone has been asking me about it, but then K.K. is a legend, so I do expect everyone to ask me about it."

On what this means for PRIEST to embark on a "farewell" tour:

Scott Travis: "I think we'll go as long as we want to go. It's up to everyone in the band. It's a five-member unit and I'm going to hopefully rock when PRIEST decides to give it up. I want to stick around and do what I can do. We're all lucky to do this to begin with. It's a gift to be able to make music, travel the world, meet fans and do everything else."

On what he plans to do after PRIEST's final tour:

Scott Travis: "I don't know, I'm just going to continue rocking my guts out like I do and hopefully something will come around the corner and I'll keep rocking."

Downing released a statement earlier today blaming his departure from JUDAS PRIEST on "an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band's management for some time." He added that he "decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to . . . our cherished fans."

JUDAS PRIEST members had previously stated that their "Epitaph" tour would be their last, but that they would continue recording, with a new album due for release next year.

The tour begins in Holland on June 7 with a series of dates scheduled throughout Europe this summer. They will then hit Brazil and Mexico in the fall. There has been no word on a U.S. leg of the tour.

Benjamin "Benji" Baudelot of Rock Hard, the leading monthly metal magazine in France, spoke to JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford earlier today (Thursday, April 21), just one day after it was announced that the band's original guitarist, Kenneth "K.K." Downing, was retiring from the group.

"K.K. leaving was his own decision, for the reasons he made public on his web site [earlier today]," Halford said.

"We had a fantastic time together on the 'Nostradamus' tour... [But] K.K. has his own life to live and we can't force him to do anything he doesn't want to do.

"He told us [of his decision to leave JUDAS PRIEST] before Christmas time. Personally, I thought this could be the end... Emotionally, for me, it's been very, very difficult...

"When K.K. said he was thinking of retiring, Glenn [Tipton, PRIEST guitarist] was the first guy to send him a personal email to say, 'Ken, I hope you're OK. If there's anything you need, just let me know.' We kept the door open all this time in case Ken changed his mind, but the clock was ticking."

When asked about the remaining JUDAS PREST members' decision to go ahead with their previously announced tour plans with a replacement guitarist -- 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner (LAUREN HARRIS, DIRTY DEEDS) -- Halford said, "K.K. can never be replaced; he's unique, and we didn't want any kind of K.K. copycat. Richie Faulkner came to Glenn's house to jam, and Glenn simply told me he was absolutely brilliant."

Rock Hard's full interview with Rob Halford will be published in the in the magazine's May issue (#110).
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: JonL on April 22, 2011, 11:26:44 am
JUDAS PRIEST members had previously stated that their "Epitaph" tour would be their last, but that they would continue recording, with a new album due for release next year.

So it's not their last tour then.

It really winds me up when bands do farewell tours, trade on that, fans go for one last blast, only to find they're doing it again 2 years later. Takes advantage somewhat.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: captainkurtz on April 22, 2011, 11:37:18 am
Its also a bit out of order that they've known kk wanted to leave at Christmas and they didn't disclose this when the tourdates were announced.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Jonners on April 26, 2011, 15:25:37 pm
I may be a bit naieve, but pretty sure they are saying they will no longer be a touring band, just records. I actually dont think they are taking the piss

However its all dressed up, its leaving a rather nasty taste in the mouth (which is probably something Rob halford is very used to!)

Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Slim on May 09, 2011, 00:58:35 am
Quote from: Nick Sims on April 21, 2011, 00:21:22 am
KK got the gig as the Rush guitarist back in '76 when the original Alex Lifeson died.


Thanks for confirming that. I always suspected it because of the hats featured  on 2112 and Sad Wings of Destiny. Same bloke. At last it makes sense.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Straight Shooter on July 13, 2011, 12:20:26 pm
...........and this just in from the SECC  ::)

JUDAS PRIEST OFFER*

19 July 2011 | SECC

Get a pair of Judas Priest tickets for £40!
Legendary heavy metal band, Judas Priest, are touring the UK in July 2011, and will perform at the SECC on Tuesday the 19th. The UK tour will be part of the band's world tour entitled the 'Epitaph Tour 2011'.

Judas Priests' career has spanned nearly 40 years, and has remained at an all time high, including recently picking up a Grammy Award and being a VH1 Honors recipient.

Formed in Birmingham in the early 1970's by longtime Judas Priest members guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill soon joined by vocalist Rob Halford and guitarist Glenn Tipton, the band have recorded sixteen studio albums to date and sold in excess of 45 million records worldwide - rightly receiving the accolade of 2nd Greatest Metal Band Of All Time by MTV.

The 'Epitaph Tour 2011' will be the ultimate heavy metal concert experience and one of the last times you will be able to see Judas Priest perform live - don't miss it!!

To take advantage of this amazing offer please quote promotion code: JP40 in the online promotion box

*Offer valid Wednesday 13 July at 12 noon until Friday 15 July 2011 at 12 noon.


Tickets selling well then........... :P
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Simon_LDT on July 13, 2011, 12:33:36 pm
Obviously not selling well at all if they're slashing prices like that.

Serves 'em right though. I've also read somewhere that they WILL continue to play select gigs (short mini-tours) which to me means they've gone back on the original statement. I bet some fans are well pissed off about that (plus KK leaving as well).
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Slim on November 13, 2019, 10:22:42 am
This just came up on my YouTube suggestions:


Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Jonners on November 13, 2019, 13:57:01 pm
Had an invite last week to the event with him, Ripper, Dave Ellefson and Les Binks!
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Nick on November 13, 2019, 15:55:51 pm
Enjoyed that..it helps he's kept his hair.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: zoony on November 13, 2019, 18:07:25 pm
Things went tits up with his golf course project at Astbury hall, which is 3 miles from me. It appears he got shafted by some investors, and lost a lot of money, and the golf course. He rents a house by where my late best mate, Iantheholte's mom lives now in our village, and Ian's brother Phil told me the other week that KK had took some rubbish to the tip for her. Just as a coincidence, Breaking The Law is playing on Planet Rock as I type this.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Slim on November 14, 2019, 00:24:32 am
Sorry to hear that. I'd definitely rather see this new band than the current Judas Priest and it has (to my mind) at least as much claim on a notion of being "authentic".

The other guitar player's no Glenn Tipton though and although he pulls off the solo it doesn't have the same musicality or panache.

Planning to start reading KK's autobiography soon.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Jonners on November 14, 2019, 14:55:50 pm
Yep, i would like to read his book, proper hero of mine
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: zoony on November 15, 2019, 01:46:52 am
Quote from: Jonners on November 14, 2019, 14:55:50 pmYep, i would like to read his book, proper hero of mine
I suppose I could get it signed for you mate as he's only down the road from me 😉.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Slim on November 15, 2019, 13:28:35 pm
I started reading his book (the Kindle version, hard to autograph). His dad was a really strange bloke, that's what I've got out of it so far.
Title: Re: KK Downing quits Priest
Post by: Nick on February 28, 2020, 17:02:07 pm
Looks like KK's Priest will be on tour soon. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/judas-priest-kk-downings-new-band-951612/