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KK: no regrets

Former Judas Priest guitarist and founding member KK Downing, who sensationally left the band back in 2011, has elaborated on his decision to leave the heavy metal legends, revealing that it wasn’t his own career that he felt was coming to a close…

“I’ll never get away from this ‘retirement’ thing. What happened was that I quit,” he tells The Midlands Rocks. “‘Retired’ implies that I am not physically able to do it. I am able to do it, but I didn’t want to do it; I just wasn’t enjoying it any more. A lot of things had changed. I think I counted about thirty reasons why I didn’t want to do it at the time, and that’s an awful lot of reasons.

“In all honesty I think that in so many respects it had run its course. If you’re part of a songwriting team you get the recognition and reward for creating something. But for me Priest became about going out and playing live and replicating exactly what people had enjoyed ten, twenty or thirty years ago.

KK with Judas Priest

“The fans would be just as happy if they could see us take them on a walk down memory lane – I think that’s what people enjoy most. And I understand that, because if I could go out now and see Eric Clapton with Cream then I would be the happiest person in the world.”

“If the industry was still healthy and people still had to spend their hard-earned money buying a record, it would be different.

“We used to buy an album and think, ‘Well it’s not that good, but I’ll play it a million times and I’m sure I’ll get into it.’ Now it doesn’t get a second chance.

“In the past there was always the opportunity to create a record like The Dark Side Of The Moon orBritish Steel or Back In Black that would be indelible, and people will always come back to. I think that opportunity has gone now – it would take a miracle for one of those to happen again.”

Meanwhile, Judas Priest look set to release a new album next year, despite many assuming they’d call it quits after their Epitaph “farewell”. tour

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Former Judas Priest guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing has revealed plans to build a multi-million hotel and leisure complex.

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Judas Priest axeman Glenn Tipton isn’t ready to follow KK Downing into retirement just yet – but the idea has occurred to him.

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As a founding member of one of heavy metal’s most enduring acts, you would have thought that the departure of KK Downing could have damaged the dynamic of metal gods.

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It can be revealed – the real reason guitarist KK Downing retired from Judas Priest.

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The band recently announced a farewell tour and have welcomed a new guitarist, Richie Faulkner, to replace the recently retired KK Downing.

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Judas Priest have just released the first official pic of the new line up, featuring new guitarist Richie Faulkner who has replaced the departed/retired KK Downing

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Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing updates fans on the band’s plans for next year and reminisces about the past.

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Our buddies at Music Radar are having a metal week including Tom Morello and Billy Corgan’s favourite metal albums of all time, Glenn Tipton and KK Downing doing a track-by-track on Judas Priest’s classic ‘British Steel’, a heavy metal gear guide and more! Check it out on Music Radar!

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The Quietus recently conducted an interview with Rob Halford and KK Downing of Judas Priest.

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