Tag Archives: K.K. Downing

K.K Downing sell-bent for leather; auctioning off Judas Priest songs

Posted by on May 18, 2018

It looks like former Judas Priest guitarist K.K Downing has another thing coming since his Asbury Hall golf course he opened shortly after he left the group back in 2011 has entered administration (similar to America’s Chapter 11) during the fall of 2017. To avoid breaking the law, he’s instead decided to put the royalty […]

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Rob Halford responds to K.K. Downing’s comments on Glenn Tipton’s involvement with ‘Firepower’

Posted by on February 28, 2018

Yesterday (27th), K.K. Downing expressed how he was “shocked and stunned” he wasn’t asked to rejoin Judas Priest for their tour following Glenn Tipton’s decision to retire from touring. During his statement, he also hinted that producer Andy Sneap did more than producing the band’s latest album Firepower, stating, “I have no doubt that his […]

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K.K. Downing is “shocked and stunned” he wasn’t asked to rejoin Judas Priest

Posted by on February 27, 2018

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing, who was with the group from their beginnings in 1969 until 2011, was “shocked and stunned” that he wasn’t invited to rejoin the band as his original role following Glenn Tipton’s decision to retire from touring due to Parkinson’s Disease. The group invited their producer Andy Sneap instead of […]

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Album anniversary: Judas Priest’s ‘Screaming For Vengeance’ turns 34

Posted by on July 18, 2016

It’s hard to believe that Judas Priest wasn’t a commercial metal force to be reckoned with until 1982, but it wasn’t until 34 years ago yesterday that Judas Priest released their eighth album, Screaming For Vengeance. Sure, many Priest fans, especially in the U.K., had been following them from the beginning, and 1980’s British Steel was their […]

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K. K. Downing discusses what it would take for him to return to Judas Priest

Posted by on March 3, 2016

Guitarist and metal godfather K.K. Downing left the legendary Judas Priest back in 2011 for several reasons involving the strenuous effort it requires to keep up with a band of that magnitude and the toll it was taking on his personal life. While Downing has been fairly happy with what his departure did to his life, […]

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Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing is in the perfume game now

Posted by on December 11, 2014

As one of Judas Priest’s two guitarists until this past year’s Redeemer of Souls, K.K. Downing is responsible for some of the most recognizable riffs in metal history. He stepped down from the band three years ago, and many might have wondered what he’s been up to. He resurfaced this past weekend at UK festival Planet […]

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Today in Metal: ‘Nostradamus’ by Judas Priest turns 6 years old

Posted by on June 16, 2014

Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. 6 years ago today, Judas Priest released their experimental concept album about the French prophet Nostradamus. Since their new album, Redeemer of Souls is coming out later this year; this would be Judas […]

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Here’s Judas Priest’s ‘Dragonaut’

Posted by on June 13, 2014

You’ve already heard a snippet of “Dragonaut,” the song that kicks off Judas Priest’s Redeemer of Souls. Now Rolling Stone has premiered the whole song. It’s a pretty straightforward song, which means that it could fit in at pretty much any era of classic Judas Priest (basically, right around the Defenders of the Faith/British Steel era). It’s shredding […]

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In Defense of Their Good Name: Tim “Ripper” Owens

Posted by on May 9, 2014

After last week’s In Defense Of was published, I got to thinking, and I realized that a lot of the bigger bands have periods in their discography that are nearly universally hated by metal fans at large. Iron Maiden has the Blaze Bayley era, which we discussed in part last week. Metallica has the period […]

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Metal Insider top 5: Retirements that didn’t last

Posted by on January 27, 2014

Metal Insider’s Top 5 is a column where we count down the top five of…well basically anything. Tomorrow is a big day for Mötley Crüe. At 3pm EST, they’re widely expected to announce their retirement 33 years after their formation. Then they’ll be playing Jimmy Kimmel Live! later that night. And while the Crüe stepping down makes sense (Mick Mars is 62, […]

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