Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Retires, Replacement Named
April 20, 2011
It is with regret that British heavy metal legends Judas Priest announce that guitarist K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming ‘Epitaph’ Tour.
The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well.
Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, singer Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let the fans down all around the world.
Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement — 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner — he has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to set the stage on fire.
The ‘Epitaph’ Tour will include songs from every Judas Priest studio album and also tracks they have never before performed on stage — plus all the old favourites.
With a new album due to be released next year, the ‘Metal Gods’ are preparing to tour the planet once more — heavy metal at it’s best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire! It’s a show not too be missed!