Ex-Judas Priest bandmates K.K. Downing, Tim “Ripper” Owens and Les Binks to reunite for one show
History will be made on November 3, 2019 when former Judas Priest bandmates K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim “Ripper” Owens (lead vocals) and Les Binks (drums) will be reuniting to play a concert together at K.K. Downing’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, UK.
The following message was posted on Owens‘ Facebook page earlier today (with slight edits):
“Come out and enjoy, this will be the only time I do this ????
??…WORLD EXCLUSIVE.!!! Megadeth‘s legendary bassist David Ellefson joins forces with our very own Judas Priest founding member K.K. Downing to perform a one off exclusive in #wolverhampton as part of David‘s ‘More LIVE with Deth’ 2019 European Tour.
The evening will consist of a full band set from Ellefson’s Sleeping Giants band featuring Thöm Häzäert, followed by a full-length set of Priest classics with legendary former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing, former Judas Priest drummer Les Binks and former Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens. In addition to this we get a fantastic support set from former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley.
Steel Mill will also host a special pre-show VIP event, to include a More Life With Deth book signing event and one on one Q&A session with Ellefson, Downing & Hazaert, moderated by Mark Eglinton who co-authored K.K. Downing’s recent memoir Heavy Duty Days and Nights in Judas Priest.
Downing says, “I am very pleased to have been asked to perform a unique and special concert with Megadeth’s David Ellefson to celebrate the release of his new book “More Life With Deth”. The concert will also bring about the opportunity to play again with some very dear and talented metal legends from the past, the combination of these Icons will for sure enable us to deliver up one of the most exciting concerts this year, so much so that it would not be out of place to call this the ultimate ass kicking “MegaPriest” fest, and is one that is not to be missed.”
Ellefson adds, “I speak very candidly in my new book “More Life With Deth” about the significance Judas Priest played in my early musical trajectory, specifically the ‘Unleashed in the East’ live album with its picture-perfect image of what heavy metal should look and sound like. To me that album, along with its powerful cover image, captured the excitement I felt for a new era of music, one that would transition me from my roots in American Hard Rock over to that of British Heavy Metal. Over the years, K.K. and I became fast friends while we toured together with Priest & Megadeth, and I’m beyond thrilled to perform together onstage with him and his former Priest band mates, as we light up the Steel Mill together for a night of molten metal classics!”
He continues, “Thom (Hazaert) and I have been touring all summer across the USA supporting the new book and our Sleeping Giants release. Plus “Ripper” and I have shared stages all around the world in the last decade or so, and now to add Les Binks in the mix, who to my generation was the ultimate metal double bass drummer, this has become the ultimate ‘metal’ family reunion!”
Limited VIP and General Sale tickets are on Sale from Wednesday 18th September at 5pm.
K.K. has insisted this is to be a well priced ticket as a thank you to the loyal fans that have supported over the years, and hopes to see as many faces as possible.. This is not to be missed!!
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