Judas Priest perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with guitarist K.K. Downing and drummer Les Binks
History was made yesterday night (on November 5, 2022) when Judas Priest consisting of current band members — lead vocalist Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, guitarist Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, and drummer Scott Travis — along with guitarist K.K. Downing, and drummers Les Binks and the late Dave Holland, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The current Judas Priest members along with Downing and Binks also performed a medley of three songs consisting of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”, “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight.”
Unlike many other hard rock and heavy metal bands that have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, current and past Judas Priest band members were able to put their differences aside to reunite on stage for a special live performance. That wasn’t the case for groups such as Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen or KISS who were either missing key band members at the ceremony or did not bother performing live at the event.
Downing was in Judas Priest from 1970 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2011. During the course of the last five years, the guitarist has suggested that he would be ready to return to Judas Priest but his overtures have been rejected by the band. Binks was in Judas Priest from 1977 to 1979 and played on the albums Stained Class (1978), Killing Machine (1978) and Unleashed In The East (1979). Holland was in the band from 1979 to 1989 and played on all of the group’s albums from British Steel (1980) to Ram It Down (1988). Holland was later convicted in 2004 of one count of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault against a 17-year-old male with learning difficulties. He was released from jail in 2012 and died at the age of 69 in 2018.
Judas Priest with K.K. Downing and Les Binks performing live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA on November 5, 2022 (video from Studio 72 Live!‘s YouTube page):