K.K. Downing believes setlist for his upcoming show will include a song never performed by Judas Priest
Former Judas Priest band members K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim “Ripper” Owens (lead vocals) and Les Binks (drums) will be taking the stage together along with guitarist A.J. Mills and Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson at K.K. Downing’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, UK. on November 3, 2019.
Downing was recently interviewed by Eamon O’Neill for UK’s eonmusic and spoke about the upcoming show, which will be his first full-length one in ten years. The guitarist made a guest appearance for a couple of songs with Ross The Boss at the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Catton Park in Derbyshire, UK back on August 11, 2019.
In terms of choosing the setlist for the upcoming show on November 3rd, Downing indicated: “Well, I like to think I’m pretty good at doing stuff like this, really. Obviously there’s so many songs to choose from. And that’s why I said – as I did with Ross the Boss – I said; “absolutely nobody can get wind of this set list”, for lots of different reasons. The main reason is I want the fan experience to be at its peak when the lights go down and we come on. I don’t want them knowing exactly what the set list is, because it just creates more anticipation and excitement, really. And for me up there, if they know exactly what I’m going to deliver up, it just takes the edge off, really.”
With respect to this being a full show compared to his appearance at the Bloodstock Festival, Downing stated: “It is, completely; this is a full blown Priest set to me; I’ve got Ripper, I’ve got Les, and obviously playing all of these songs, to me, I’ll be up there doing what I’ve always done in the way that I do it. It’ll just be like I’m in Priest, and that’s it.”
In regard to playing material from the Ripper‘s Judas Priest era, Downing advised: “It’s great. Obviously we’ll play some stuff from the Ripper years and we’ll play some stuff from the Les Binks years, and I think I’ve got one song lined up that no Priest has ever played before. And that’s not just to promote the show – it’s just a song that I’ve always wanted to play, but never had the agreement from everybody to want to play it.”
You can read the rest of the interview with K.K. Downing at eonmusic‘s website.