K.K. Downing has no reason to think he’ll be included in Judas Priest’s 50th year anniversary
Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing was recently interviewed by Rock Music Star and spoke about the usual topics including not being asked to replace Glenn Tipton once the latter announced that he could no longer tour with the band due to his Parkinson’s Disease.
On Judas Priest‘s upcoming 50th year anniversary celebrations, Downing stated (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “I have no idea what they mean by [saying that they will have] a big event — I don’t know — but it’s gonna be 2019, 50 years exactly from 1969. But in 1969, I was in the band, and Ian [Hill, bass] was in the band. I think Rob [Halford, vocals] and Glenn joined in the early ’70s. So, really, for it to be justified… It can’t be a 50-years celebration — can it? I suppose it could be a 50-years celebration that the band was, obviously, started from, when me and Ianwas there. But I don’t know… It’s a bit weird. I think it’s a good song to sing in order to get bums on seats. It is quite commemorative — 50 years is a long time. But we’ll see what happens there. I don’t know what Rob‘s got on his mind. I’ve heard him talk about it [in interviews], but he hasn’t said anything to me about it. So I have absolutely no idea. And I’ve got no reason to believe that I would be included whatsoever.”
Interview with K.K. Downing by Rock Music Star:
KK Downing, former guitarist of Judas Priest, chats with RockMusicStar.com about his new autobiography, “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest.”