K.K. Downing opines that guitarists Richie Faulkner and Andy Sneap not really part of Judas Priest
Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing was recently interviewed by Andrew Catania for All That Shreds. Downing was asked whether it was unfair that he wasn’t asked back into the band when guitarist Glenn Tipton announced that he was unable to tour due to suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. In addition, Downing was asked whether he thought Tipton‘s replacement Andy Sneap was a good fit.
Downing replied: “Totally unfair. People come and go in bands. Rob left for 14 years and came back to the band. Even today I’ve still been in Judas Priest longer than Rob. I was in the band three years before he joined. Andy does look out of place. I would imagine he’s going to go back to producing.”
In terms of whether he has any contact with anyone at Judas Priest, Downing revealed: “None. They don’t respond to any of my correspondence. Glenn is always the one that controls the behinds the scenes with Jane from management. It’s a bit like a John Lennon/Yoko syndrome.
Andy and Richie are on a wage. They’re not really part of Judas Priest. The band is Judas Priest Music. I’m 25% shareholder and Director of that company. It’s a bit of a mess, really.”
You can read the rest of the interview with K.K. Downing at All That Shreds.