K.K. Downing thinks that people want to know if he’ll be part of Judas Priest’s 50th year anniversary
Former Judas Priest lead guitarist K.K. Downing was interviewed by UK’s eonmusic immediately after performing live with Ross The Boss at the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Catton Park in Derbyshire, UK on August 11, 2019.
In terms of what he thinks of the idea of performing with Judas Priest with former members like singers Al Atkins and Tim “Ripper” Owens for the band’s 50th year anniversary, Downing advised: “Yeah, lots of things could happen, but I think the main thing is, lots of people are saying to me; “Will you be included? Are the band talking to you about the 50th anniversary?”, because obviously, it’s a pivotal point, that anniversary. I mean, I was there fifty years ago; Al Atkins was the singer fifty years ago; Ian was there, and so; “Are you going to be included?” Well the answer is; I don’t know. It’s the other guys that need to be asked as it’s obviously their decision. Many people are asking me what might happen, when only those guys can say, but people do want to know.”
With respect to Downing making it known that he’d be up for a reunion, the guitarist indicated: “Well, how can I explain; I was okay, really, throughout the years that I hadn’t been in the band. I was just hoping that I would automatically, naturally [rejoin], because, there wasn’t any rifts or anything really. We were hard-working and long-time mates, you know? I mean, I went through infant school and stuff like that with Ian [Hill, bass guitarist]. I’ve never had an argument with Ian, ever, or the other guys, really. I always thought that I would get the respect, and get what I was entitled to, because we’ve all worked in a band for years.
For me, it was forty years or more, and you work towards a pension and everything, but things started to go not right, and I wasn’t particularly happy about that. I was fine to be left alone, and to leave them alone, but I wasn’t getting the respect that I deserved, and so I’m thinking well, maybe, if I’m not going to rejoin the band, maybe it’s time for me to play with some other guys. I wanted to research that, so I’m here now!”
You can read the rest of the interview with K.K. Downing at eonmusic‘s website.
Ross The Boss with K.K. Downing performing Judas Priest songs at Bloodstock Festival on August 11, 2019:
Ross The Boss with KK Downing performing Judas Priest at Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Park, Walton-on-Trent, England, 11th August 2019 – The songs performed were The Green Manalishi (with the Two Pronged Crown), Heading Out to the Highway, Breaking the Law & Running Wild.