Judas Priest fans were shocked in 2011 when guitarist K.K. Downing left the band he founded in 1969. In a new interview, he spoke in depth about his reasons for leaving, and the differences in the industry between now and when he started.
Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has been relatively quiet since his departure from the iconic heavy metal act in 2011. After 41 years of making heavy metal, Downing put down his axe and bid farewell to Judas Priest, which he recently addressed in a new interview.
If Judas Priest had scheduled a film premiere 30 years ago, Rob Halford would have showed up on a Harley. But time stands still for no one -- not even a Metal God -- and Halford was rocking a decidedly different set of wheels at the New York screening of the band's 'Epitaph' DVD on May 14.
Judas Priest recently revealed plans issue their new 'Epitaph' concert Blu-Ray / DVD and now they're able to tease the forthcoming release with a new trailer. In the clip, the band's members discuss exactly what the trek meant to them as well as teasing some of the cool things about the 'Epitaph' run.
Just in case metal fans needed a reminder of precisely how long Judas Priest have been slaying the masses, the band is gearing up to release ‘Epitaph,’ a live retrospective of the past four decades of their massive recording career.
When Judas Priest released its venerable fourth album, 'Stained Class,' 35 years ago, the British heavy metal standard-bearers could never have dreamed its musical merits would one day be co-opted and the album’s legacy almost destroyed by a hideous tragedy.
Though K.K. Downing may have left behind the fame and glory of rocking and rolling with Judas Priest in favor of running a golf course, he fondly remembers his former days on road, particularly in the far east.
Don’t look now, metal fans, but another one of the genre’s classic records just celebrated a once impossible-seeming milestone: Judas Priest‘s ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ which gave the band its big commercial breakthrough in the U.S., turned 30 last month.
Rob Halford of Judas Priest was kind enough to phone us up for an interview recently, and despite all the talk about the band’s current trek being the last major Priest tour, it’s obvious from the energy and passion the singer spoke with about their future plans that the “Metal Gods” aren’t going away anytime soon.
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