JUDAS PRIEST's K.K. DOWNING Discusses Classic 'Desert Plains' Track

February 5, 2011

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of JUDAS PRIEST's "Point Of Entry" album, the band's guitarist, K.K. Downing, has offered the following comment on the LP's the classic track "Desert Plains" via his official web site:

"'Desert Plains', to me, is just one of those songs that you can get into instantly because of the tempo and where the accents are in the riff. Additionally, and particularly in the States, the lyrical content making reference to the desert has that extra appeal for the fans in places like Arizona and New Mexico.

"Having mentioned the tempo, it was often difficult for us to keep it as per the studio version live because it seemed to work virtually at any tempo. That's as long as it was faster of course, as is typical of bands when playing live. I guess it's because of that nervous energy and adrenalin that drives us that bit bit harder and faster when the lights go down.

"'Desert Plains' was also a song that none of us really wanted to leave out of the set, and if we did, it was only because we did not want fans to say that we kept on playing the same old songs. The song has that unique quality and feel about it and is hard to replace in the set.

"It would be great to think that songs like this are easy to keep writing, but believe me, I have tried. So unless we come up with something soon, there will be — and maybe quite rightfully — only one 'Desert Plains'."

JUDAS PRIEST's seventh album, "Point of Entry" was released on February 26, 1981.

Three singles were released from the effort — "Heading Out to the Highway", "Don't Go" and "Hot Rockin'" — all of which had accompanying music videos. The band performed "Heading Out To The Highway" up until the release of the "Priest... Live!" album, and "Hot Rockin'" is still occasionally performed today. On the 2005 "Re-united" tour JUDAS PRIEST also played "Solar Angels" on rare occasions: on the "Point Of Entry" tour, this was the opening song on every show.

"Point of Entry" was remastered and re-released in 2001, with two bonus tracks added — a live version of "Desert Plains" and a track from the "Ram It Down" sessions.

The U.S. cover of "Point of Entry" differed to that in the rest of the world, this being repeated with the remaster. The U.S. artwork became notorious for its use of printer paper to simulate the line in the middle of the road, and white cardboard boxes on the back.

Original cover:

Original Japanese and North American cover:

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