LES BINKS Says JUDAS PRIEST Will Perform With Three Guitarists And Two Drummers At ROCK HALL Induction Ceremony
October 20, 2022
In a new interview with Finland's Chaoszine, former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks spoke about the band's upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET) "The category that they put the band in, it looked like we weren't actually gonna be performing. Well, all of that has changed now, and it appears that we will be performing.
"This is gonna be one for the books. You'll have a situation where we have [original PRIEST guitarist] K.K. [Downing] in the band again, which nobody thought was ever gonna happen," he continued. "Richie Faulkner [Downing's PRIEST replacement] is gonna be performing as well, although Richie is not actually being inducted, because the way the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame system works, it has to go back, I think, 20 or 25 years or something. Richie doesn't go back that far [with PRIEST]… So he'll be there. That's two guitarists. And then, of course, you've got Glenn [Tipton, PRIEST's longtime guitarist]; and he will be performing as well, apparently. Now, I know he's got some health issues at the moment, but all being well, that's the plan.
"So JUDAS PRIEST with not two guitarist but three. [Laughs] And two drummers. I'll be playing with [current PRIEST drummer] Scott Travis as well. Scott's being inducted as well, obviously; he's been in the band a long time.
"So that should be quite an interesting experience, in L.A.," Binks added. "You've never seen anything like that before, and you're not likely to see it again, I think.
"We only have an eight-minute slot, which is not very long; it'll be over in a flash… We'll have a rehearsal before because we've decided the easiest way to approach it, to do it, for an eight-minute slot that we have, is to do a medley of songs. So run one into the other. So that's what we'll rehearse, to get that sorted out."
Binks played drums on PRIEST's "Stained Class", "Hell Bent For Leather" (released as "Killing Machine" in the United Kingdom) and "Unleashed In The East" albums.
JUDAS PRIEST will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month. PRIEST will receive the Musical Excellence Award at the event, which will honor Eminem, Dolly Parton, DURAN DURAN, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, EURYTHMICS and Carly Simon in the Performers category.
According to the Hall Of Fame, the JUDAS PRIEST members that will get inducted include current members Rob Halford (vocals),Ian Hill (bass),Tipton and Travis, along with former members Downing, Binks and late drummer Dave Holland.
The 2022 Rock Hall induction ceremony will be held on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It will air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max. There will also be a radio simulcast on SiriusXM's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Radio channel 310.
JUDAS PRIEST was on the ballot for Rock Hall induction in 2020, but failed to receive enough votes to make that year's class.
Having been eligible for induction since 1999, PRIEST was also on the ballot for the 2018 class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but was ultimately left out of the inductee list.
Photo courtesy of LES BINKS' PRIESTHOOD Facebook page
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