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K.K. DOWNING Says JUDAS PRIEST's 'Point Of Entry' Is The 'Worst' Album He Ever Made

In a new interview with Classic Rock magazine, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing was asked to name the best record he ever made. He responded: "[Laughs] No apologies, I must pick my albums by KK'S PRIEST: 'Sermons Of The Sinner' [2021] and the new one, 'Sinner Rides Again'. They’r...
December 19, 2023
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K.K. DOWNING Says He Would Consider Writing Follow-Up To His Autobiography: 'Lots Of Things Went Unsaid'

In a new interview with Greg Prato of Consequence, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing touched upon his autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", which was released in September 2018 via Hachette Audio as a digital download, and in print and ebook from Da Capo Press. The b...
October 10, 2023
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K.K. DOWNING Looks Back On JUDAS PRIEST's 'Painkiller' Album

In a new interview with "The Jeremy White Show", founding JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing spoke about the 33rd anniversary of the band's classic "Painkiller" album. Addressing how the addition of then-new drummer Scott Travis affected PRIEST's sound and songwriting, Downing said (as tr...
September 21, 2023
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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS On Battling Detractors: 'I'll Always Have Something To Prove'

By David E. Gehlke Possessor of one of the finest voices in American metal, Tim "Ripper" Owens has been a bit of a musical nomad since his 2003 departure from the band that put him on the map, JUDAS PRIEST. A long-term situation has unfortunately eluded the Akron, Ohio native, namely high-profile st...
September 6, 2023
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K.K. DOWNING Rules Out Performing With JUDAS PRIEST Again, Says He Expected To Be 'Back In The Band When There Was An Opening'

In a new interview with Metal Hammer magazine, original JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing ruled out ever performing with his former band again. "No," he replied bluntly when asked about making another appearance with PRIEST. "Before I started [my new band] KK'S PRIEST, I asked if they'd...
September 2, 2023
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CARMINE APPICE Recruits CARLOS CAVAZO And ROWAN ROBERTSON For New KING KOBRA Album 'We Are Warriors'

It's been almost four decades since the mighty KING KOBRA first burst on to the melodic metal scene. Pulled together by superstar drummer and mastermind Carmine Appice (CACTUS, VANILLA FUDGE),KING KOBRA quickly became a worldwide fan favorite with a deadly mix of stellar musicianship, killer metal...
July 18, 2023
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SLAYER's KERRY KING Gets Signature 'Overlord' Guitar From DEAN GUTARS

Dean Guitars emerges from its USA Custom Shop right in time for the 2023 NAMM Show, introducing a brand-new Artist Series electric guitar, the Dean USA Custom Shop Kerry King Signature Overlord. A second collaboration with Kerry King, the trailblazing co-lead guitarist of the thrash metal band SLAYE...
April 13, 2023
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JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD Says It Was 'Wonderful' Performing With K.K. DOWNING At ROCK HALL Induction

In a new interview with Sonic Perspectives contributor Robert Cavuoto, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was asked what it was like reuniting with original PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing for a performance at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony last November. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH....
January 25, 2023
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JUDAS PRIEST's Official 'Inductee Insights' Video From ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Posted Online

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame YouTube channel has shared an "Inductee Insights" video focusing on British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, who were inducted into the Hall at last year's ceremony. The five-minute clip, which was shown at the November 5 event at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angele...
January 15, 2023
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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING On RICHIE FAULKNER: 'I've Nothing But Respect For Him'

In a new interview with Metal Talk, ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing reflected on his reunion with his former bandmates at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Downing, who sat at the same table at the induction ceremony as th...
December 23, 2022
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K.K. DOWNING's KK'S PRIEST Announces First Concert

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing's new band KK'S PRIEST will co-headline next year's edition of the Alcatraz open air hard rock and heavy metal festival, set to take place August 11-13, 2023 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Downing announced the group's appearance at the event via a video message pos...
December 15, 2022
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LES BINKS Says K.K. DOWNING And RICHIE FAULKNER 'Got On Really Well' At ROCK HALL, 'Especially On Stage'

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks, who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier in the month along with some of the other former and current members of the band, reflected on the experience in a new interview with Finland's Chaoszine. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We...
November 25, 2022
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ROB HALFORD On Performing With K.K. DOWNING At ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: 'It Just Felt Like He Was Always There'

In a new interview with the San Antonio Current, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was asked if performing with original PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony helped put aside some of the acrimony that K.K. has shown about not being in band for these last few tours....
November 24, 2022
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Watch Pro-Shot Video Of JUDAS PRIEST's Performance With K.K. DOWNING At ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST were reunited with guitarist K.K. Downing and drummer Les Binks for a performance at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Pro-shot video of the performance as well as Alice Cooper's induction...
November 23, 2022
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RICHIE FAULKNER 'Offered To Opt Out' Of ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Performance: 'I Didn't Need To Be There'

In a new interview with Lauren "Lern" Elwell of the KSHE radio station, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke about Richie Faulkner's participation in the group's performance at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame even though the guitarist wasn't being inducted along with his bandmates. "He's a miracle m...
November 19, 2022