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K.K. DOWNING 'Would Fight' To Have TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS-Era JUDAS PRIEST Albums Available

K.K. Downing says that he feels very strongly about making sure the Tim "Ripper" Owens-era JUDAS PRIEST albums are available to the public. The Ohio-based singer created two studio albums with the British heavy metal legends — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition" — before the band reunited wit...
February 15, 2022

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Is 'Over The Moon' About Being Nominated For ROCK HALL For Third Time

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that he is "over the moon" about the fact that he has been nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction for the third time. JUDAS PRIEST was previously on the ballot for Rock Hall induction in 2020, but failed to receive enough votes to make...
February 5, 2022

Who Wore The Leather Biker Look First: ROB HALFORD Or FREDDIE MERCURY? The JUDAS PRIEST Singer Weighs In

In a recent interview with Spain's Mariskal Rock, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was asked who wore the "leather biker look" first — him or late QUEEN frontman Freddie Mercury. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I remember seeing a picture of Freddie with his leather jacket and a c...
December 15, 2021

K.K. DOWNING Is 'Glad' He Released His Autobiography: 'I Wanted Fans To Get To Know Me A Little Bit Better'

During a recent appearance on "The High Way With Kyle Shutt", the podcast hosted by THE SWORD guitarist Kyle Shutt, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing spoke about the process of writing his autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", which was released in September 2018 via...
December 5, 2021

K.K. DOWNING Says Songwriting Process For KK'S PRIEST's Debut Album Was 'Very Automatic'

During an appearance on "The Adventures Of Pipeman" podcast, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing discussed the songwriting process for "Sermons Of The Sinner", the upcoming debut album from his new band KK'S PRIEST. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "The coolest thing for me, on t...
August 2, 2021

K.K. DOWNING Says DAVID ELLEFSON Joining KK'S PRIEST 'Was Never A Consideration'

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that David Ellefson was never considered as a possible addition to KK'S PRIEST, the new band K.K. formed with fellow ex-PRIEST member Tim "Ripper" Owens. Ellefson performed a full-length set of PRIEST classics with Downing, Owens and ex-JUDAS PRIEST dr...
July 9, 2021

K.K. DOWNING Says JUDAS PRIEST Threatened Him With Legal Action Over KK'S PRIEST Name

In a brand new interview with Sakis Fragos of Rock Hard Greece, founding JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing elaborated on his decision to call his new band KK'S PRIEST, an obvious nod to his former group. His is joined in KK'S PRIEST by former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, guitarist A.J....
June 28, 2021


K.K. Downing has reflected on the albums JUDAS PRIEST made with singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, saying that fans have grown to appreciate them more in the two decades since they were released. Owens joined PRIEST in 1996 and recorded two studio albums with the band — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demoli...
June 23, 2021


K.K. Downing has shot down the suggestion that his new band KK'S PRIEST is another version of JUDAS PRIEST. The founding PRIEST guitarist is joined in KK'S PRIEST by ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE),bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEAT...
June 19, 2021

KK'S PRIEST Feat. DOWNING, OWENS, BINKS: Debut Album, 'Sermons Of The Sinner', Announced

KK'S PRIEST has set "Sermons Of The Sinner" as the title of its debut album, due later in the year via via Explorer1 Music Group. Pre-orders for the LP will begin on Wednesday, May 12. A snippet of the official music video for what is apparently a song called "Hellfire Thunderbolt" is available belo...
May 10, 2021

K.K. DOWNING Believes His Exit From JUDAS PRIEST Was 'Orchestrated': 'I Don't Really Feel As Though I Left The Band'

Founding JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that he had "a change of mind" about leaving the band before his exit was officially announced a decade ago. Downing left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of band conflict, shoddy management and declining quality of performance. He was replaced by Richie F...
May 1, 2021

Late CHILDREN OF BODOM Frontman ALEXI LAIHO's Personally Owned Gear Is Now Up For Sale By His Estate

Musamaailma, the Finnish retailer, importer and wholesaler of musical instruments, is currently selling gear personally owned and used by the late CHILDREN OF BODOM and BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT co-founder, guitarist and frontman Alexi Laiho, who passed away in December 2020. Musamaailma is selling these...
April 23, 2021

ROB HALFORD's Latest Quarantine Outfit Includes Spiked Platform Heels, Sports Coat And Cowboy Hat

Rob Halford is continuing to show his sense of style while in quarantine. Late Friday night (January 22),the JUDAS PRIEST singer took to his Instagram to share a few photos of him wearing a tailored sports coat, tie with white skulls, leather gloves, jeans, cowboy hat and fabulous spiked platform h...
January 23, 2021

JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Reacts To ROB HALFORD's Black Leather Assless Chaps: 'Next Tour!! Less Is More'

Rob Halford has posted a couple of new photos of him wearing black leather assless chaps. Earlier today, the 69-year-old JUDAS PRIEST singer uploaded the shots, which were apparently taken at his house in Phoenix, to his Instagram account, writing in an accompanying caption: "'which way to the stage...
January 1, 2021

K.K. DOWNING: Paperback Edition Of 'Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest' Due In September

The paperback edition of former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing's autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", will be made available on September 1 via Hachette Books. You can now pre-order a copy on Amazon. "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest" was released in Septembe...
May 30, 2020