Former Judas Priest guitarist and founding member, K.K. Downing, has formed a new band called KK’s Priest.
The brainchild of K.K. Downing himself, KK’s Priest also features two other former Judas Priest members – Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals and Les Binks on drums.
Tim “Ripper” Owens replaced Rob Halford as Judas Priest vocalist in 1996 and lent his vocals to two studio albums, Jugulator (1997) and ‘Demolition’ (2001), before Halford returned to the group in 2003.
Drummer Les Binks had a three-year tenure with Judas Priest in the late seventies and appeared on the studio albums ‘Stained Class’ (1978) and ‘Killing Machine’ (1978), and the live album ‘Unleashed in the East’ (1979).
Completing the KK’s Priest line-up are Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) on bass, and A.J. Mills (Hostile) on guitar.
The heavy metal quintet are currently locked up in the studio working hard on their debut album, which will be released worldwide by Explorer1 Music Group as a part of a partnership deal that K.K Downing penned earlier this year.
KK’s Priest will embark on an extensive tour around the globe taking in festivals and headline shows to celebrate Judas Priest’s 50th anniversary. In a similar vein to Dio offshoots Last In Line, KK’s Priest will perform a mixture of original material and Judas Priest classics.
Enthusing about his new project, K.K. Downing said: “Forging ahead with KK’s Priest was not only inevitable, but was essential for me to perform and deliver everything that is expected from me and KK’s Priest.
“Due to the massive demand and overwhelming support from fans around the world, I feel this is where I belong, and a set combining the true, classic songs and sound of Priest, together with great, newly forged metal tracks, is what fans can expect when KK’s Priest takes to stages around the world.”
K.K. Downing performed live for the first time in a decade at Bloodstock Open Air in August 2019, when he joined Ross The Boss on stage for a series of Judas Priest classics.
Three months later he played a very special show at KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton with Megadeth’s David Ellefson, and Les Binks and Tim “Ripper” Owens. Such was the rapturous reaction to that gig, KK’s Priest was born.
Watch their cover of ‘The Green Manalishi’ from that gig here:
After 42 years with the band, K.K. Downing quit Judas Priest in April 2011 citing “an on-going breakdown in working relationships between myself, elements of the band and management.”
In February 2018 he released a statement on Facebook saying he was “shocked and stunned” that he wasn’t invited to rejoin Judas Priest when Glenn Tipton announced his retirement from touring due to the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
This prompted a backlash from Rob Halford, who called the comments “completely superfluous.”
Promoting his autobiography ‘Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest’ last year, Downing slammed his former Judas Priest band mates numerous times in interviews.
He told Issue 10 of Planet Rock Magazine: “The whole thing is unfortunate, because whatever I say sounds like sour grapes… But I’m afraid it’s got to be said.”
In April 2018, Downing recently put his name to the Wolverhampton music venue KK’s Steel Mill and later that summer he sold his share of royalty rights to 136 Judas Priest songs.
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JUDAS PRIEST Evening Star (1979 UK limited edition 3-track 12" single pressed on Clear Vinyl, which also includes Beyond The Realms Of Death recorded live & The Green Manalishi, back picture insert. The insert has some minor general wear and a small amount or writting, whist the vinyl shows only light signs of play)
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JUDAS PRIEST Killing Machine (1980s UK issue 10-track LP, the fifth studio album by British heavy metal band originally released in 1978, this was titled 'Hell Bent For Leather' upon its US release; picture sleeve. Both sleeve and vinyl are in excellent condition)
- Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution World Tour - UK - t-shirt - £75.00, $93.75, €88.50 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2022 17:18)on May 18, 2022 at 6:47 am
JUDAS PRIEST Angel Of Retribution World Tour (2005 UK Extra Large sized heavy 'Fruit Of The Loom'black cotton t-shirt, official merchandise available during the tour, featuring the iconic band logo and'metalic angel' standing in flames on the front and the back is printed with European country listing . This t-shirt shows little sign of ever being worn,with the front & back print still present with no rips, tears of holes. A fantastic item .
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JUDAS PRIEST Epitaph World Tour (2012 UK Extra Large sized heavy'Fruit Of The Loom' black cotton t-shirt, official merchandise available during the tour, featuring the iconic band logo with 'Skull figure' standing in flames on the front and the back is printed with list of world countrys for the tour. This t-shirt shows little sign of ever being worn,with the front & back print still present with no rips, tears or holes. A fantastic tour momentum .
- Judas Priest - Evening Star - Clear Vinyl - UK - 12" vinyl - £25.00, $31.25, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 26-Apr-2022 08:39)on May 18, 2022 at 6:47 am
JUDAS PRIEST Evening Star (1979 UK limited edition 3-track 12" single pressed on Clear Vinyl, which also includes Beyond The Realms Of Death recorded live & The Green Manalishi, back picture insert. The insert has some minor corner wear& the vinyl shows few signs of play)