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 - Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years Of Music - Red Vinyl - Sealed - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £29.99, $37.19, €34.19 (New Item) (arrived 22-Jan-2023 09:55)on January 29, 2023 at 11:47 am
JUDAS PRIEST Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years Of Music (2021 UK/EU limited edition 16-track double album 2-LP pressed on 180-gram Red Vinyl, a brand new collection of tracks including remastered studio recordings and 7 previously unreleased live cuts from the band’s archive. Restored and mixed by Tom Allom at La Cucina W8 and mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios. Gatefold picture sleeve with hype sticker, factory sealed)
- Judas Priest - The Sharpest Cuts - In 6" X 7.5" Pack - US - CD album - Promo - £39.99, $49.59, €45.59 (New Item) (arrived 13-Jan-2023 10:00)on January 29, 2023 at 11:47 am
JUDAS PRIEST The Sharpest Cuts (Rare 1990 US 9-track promotional only compilation CD produced to promote the release of the 'Painkiller' album, includes Painkiller, Exciter, Hell Bent For Leather, Breaking The Law and other classic's, comes complete with the custom 6" x 8" card presenter with track by track details on the back including black & white images of album artwork for each track CSK2133)
- Judas Priest - Ram It Down - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.60, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 12-Jan-2023 13:15)on January 29, 2023 at 11:47 am
JUDAS PRIEST Ram It Down (1988 UK 10-track LP, the eleventh studio album from the British heavy metal group, the last to feature long time drummer Dave Holland. Includes the single Johnny B. Goode recorded for the soundtrack of the same name,glossy picture sleeve with lyric printed inner whih has a small split to the bottom. The sleeve displays some light general wear whilst the vinyl looks barely played)
- Judas Priest - Painkiller - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £75.00, $93.00, €85.50 (New Item) (arrived 12-Jan-2023 13:12)on January 29, 2023 at 11:47 am
JUDAS PRIEST Painkiller (Rare 1990 UK 10-track LP, the twelfth studio album by the British heavy metal band & last to feature lead singer Rob Halford until his return for the 2005, including the singles Painkiller, A Touch of Evil and Night Crawler. Housed in a glossy picture sleeve with lyric inner. The sleeve has some light edgewear, but the vinyl appears near as new - a great play copy)
- Judas Priest - Evening Star - Clear Vinyl - UK - 12" vinyl - £25.00, $31.00, €28.50 (New Item) (arrived 31-Dec-2022 13:11)on January 29, 2023 at 11:47 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)