Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing spoke in an interview with “Unchained” radio show and explained how they created New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.
Here’s the statement:
“It was good, because Judas Priest, we were flying the banner for what we knew and believed in. It was very frustrating, because it was only just getting going — that’s how I felt about it — what we were doing. ‘Cause we hadn’t actually got there yet.
In ’77, ’78, I still felt we were climbing the ladder, trying to get to where we were intending to be. Which proved to be true, because it wasn’t really until ‘British Steel’, because in ’76, ’77, I was wearing leather and studs and that stuff, and then I kind of encouraged Rob [Halford, vocals] on board: ‘Come to London. Have some clothes made.’ Which he did. By the time ‘British Steel’ came around, we were all on board with that look.
So everything was complete. We had a great album, great album cover, and, at last, the look was there — the metal look. And because we rode the storm out — the punk and new wave — we had people that had been influenced by us and other bands that were still around — the Scorpions, UFO and those other bands — [and] we had [the start of] a so-called New Wave [Of British Heavy Metal].”
K.K. Downing’s autobiography “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” was released in September.
Click here to entire interview via Blabbermouth.