During the recent interview with Vintage Rock, former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has shared the untold truth about why Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton left the band in 90’s.
K.K. Downing’s autobiography “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” was released in September. Now, he release the audiobook version.
He said that “I like to think that democracy is always the best policy, and there wasn’t enough of it there” and than revealed the truth about why Rob and Glenn left. Here’s the statement:
“I guess it’s the same with any long-term relationship — whether it’s a husband or wife, or father or son or whatever — you spend enough time together, and idiosyncrasies show up. I guess there was no particular right or wrong — some people have more tolerance than others, and it takes a bloody miracle really to stay together for 40 years.
Someone has to give. And it has to be give-and-take. But inevitably, it becomes a bit of an imbalance, and I like to think that democracy is always the best policy. And there wasn’t enough of it there, I don’t think.
But it kind of happened — Rob [Halford, vocals] and Glenn [Tipton, guitar] went off and did their lengthy solo careers, and that became a bit disruptive. I didn’t even mention that in the book. But Rob actually released two albums and did his own tour in the exact year before I left. And then when they said, ‘K.K., we want you to start writing for a five-track EP,’ I went, ‘Fucking no way in hell! Rob has just released two albums in the last year, and we are only releasing an EP? Something is not right.’
Enough was enough, really, and I bailed out there. And, like I said in the book, I tried to put it as diplomatically as I could. But, in a nutshell, enough was enough, really. And that was it.”
You can read the entire interview from here. If you want to listen his book, check out below.