Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton spoke to Guitar World and broke his silence about the band’s former member KK Downing and his statements, saying he never publicly argued with him.
In 2011, KK Downing announced that he retired from Judas Priest and stated that the main reason behind his departure was the communication problems between him, the other band members, and the management. The band had to recruit a new guitarist immediately as they were about to start their world tour.
In Tilburg, the band began their Epitaph World Tour on June 7, 2011, which ended in London on May 26, 2012, with Richie Faulkner. Then, Tipton revealed that he would stop touring because of his Parkinson’s disease in 2018, so Downing waited for an invitation for the reunion, but he didn’t get it.
Thus, the former guitarist opened up about his relationship with Judas Priest members and stated that Tipton was hard to get along in his memoir entitled ‘Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest.’ Also, he defined himself as the driving force behind the band’s success and popularity.
Finally, Tipton decided to say something about Downing’s statements and highlighted that he never wished to get into a public argument after his departure. He added that he wasn’t the driving force because all members of Judas Priest were equally contributing to the band. According to the guitarist, Downing’s words only meant to upset them.
Tipton shared his ideas, saying:
“You know, I never wanted to get into a public argument after K.K. left. I never said a word, and I stuck to my guns for over ten years, but there comes the point when you read things that have been said that are just crazy. It’s time to say something because he’s saying things that he shouldn’t be saying. They aren’t fair.
He’s insinuated that he was the driving force of the band. It just isn’t true, you know? Judas Priest is made up of five guys working together. They’re not just one person driving the band. He’s said all these things that, I think, are meant to upset us and get us to say something in response, and for a long time, we didn’t. But I’ve got a lot to say, and enough’s enough.”
It seems that the problems between Tipton and his former bandmate won’t be solved until KK Downing stops making controversial statements about the other Judas Priest members and his previous role in the band.