Judas Priest co-founder and fronting member of the band, Rob Halford, made a new interview with the YouTube channel of Regis Tadeu’s ‘Inside With Paulo Baron’ this week and shared the backstory of parting ways with the original guitarist of the band, K.K. Downing.
As you might already know, K.K. Downing is one of the founding members of the band and he’s now the former guitarist of Judas Priest. After playing with the band for over 40 years, he officially left the band on 20 April 2011. These days, he stated that he had an ongoing breakdown in working relationships between myself, elements of the band, and management for some time, and he still has some hopes to reunite with his bandmates.
In his latest interview, The Metal God was asked what happened in 2011 and why they wanted to part ways after playing with Downing for 41 years. While Rob did not want to give away much information, he still wishes good luck for him.
Here is what Halford said about Downing:
“Well, I’m not gonna talk too much about this subject because it’s what we call a ‘hop topic.’ But I think K.K. spoke for himself. K.K. wanted to retire and he wanted to do other things. Again, I can only reinforce that we give him our best and give him great wishes and good luck with everything that he’s doing now. And that’s it for me.
I know what it’s like when there are these things that happen in bands – whether it’s Priest, whether it’s Iron Maiden, whether it’s Motley Crue, whether it’s Van Halen, whether it’s KISS.
All bands have gone through these kinds of changes for various reasons. And they’re very deep – emotionally, they’re very deep. So, that’s it. That’s as much as I’m gonna say.”
You can check out the interview below.
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