Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing appeared in No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn, in which he talked about the conflicts he had with his former band and bandmates.

In 2011, Judas Priest started their so-called farewell tour, ‘Epitaph World Tour,’ but KK Downing, as the co-founder of Judas Priest, left the band just before the beginning of the tour due to conflicts with his former bandmates and also management. Downing was quickly replaced by Richie Faulkner, who accompanied Judas Priest during the entire tour.

It was supposed to be the band’s farewell tour. However, they eventually continued performing together another ten years without inviting Downing back. After that, Downing was quite disappointed, and he commented on the issue on every occasion. However, KK Downing never turned his back to music, and he formed a new band named KK’s Priest, which also includes some of former Judas Priest members.

KK Downing had said that Judas Priest’s lawyers threatened him with legal action because they didn’t want him to use KK’s Priest as his new band’s name. He noted that he is entitled to continue as a Priest because of his longtime contribution to the band’s success. During the interview, KK Downing was asked about his former statements, to which the musician responded similarly. Downing said that he doesn’t intend to portray himself as Judas Priest as his new band is totally different.

He said again that he had a right to keep the Priest name, just like the others have done. The guitarist also explained that back in 2010, they were all thinking about retirement, and it seemed like a consensus, but Downing assumes that their actual aim was to replace him with another guitarist. However, he was eager to continue his career rather than retire, so he left the band without joining the farewell tour.

When asked about his previous statements on legal threats, KK Downing explained that:

“I think their claim was that irrespective of the name, I have to read the email again because it went to my record label, and also went to me, basically stating that I was trying to… What’s the word that they were using? Basically, that I was portraying myself as being them or something, I don’t know, and that was never the case quite, clearly.

KK’s Priest is KK’s Priest, and you can see that when I do things differently, it’s different, the band’s different, the imagery that surrounds it. But basically, I wanted to keep the Priest because I feel I have a license to do that because I’ve always been a Priest, since the late ’60s.

And if those guys, who I’ve never met, can make money and call themself a Priest, then I can do it too. I think I still have an awful lot to offer. The thing is, the misinformation is that ‘Oh, K.K.’s retired from the band, he’s retired to go and look at this golf course.'”

And then he continued by saying:

“Well, the thing is, in 2010, we were all retiring, we were all going to finish the band. I thought I was the only one that was opting out to do the farewell tour, the ‘Epitath’ tour – because that’s what was going to happen.

The idea was to find a fill-in for me, and it was going to happen. We were all writing that we were going to end the band. I didn’t know that they were going to continue for another 10 years, and I don’t think that they did, but I wasn’t ready to finish my career under the terms that were being laid out to me.

I wanted my voice to be heard as loud as anybody else is because that wasn’t happening. I went, ‘Fine, I’m not doing the farewell tour.’ But I’m thinking, ‘Well, if I don’t finish it, it’s not finished for me.’ So, here I am.”

You can watch the full interview below.