Judas Priest’s former guitarist KK Downing talked about his time with the band as well as explaining why he didn’t get along with Rob Halford during a recent appearance on El Cuartel del Metal.
KK Downing is one of the founding members of Judas Priest, but he wanted to leave the band back in 2011 due to the increasing tensions between the band members. Afterward, he formed his own band, bearing a similar name, KK’s Priest.
In the conversation, KK Downing explained why he didn’t enjoy working with Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford, which might be another reason why he ended up leaving the band and founding his own.
As Downing said, he realized that he loves to work alone because you needed to consider what other people like and what other people think about your actions if you are playing alongside other members. While Downing stressed that he doesn’t really care about other people’s opinions, he also pointed out that this is the reason why he formed his own band so quickly.
The interviewer asked the following question:
“I would like to ask you if this album first of all truly represents what you always wanted to do? Because perhaps in the past Rob or Glenn dictated something you weren’t that on board with. What was this one like after all this year?”
To which KK Downing replied:
“Very correct, really. I didn’t realize because it was many, many years ago when I was just watching the songs on my own, in the late-’60s and early-’70s, as a four-piece band.
But now I have the realization that I did enjoy working on my own, and not with Glenn and Rob because lots of times things can become a compromise, and you have to consider what other people like, and what they don’t like.
This experience for me was just – I didn’t care about it, it was just me, so I just went ahead and did what I wanted to do. And I think that’s why it all came together very, very quickly because I didn’t have to consider other people’s opinions, I just did what I do naturally.”
You can check out the interview below.