KK Downing opened up about the problems between him and his former band Judas Priest during his recent interview with Guitar World. He stated that his former bandmates wanted to turn this into a legal battle.
In 2011, it was announced that KK Downing left Judas Priest because of an ‘ongoing breakdown in working relationships between myself, elements of the band and management for some time,’ without giving any specific details about these problems.
Recently, Downing revealed some details about his departure and stated that they had creative differences; their musical quality was decreasing while Glenn Tipton’s alcohol addiction was getting more intense. Later, even though he wanted to reunite with Judas Priest for their farewell tour, his former bandmates closed the doors for a reunion.
The guitarist accused Judas Priest of taking his rights and causing a legal battle between them while adding that he begged them not to approach the matter like that. Downing unveiled that he was supposed to gain money from ‘British Steel’ or ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ and the other original Judas Priest products, but the lawyers didn’t let that happen.
In Downing’s words, he said:
“They didn’t just close the door and shut me out. They tried to deny my contributions to the band. They tried to take all the revenue from me and not give me anything, not pay me anything. I begged them not to go the legal route. I said ‘I’ll come down, sit around the table and discuss it.’ They said no.
They want to take everything away from me that I actually have an entitlement to, really, which is the right to the band name, the right to the imagery, certainly the rights to the T-shirts and things they sell.
With ‘British Steel’ or ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ I was instrumental in creating those images and I was promised a share of what I was a part of, but now they and their lawyers are saying no, I’m not.”
You can check out KK’s Priest’s latest album, ‘Sermons of the Sinner’ below.