Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing talked about his departure from the band during a recent appearance on Chaoszine.
KK Downing joined Judas Priest back in 1970 and he had been playing with the band for over forty years. However, he decided to leave back in April 2011 due to the increasing tensions between the band members.
Following his departure from Judas Priest, KK Downing didn’t join any band until February 2020, which is the date that he founded KK’s Priest featuring Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens as well as A.J. Mills.
In the conversation, the interviewer asked when he got the spark of founding a new band after all these years. As an answer, KK Downing stated that he didn’t lose the spark at all because he actually never had the intention to leave Judas Priest.
Furthermore, KK Downing pointed out why he didn’t want to do a farewell tour just like Mötley Crüe and KISS. According to KK Downing, he didn’t feel like he would enjoy the tour because he felt really angry at the time.
KK Downing explained the situation as follows:
“I think that the spark never left me because I had no intentions of leaving Judas Priest or doing anything, I was fully intending to do the farewell tour.
But certain things happened that were an accumulation, and it just got to be a bit ridiculous, and I just felt uncomfortable about doing that farewell tour because I didn’t think I was going to be enjoying it.
And I didn’t want to end my career doing a tour that I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy. So I said, ‘I’m not doing it.’ I thought the time had come for me to step down but I was really angry, and my head was in a bad place.
And I essentially walked out even though I tried to do it very amicably and friendly. So I put a letter together that was full of entries, but it’s a complicated situation.”
You can check out the full interview below.