Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing recently appeared as a guest on Rock of Nations with Dave Kinchen and talked about his former bandmates’ decision to tour with a four-piece lineup. For Downing, it was offensive to leave Andy Sneap out of the tour.

As you know, KK Downing left Judas Priest in 2011 due to management issues and differences with the rest of the band. After his departure, the band hired Richie Faulkner as one of the lead guitarists of the band. Later on, the other lead guitarist, Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which hindered his touring with the band. Andy Sneap joined Judas Priest as a touring guitarist to replace Tipton.

Judas Priest announced earlier this month that they would continue their ’50 Heavy Metal Years’ tour without Andy Sneap, who would focus on production work. It was the first time in 48 years that the band would tour as a four-piece band. However, they reconsidered their decision after the fans’ reactions and Sneap’s statements. They announced that Sneap will remain a member of the band’s touring party.

During the conversation, KK Downing reflected on his former bandmates’ decision to leave Sneap out of the tour and stated that it was insulting to him, even if they briefly thought about it. Downing stated that he was also confused like everybody else when he first learned about their decision. He considers that it was insulting both for Glenn Tipton and Sneap because it was like ignoring what you have done for the band so far. Downing still added that maybe there were other things behind their decision that he doesn’t know about.

KK Downing speaking on the band’s earlier decision:

“I’m like everybody else, I’m totally bemused. It was just so extreme and insulting in a way, I guess, and insulting to Glenn as well. It was kind of a slap in the face, saying, ‘Okay, you two guys did it, but we think just one guy can do it.’ It kind of made us and everything that we’ve done and created seem superfluous, really… I’m sure Glenn will agree with me that it does have value. There must be something behind the scenes that we don’t know.”

You can watch the entire conversation below.