Former Judas Priest lead singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens recently looked back on the time the relationship between his former bandmates K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton started to crack.
Judas Priest’s former guitarist, K.K. Downing, left the band on April 20 2011, without clearly stating the reason behind his decision. Seven years after his departure, Downing published his memoir named ‘Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest’ in which he wrote about his ex-band.
The musician decided to write about his personal relationships with former bandmates, especially his turbulent relationship with Glenn Tipton. According to Downing, Tipton controlled the band’s decisions which bothered all the members. When he tried to talk to his bandmate, he basically got nothing out of that conversation.
Following the release of the book, tensions grew between the former bandmates and fans since some people didn’t like the fact that Downing went on to disclose everything about his ex-bandmates. However, his current bandmate Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens doesn’t feel that way, as revealed in a recent interview.
According to the KK’s Priest frontman, K.K. Downing was telling the truth in his book, which is why people criticized him. If you ask Owens, his bandmate would also receive criticism if he didn’t write about his former band since he’s constantly being asked about Judas Priest anyway.
Furthermore, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens also said that the tensions didn’t start before K.K. Downing left the band. He already wasn’t spending much time with the band during the making of their fourteenth studio album, ‘Demolition,’ which was released on July 16, 2001. Owens said that Downing and Tipton were never together during the album’s making, which marked the beginning of the ending of their relationship.
About Downing and Tipton, Owens said:
“Listen, he just told truths in the book. He told truths, and you get crap for it. Unfortunately, that’s what happens. Should he have said all the things? He was hurt. Things happened. It didn’t go right. He talked about it in his book.
If he didn’t tell those things and he made a book that was just about other stuff, people would have said, ‘Why didn’t he talk about the other stuff?’
And then you do the interviews, and people said, ‘K.K. needs to stop bringing these points up.’ And I’m, like, ‘Well, no. He’s being asked about these points. And then he’s answering the questions.’ And then it’s on the front of Blabbermouth that whatever…”
“I saw it during the ‘Demolition.’ We weren’t even together hardly at the time we made ‘Demolition,’ it was never Glenn and Ken together ever. I would go to Ken’s house on the weekends, and we would hang out and have a pint, play some snooker. And it was brewing then. And, obviously, money helps out, so you get Rob Halford back, and you get your millions back, and you’re not playing smaller venues anymore.”
You can watch the interview below.