K.K. Downing Retires
2011-04-20 by Butkuiss | 35 Comments

The official Judas Priest website, JudasPriest.com, today announced that K.K. Downing, long-time guitarist for the band and one of metal's most revered musicians, has formally retired from the band, and will not join the band on their upcoming Epitaph World Tour.

The full press release can be found at http://judaspriest.com/News/Doc/KK-Downing-Retirement-Announcement.pdf

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Butkuiss
April 20th 2011
4177 Comments


Yay for first news post!

Sad, sad news. I wonder if there are any health issues that prompted it. Interested to see the dude who takes over for him play though.

Puzzles
April 20th 2011
3065 Comments


Damn.

LepreCon
April 20th 2011
4079 Comments


Really bad news but gotta wish him all the best. Perhaps this does herald the end of Priest after all. Definitely a bummer, the band's classic material is nigh on untouchable and KK was instrumental (no pun intended) in such accomplishments.

WhiteNoise
April 20th 2011
3146 Comments


This is really annoying! My favourite member of the band too. Thank fuck I saw them on their last tour though.

Wizard
April 20th 2011
19383 Comments


That sucks, metal just lost a hugely influential guitar player.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011
6084 Comments


Judas Priest have been a ghost of themselves for nearly 20 years now.

That sucks even more compared to Downing's retirement.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2011
20644 Comments


K.K. ad Glenn Tipton were one of the best Heavy Metal guitar duos ever.

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Nagrarok
April 20th 2011
8239 Comments


With this happening perhaps they should have quit, without Downing, Tipton or Halford, Priest really isn't quite Priest. No offence to Ian Hill, who has been rocking the bass since the beginning.

bowlofsoup
April 20th 2011
1073 Comments


This sucks, the guy was great.

Tyrael
April 20th 2011
20874 Comments


Damn, man's a fucking legend.

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Xenorazr
April 20th 2011
429 Comments


I second Nagrarock. Seeing Priest live without Downing (on their Epitaph tour nontheless) just wouldn't feel right. Would've been nice to see him finish the shows with the rest of the band, but at the same time they've given us more than enough to deserve personal time.

bloc
April 20th 2011
34847 Comments


I'm going to write him a letter asking if I can have his Engl.

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Ire
April 20th 2011
41762 Comments


they were so great live when i saw them two years ago


Ovrot
April 20th 2011
10494 Comments


Damn

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011
16137 Comments


K.K. and Glenn Tipton were one of the best Heavy Metal guitar duos ever.[2]

Sucks, but they toured their asses off for years, so I don't blame him for wanting to retire.

asaf
April 20th 2011
885 Comments


Tipton is crying himself to sleep.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011
16137 Comments


But Rush still has to tour North America. :/

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011
16137 Comments


Yeah, I can't miss them again. And dude...!

Styx and Yes coming this summer. Gonna rule.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011
16137 Comments


Yeah, I was skeptical about going when I heard Anderson wasn't going to be in the lineup, but I've heard pretty good things about the guy they're touring with. And the keyboardist they're using is tops. I like Styx enough to sit through their set.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011
16137 Comments


Yeah, I want a Rush and Yes tour, but I don't see it in the cards.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011
16137 Comments


And Camel.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011
16137 Comments


Their last album came out in 2002, and it was actually pretty good. Better than any classic prog band still releasing albums, really.

TheSpirit
April 20th 2011
17803 Comments


whatttttt

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Nagrarok
April 20th 2011
8239 Comments


dude the guys in camel what are they even up to


I believe Andrew Latimer has had some health problems, but that they're working on a new album.

Nagrarok
April 20th 2011
8239 Comments


Speaking of that, when is Clockwork Angels coming out?

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2011
16137 Comments


I would say A Nod and a Wink is better than any album Rush has released since the '80s.

TehInterWebz
April 21st 2011
37 Comments


At least Chad Kroeger is still alive

Orichalcum
April 21st 2011
18 Comments


Don't see why everyon'e all bent out of shape for this, he's such a painfully mediocre guitarist. Everyone knows that Converge has a much better guitarist, I mean KK pales in comparison to Kurt Ballou.


LOL JK
But Kurt's still cool.

KILL
April 21st 2011
71743 Comments


WTF i was rocking to priest so hard actually enjoyign life and i see this bullshit FUCK

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demigod!
April 21st 2011
44348 Comments


yeah its sad bro

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austin888
April 21st 2011
331 Comments


This sucks.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 21st 2011
15737 Comments


some like this guy more than glenn tipton, so i hear

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KILL
April 22nd 2011
71743 Comments


both are METAL GODS

HylianNightmare
April 25th 2011
72 Comments


sucks

SlMBOLlC
June 17th 2013
5181 Comments


The sad wings of destiny indeed



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