|K.K. Downing Retires|
2011-04-20 by Butkuiss | 36 Replies | 3671 Views
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
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.
Digging: Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love And Hate
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.
This is really annoying! My favourite member of the band too. Thank fuck I saw them on their last tour though.
That sucks, metal just lost a hugely influential guitar player.
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Judas Priest have been a ghost of themselves for nearly 20 years now.
That sucks even more compared to Downing's retirement.
K.K. ad Glenn Tipton were one of the best Heavy Metal guitar duos ever.
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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.
This sucks, the guy was great.
Damn, man's a fucking legend.
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.
I'm going to write him a letter asking if I can have his Engl.
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they were so great live when i saw them two years ago
K.K. and Glenn Tipton were one of the best Heavy Metal guitar duos ever.
Sucks, but they toured their asses off for years, so I don't blame him for wanting to retire.
Tipton is crying himself to sleep.
But Rush still has to tour North America. :/
Yeah, I can't miss them again. And dude...!
Styx and Yes coming this summer. Gonna rule.
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.
Yeah, I want a Rush and Yes tour, but I don't see it in the cards.
Their last album came out in 2002, and it was actually pretty good. Better than any classic prog band still releasing albums, really.
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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.
Speaking of that, when is Clockwork Angels coming out?
I would say A Nod and a Wink is better than any album Rush has released since the '80s.
now he has more time to be breaking the law
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At least Chad Kroeger is still alive
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.
But Kurt's still cool.
WTF i was rocking to priest so hard actually enjoyign life and i see this bullshit FUCK
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yeah its sad bro
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some like this guy more than glenn tipton, so i hear
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both are METAL GODS
The sad wings of destiny indeed