Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has dispelled reports he called “inaccurate,” claiming he left the band in order to concentrate on running his Astbury Hall 18-hole championship golf course in Shropshire, England.
Dude…I want to play golf there. Hey K.K., fly me over for a round of 18 and I’ll review the course for my site. You know you wanna.
K.K. addressed comments made in a recent interview by bassist Ian Hill, who said, “I think Ken had just had enough. He’d got a lot on his plate with his golf course and I think he couldn’t spend the time away. This tour’s going to be, by the time it’s wrapped up, the best part of two years. It’s a long, long time to be away from things and I just think Ken couldn’t handle the time away.”
K.K. said, “The word ‘think’ depicts uncertainty; therefore it lends itself to supposition. I love Ian as a brother and nothing will ever change that, but his take on the situation in this instance is inaccurate, and the people from the press had no license to jump in and take what they thought was a cheap scoop out of what Ian thought the situation was.
“To concentrate on my golf course is not, and was never, the reason for not doing the latest tour with Judas Priest. I have had in place since last September the world’s leading golf-management company known as Troon Golf. Troon manages approximately 200 facilities world-wide.
“The course has been open and running smoothly since last September when it hosted a great charity event for the Lords Taverner’s in aid of underprivileged children. Anyone that has ever known me will testify that I have always been dedicated to Judas Priest and the fans, and nothing has ever stopped me from touring until now.”
K.K. said he stands by his original statement on why he left the band.
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