K.K. Downing Retires From Judas Priest

K.K. Downing

Holy shit! This sucks! But it’s true: Judas Priest is losing original guitarist K.K. Downing to retirement, which means he will not be joining the band on their forthcoming farewell tour.

Fuck that noise. I mean, I guess everyone’s entitled to retire when they want, but I feel bands are like boats: the crew goes down with the ship.

According to a statement, the remaining members of Judas Priest — who are going to all retire soon anyways — respect K.K.‘s decision and naturally all wish him well. Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, the band unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let fans around the world down.

That’s rad. It won’t be the same, but it’s rad. Man, this is actually affecting me. The same way my dad’s retirement did, just in a different way.

In his place on the tour will be 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner. He has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to set the stage on fire, according to a press release.

The Epitaph Tour will include songs from every Judas Priest studio album ever, and also tracks that they have never before performed on stage. Fucking A!

UPDATE: In my haste to get a story up, I mistakenly first published this story with Iron Maiden in the headline, not Judas Priest. I was thinking Priest but I wrote Maiden. I’m sorry. I’m human, I fuck up sometimes. It’s rare, but when it happens, I don’t hide it.

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