On Sunday, December 7, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing was interviewed by Paul Anthony of Planet Rock backstage at Planet Rockstock at Park Dean Holiday Park, Porthcawl, Wales, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On how he came up with the idea for Metal For Men and Metal Pour Femme, the new exciting fragrances he developed alongside The Astbury Fragrance Co.:
Downing: “I think I just woke up one morning and thought of the word ‘metal’ and I thought ‘metal for men’ and I thought, straight away, I thought, ‘What could that relate to?’ And I don’t know why I thought about it, but I thought there’s nothing out there on the market that’s associated with rock and metal fans in respect to fragrances and stuff. And I guess that, combined with my mum asking me continually what I want for Christmas and stuff, and it just came about. And it just so happens I had a friend who had associations with fragrances before, and it came about very, very quickly.”
On whether we have seen the last of K.K. as a guitarist and as a performer:
“Well, it’s funny. Obviously when I’m at home, it’s one thing. But when I come to places like this [Planet Rockstock], and I was watching the bands [peforming] last night, the fingers do start twitching and stuff. But, yeah, it was a long career. I obviously did a lot with PRIEST and it was great, and I’m glad to see the guys are still out there doing it. But, for me, I just wanted to take a… after 40 years, just take a deep breath and reacquaint myself with my family and stuff like that for a bit. But we’ll have to see what happens. Who knows? You might see me… whether it’s with PRIEST… I don’t know. But anyway, I’m always doing stuff in the music thing. I don’t want people to think that I’m just disassociating myself [from music], ’cause I’m not. I’m helping some new bands, and I’m always doing stuff on my web site and stuff, and I’m happy to do that. Something will come along, I think. I’ve had a couple of propositions for next year. We’ll see what happens. I’m looking forward to the future. That’s all I can say.”
The Astbury Fragrance Co. has made available a number of special-edition versions of both Metal For Men and Metal Pour Femme which are personally signed by K.K.
Downing says: “These fragrances both look and smell fantastic and I think that they are the ideal gift for all rock and metal fans this Christmas!”
“Metal” fragrances are now available to pre-order as limited editions, are all individually signed by K.K. and are available from the Planet Rock shop as a 100ml Eau de Toilette for men and a 50ml Eau de Parfum for women, with the gift set for men also containing the Eau de Toilette and a luxury shower gel.