IAN HILL On K.K. DOWNING’s Possible Return To JUDAS PRIEST: ‘Never Say Never’

Ian Hill and K.K. Downing

JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill hasn’t ruled out the return of PRIEST co-founder K.K. Downing.

When asked in a new interview with Riff Magazine what his thoughts are on the possibility of Downing rejoining PRIESTHill replied: “It’s a difficult call. I mean, Richie [Faulkner] took over from Ken. He’s done an absolutely tremendous job, he really has. And he’s made Ken‘s parts his own now. He’s got his own angle on the lead breaks. Ken‘s part’s been taken, and there’s no plans to have Ken back, really. Hey, listen, never say never. But at the moment, we’re going along quite well without Ken, so it could stay like that, I think, at least for the foreseeable future.”

Hill also confirmed that PRIEST is planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020.

He said: “That’ll come next year; we’re planning on a celebratory tour next year. We weren’t actually known as JUDAS PRIEST in 1969. Ken Downing, myself and a guy called John Ellis formed in ’69, but we weren’t called JUDAS PRIEST, actually, until 1970, so we’ll start celebrating next year.”

K.K. left the PRIEST in April 2011, and has since been replaced Richie Faulkner.