K.K. Downing

Last week, it was announced that JUDAS PRIEST are among the nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 induction.

The top vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted May 2, 2020 at a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

In a new interview with Eonmusic, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has said that he is hopeful that he will play with the band at a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony if the group ends up inducted.

He said: “Yeah, that’s an interesting one, really. I don’t know what the deal is — if a nominated person like me or [former PRIEST drummer] Les Binks gets in, are we entitled to play? I don’t know how that all works, but I guess we’ll fathom that all out.

“I would imagine for one day that people can sensibly think, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter,” he continued. “Nothing else matters. What matters is that we’ve achieved this.’ Collectively, we have played our part, and it should be a moment of splendor, really, and enjoyment, and something that we can be pretty grateful of. And it doesn’t hurt, you know?

“It’s often said that funerals bring people together — that’s not to say that getting in the Hall Of Fame‘s a funeral — but this could maybe have an effect that it just gives us the opportunity to get together and get on the stage and just enjoy the moment, really.”

Last year, IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson was asked by a fan if he thinks the band should be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

He responded: “Absolutely… I actually think the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an utter and complete load of bollocks, to be honest with you.

“It’s run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn’t know rock and roll if it hit them in the face. They need to stop taking Prozac and start drinking f**king beer.”