K.K. DOWNING: ‘I Should Have Played More Solos In JUDAS PRIEST’

K.K. Downing

During a recent interview with Rock Pages, K.K. Downing reflected on his time in JUDAS PRIEST, singing out a regret he has from the four-decade-long tenure.

When asked what is JUDAS PRIEST without having original members on board, Downing responded: “JUDAS PRIEST is different to me because I’m not in it. To me, it’s finished when I wasn’t there. The band is a different band now. It’s successful and that’s great, but I’m sure people will remember the band with traditional members, as it was when we were really on fire, storming across the world.

“I’ve seen Richie [Faulkner, guitar] playing Glenn [Tipton, guitar] solos, the Firepower album, that was hard. I just miss the two-guitar trade-off, and I miss the solos. Obviously, on this album [KK’S PRIEST‘s Sermons of the Sinner], there is an abundance of guitar playing, solos, and stuff. And of course, I get to play more on this album.

“I should have played more solos in PRIEST, or I should have put my foot down and said, ‘Glenn, I need to play more solos because I can.’ Now, I can, which is great. I’ve seen Richie playing both my and Glenn’s solos, I know that Andy [Sneap] was a rhythm player in his own band before, I love them. I know Kevin [Bower] was the lead player in the band [HELL] but he sustained an injury, unfortunately. But I liked that band. I thought they were really cool.”

Sermons Of The Sinner is an incredible collection of future metal classics, sure to be one of the stand-out metal releases of 2021. K.K Downing’s genre-defining guitar style helped establish JUDAS PRIEST‘s iconic sound and helped propelled them to one of the top Heavy Metal bands of all-time, earning numerous  accolades including a GRAMMY® in 2010 for “Best Metal Performance,” a total of five GRAMMY® nominations and multi-platinum and gold releases.