It was announced earlier this week that guitarist K.K. Downing was leaving Judas Priest after 40+ years with the band. Yeah, a lifetime of metal. I still find it insane that any human can actually retire from a long and illustrious career of headbanging. Although I applaud Downing's achievements and contributions to the genre I love oh so much, I gotta say....WHAT A DOUCHE. He's quitting the band right before Judas Priest was set to embark on their final world tour, aptly titled Epitaph.
K.K. has finally issued a statement regarding his abrupt departure from Priest. He cites:
"...an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band's management for some time..."
|Downing/Tipton Twin Guitar Attack is no more =/|
I'm not the biggest Priest fan alive, but I must say they kicked serious ass at Ozzfest 2004. Maybe this is just a ploy to hype another Priest reunion? That seemed to work when Rob Halford rejoined the band after being MIA for most of the 90's. Now it will be a big deal when Downing returns to the fold in, oh lets say 2016? haha. Doubtful, these dudes will be bound to wheelchairs at that point. Who knows though. If this is for real and well, forever, shame on you K.K. Downing for being such a douche. And Tipton shreds all over him anyways!