A new video message from former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing can be seen below.
In April 2011, Downing revealed that he would be leaving JUDAS PRIEST prior to the band’s “Epitaph” world tour. In October, Downing spoke to Valley Radio Online about what happened, although he declined to go into specifics.
“It was a set of circumstances that led me to not go out [on tour with PRIEST] this year,” Downing said. “I was kind of geared up for it, but there was a multitude of reasons. It pretty much came down to an unsettlement on my part with working relationships.
“It’s like anything else. If anybody out there is thinking it’s hard to live with one woman, they should try to live with four guys and hold it together. [Laughs]”
Downing‘s place in the band was filled by new guitarist Richie Faulkner.
“It was a massive consideration,” Downing said. “Obviously, the fans, who I love, and many of them have become very good friends. But I just hoped that they would appreciate that I couldn’t continue with the way that I felt inside for reasons which I’ll… I mean, certain reasons I will never, ever disclose.”