JP less K.K. Downing does not make for a good final tour for the legendary British metal band. The handcrafted sound of Judas Priest has as much to do with Downing's guitar writing as it does the epic pipes of Rob Halford, and now after the final world tour announcement last year Downing is retiring from the band befor they embark on their last hoorah.
It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph tour.It is difficult to imagine that a guitarist younger than the band itself can possibly fill those shoes, but the parts are written, hopefully he can pull it off. I guess if Shinedown can do Skynard, anything is possible...
The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well.
Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, Rob, Glenn, Ian and Scott unanimously agreed that they should to ahead with the tour and not let the fans down all around the world.
Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement – 31 year old British guitar player Richie Faulkner – he had blended into the and perfectly and is a great talent who is going to help set the stage on fire!
The Epitaph tour will include songs from every Priest studio album and also tracks they have never before performed on stage plus all the old favourites!
With a new album due to be released next year, the Metal Gods are preparing to tour the planet once more – heavy metal at its best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire!! It’s a show not to be missed!