Official statement from K.K. Downing on his retirement from Judas Priest

Posted: April 21, 2011 in Metal News & Commentary
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From K.K. Downing’s official website:

Dear Friends,

It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am O.K.

There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time.

Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans.

However I would urge you to please support the Priest as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.

All my love and respect,


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  1. 80smetalman says:

    Judas Priest without KK? I don’t know if it would be the same.

  2. Jimmy says:

    I find myself in shock and feeling sad at this unexpected turn of events but I understand the friction and lack of harmony that can build within a band situation that has lasted many years and can only speculate as to what has transpired to bring this about. I only know that Priest wasn’t Priest when Rob left and nor will it be without you. Gods blessings K.K. Your fans will miss you. {solo album}?

  3. 80smetalman says:

    A KK solo album, that would be interesting

  4. emilio fernandez says:

    whatttttt no kk

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