Bye-Bye K.K.

By: shane.mehling Posted in: videos On: Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Anyone want to add a circle and line over my man K.K. Downing because he has left Judas Priest before their fake farewell tour.

One of the band’s founding members has decided to hang up his flying V after 40 goddamn years, citing internal problems with “elements of the band” and management. I’m not sure what these could be but I’d hazard to say it might have something to do with Halford saying like two months ago they were quitting and then turning around and talking about writing a new album and how of course they’re not quitting. Okay, maybe that’s just something that pisses me off. But obviously Downing felt strongly enough that he couldn’t even do one more tour with the band he founded 40 fucking years ago.

Any theories, ladies and gentlemen? What could infuriate the 59-year old so bad he had to jump ship?

Think about it while you munch on these sweet Priest videos:

Oh, and they got some new guy who played guitar for the daughter of Steve Harris. Don’t care.

  • Chris Jozefowicz

    A world tour sounds like hard work and he’s 59 years old. We need more reason than that? I would have taken my money and sat back years earlier.

  • Info

    In all seriousness I think he has like a pro golf course as the front lawn of his mansion now open for business so maybe that’s the direction of his life right now & what gives him joy for his golden years so good for him..

    Something obviously was grating enough to not make him not want to finish this farewell tour I am sure the playing, performance & creative side of it will be something he will miss but all the other stuff that goes along with being in a major band & touring after 40 years probably doesn’t quite the same appeal at 60 as it does when you are 20. KK has been there, done that & conquered the metal world.

    One of the classic metal guitar duo partnerships of all time is no more.

  • Steverazorberry

    I hope the split wasn’t acrimonious. This is a sad day for me personally. Judas Priest is my favorite band of all time. I was fortunate to see them at least a dozen times. Good luck to you, K.K.