Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING's 'Perfect Weekend'

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing spoke to Express & Star about what constitutes his "perfect" weekend. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Express & Star: Who normally has the pleasure of your company at the weekends?

Downing: Apart from myself, it's usually my mom. I make a fortnightly visit to my mom. My job is a seven-day thing, so I'm usually spending it with the staff. Otherwise, I'm over to see my mom, who lives in West Brom.

Express & Star: What is your favourite night spot and why?

Downing: I guess really apart from the real ale scenario, I'd choose any good restaurant. I like a nice dinner and good company: It's not where you go to, it's who you are with. I have a few favourites from my life on the road. If we were in New York, we'd go to Palm Too. In Chicago or Los Angeles we'd go to Lawry's. In Spain, I'd go for anything that's fresh — fish on the beach is always great. I opened my own restaurant here at Astbury Hall last year. I wanted to create same quality of product and same quality of service that I'd enjoyed. We're here to serve.

Express & Star: It's a sunny Saturday, what are you up to?

Downing: If I can get the opportunity to get out and play golf then I do. It's so beautiful around here. The weather has been so terrible that whenever the sun shines, I try to get out and cash in. I'm playing off a handicap of 12, which is pretty good for winter.

Express & Star: What's your recipe for the perfect night in?

Downing: Basically a hot bath and a cold beer. I'll rustle something up in the kitchen, with whatever's in the fridge. Then I'll put on the TV to watch a bit of footy or golf. I bought a brand new Marshall 100-watt amp for Christmas, it's awesome. I like to turn it up and play loud.

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