Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Says 'British Steel' Album Changed Bandmembers' Lives

Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Says 'British Steel' Album Changed Bandmembers' Lives

In a brand new interview with the 93.3 KZOZ radio station, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ken "K.K. Downing was asked which of the band's albums is his favorite and why. "Oh, that's such a tough question, because they're all my babies; how can I do that to my babies?" he responded (hear audio below). "But, actually, I think that the 'British Steel' album was pretty special. It really was the album that really consolidated PRIEST, I think. We had the name, JUDAS PRIEST, we had all of these heavy songs, we had the album cover with the razor blade, and, for the first time, we had a great uniform look with the leather and studs comprehensively throughout the band. I think it was a hallmark album that really changed not just our career, but our lives in general, really. But making the album, it was done very quickly, it was enjoyable, it was fun, it was good, and, obviously, the album, the finished product, is something that's very close to our hearts."

K.K., who is a founding member of the British heavy metal legends and was part of the group since 1969, announced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011. He has since been replaced by Richie Faulkner, who was once the guitarist in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris.

Downing's autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", was released on September 18 via Da Capo Press. The book was co-written by the Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton, whose previous collaborations include "Official Truth, 101 Proof" with Rex Brown of PANTERA and "Confessions Of A Heretic" with BEHEMOTH's Adam "Nergal" Darski.

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