KK's Priest

Ex-Judas Priest Members Unite As KK’s Priest


You may be aware that former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing hasn’t exactly had the best relationship with his ex-bandmates in the legendary English outfit. Having retired from the group back in 2011 amid differences with them and their management, he’s launched many a barbed comment towards his past bandmates in the years since.

Given that it doesn’t seem likely that he’d ever be welcomed back to the group, he has decided to go a different route and essentially form his own version of Judas Priest. To that end he has recruited ex-Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens to front it and former Judas Priest drummer Les Binks to take on the percussion duties.

Dubbed KK’s Priest, the trio are rounded out by bassist Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) and guitarist A.J. Mills (Hostile). Work is underway on a debut album which will be released this year via Explorer1 Music Group. Downing commented of his plans for the group:

“Forging ahead with KK’s Priest was not only inevitable, but was essential for me to perform and deliver everything that is expected from me and KK’s Priest. Due to the massive demand and overwhelming support from fans around the world, I feel this is where I belong, and a set combining the true, classic songs and sound of Priest, together with great, newly forged metal tracks, is what fans can expect when KK’s Priest is taking to stages.”