During a recent interview with Rock Hard Greece, K.K. Downing discussed his decision to form a band under the moniker KK’s Priest. Notably, the guitarist also claimed that his former Judas Priest bandmates tried to threaten him with legal action over the name.
Downing said the following about KK’s Priest:
“I think a lot of fans will understand that I have been a PRIEST since 1968. I’ve wanted to be a PRIEST since . I’ve traversed the road of the evolution of music as we know it today. We went from blues, when I was young, to progressive blues to rock to hard rock to heavy rock to heavy metal. I’ve been on that journey. So I believe that I have a right to continue as a PRIEST, because some of the guys in PRIEST now, I haven’t met them, and they’re playing my songs, which is fine. But if they have a right to be a PRIEST, then I have a right [to be a PRIEST]. And I can’t start something absolutely new. I can’t sound like a new guitar player. I can’t write like a new guitar player. So everything I do is gonna be reminiscent of the past to the fans. So that’s when I decided that [I was gonna call the band KK’S PRIEST]. And I think it’s gonna be absolutely fine; I really do. And the face of KK’s PRIEST, that will evolve, and that will be on the journey with us. There’s so much yet to come — there’s more videos, more songs coming your way. And there’s more albums to come also.”
He also added:
“Their lawyers sent a letter to my record company making threats of legal action if I went forward with KK’S PRIEST. But for the moment, nothing happened. I think they made the threat but decided not to follow through with the threat. But they made the threat to try to stop me making the band.”
Interestingly, Downing also mentioned that he was approached about forming another project with Rob Halford after he left Judas Priest:
“A couple of weeks after I walked out, Rob and his manager wrote me a letter. They wanted me to form a band with Rob and some other musicians. Jeff Loomis [former NEVERMORE and current ARCH ENEMY guitarist] was one. I can’t remember the names. But I’ve got the e-mail… I just ignored it.”