Former Judas Priest members K.K. Downing, Les Binks, and Tim “Ripper” Owens will be taking the stage for “a full-length set of Priest classics” at K.K.’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, UK on November 3. The show will find the trio joined by David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Thom Hazaert. Ellefson’s “Sleeping Giants” band and Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) will open.
“I am very pleased to have been asked to perform a unique and special concert with Megadeth’s David Ellefson to celebrate the release of his new book, ‘More Life With Deth’. The concert will also bring about the opportunity to play again with some very dear and talented metal legends from the past. The combination of these icons will for sure enable us to deliver up one of the most exciting concerts this year, so much so that it would not be out of place to call this the ultimate ass-kicking ‘MegaPriest’ fest, and is one that is not to be missed.”
“I speak very candidly in my new book ‘More Life with Deth’ about the significance Judas Priest played in my early musical trajectory, specifically the ‘Unleashed In The East’ live album with its picture-perfect image of what heavy metal should look and sound like. To me, that album, along with its powerful cover image, captured the excitement I felt for a new era of music, one that would transition me from my roots in American hard rock over to that of British heavy metal.
Over the years, K.K. and I became fast friends while we toured together with Priest and Megadeth, and I’m beyond thrilled to perform together onstage with him and his former Priest bandmates, as we light up the Steel Mill together for a night of molten metal classics!
Thom and I have been touring all summer across the USA supporting the new book and our ‘Sleeping Giants’ release. Plus Ripper and I have shared stages all around the world in the last decade or so, and now to add Les Binks in the mix, who to my generation was the ultimate metal double-bass drummer, this has become the ultimate ‘metal’ family reunion!”
It’s worth noting that there will also be a pre-show VIP event featuring a “More Life With Deth” book signing and a Q&A session with Ellefson, Downing and Hazaert, moderated by Mark Eglinton.