K.K. Downing Claims Judas Priest Threatened Him With Legal Action Over KK’s Priest Name

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 [1968]. 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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

KK’s Priest (Ex-Judas Priest, Etc.) Premiere “Sermons Of The Sinner” Video

KK’s Priest (ex-Judas Priest, etc.) have premiered a new video for the title track of their new album “Sermons Of The Sinner.” That effort will be released on August 20. K.K. Downing commented:

“The song and title track “Sermons of the Sinner” epitomizes the whole album in one just song. It is all-encompassing with its tribute to the history of our beloved genre of music, while updating the details for today’s audience. In the song and video we not only extend our humble gratitude to loyal fans of classic rock and metal but also present a subtle warning about the future of the genre. We are very hopeful that the song and album “Sermons of the Sinner” will inspire young and older musicians alike to pick up their instruments and keep alive the rock music that so many of us have become a part of, and that has become such a part of us.”

KK’s Priest (Ex-Judas Priest, Etc.) Premiere “Hellfire Thunderbolt” Video

KK’s Priest, the band featuring K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Tony Newton (Voodoo Six), A.J. Mills (Hostile), and Sean Elg (DeathRiders, Cage), have premiered a new video for their new song “Hellfire Thunderbolt.” This track is from the group’s new album “Sermons Of The Sinner,” which will be released on August 20. Downing commented:

“We are delighted to finally be able to release our first track to the world. It gives a real flavour of the sound and showcases the amazing players I’ve got in this band. We can’t wait for the fans to hear the record.”

“Sermons Of The Sinner” Track Listing:

01. “Incarnation”
02. “Hellfire Thunderbolt”
03. “Sermons Of The Sinner”
04. “Sacerdote Y Diablo”
05. “Raise Your Fists”
06. “Brothers Of The Road”
07. “Metal Through And Through”
08. “Wild And Free”
09. “Hail For The Priest”
10. “Return Of The Sentinel”

In other news, KK’s Priest have also revealed that Les Binks (ex-Judas Priest) will now be playing a smaller role in the band due to a wrist injury. He is still expected to make guest appearances at upcoming shows.

KK’s Priest (Ex-Judas Priest, Etc.) Tease New Song

KK’s Priest, the band featuring K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Les Binks (ex-Judas Priest), Tony Newton (Voodoo Six), and A.J. Mills (Hostile), have shared a teaser for what is believed to be the title track of their new album “Sermons Of The Sinner.” Pre-orders for that effort will launch on May 12.

KK’s Priest (Ex-Judas Priest, Etc.) Mixing New Album

KK’s Priest, the band featuring K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Les Binks (ex-Judas Priest), Tony Newton (Voodoo Six), and A.J. Mills (Hostile), are currently mixing their new album. Owens confirmed the news in the below tweet:

Former Judas Priest Members Join Forces In KK’s Priest

Former Judas Priest members K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), and Les Binks (drums) have launched a new band called KK’s Priest. The group, which also features bassist Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) and guitarist A.J. Mills (Hostile), plan to perform Judas Priest tracks as well as new songs. They are currently working on their debut album, which is expected to be released later this year. Downing commented:

“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.”