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. 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.”

Judas Priest Writing New Music

It looks like Judas Priest have started writing material for their next album. Richie Faulkner confirmed the news on Twitter:

Tim “Ripper” Owens Says He Would Like To Record A Cover Of Queen’s “Under Pressure” With Rob Halford

During a recent appearance on the “Ouch, You’re On My Hair” podcast, ex-Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens said he would like to collaborate with the band’s longstanding frontman Rob Halford. Specifically, Owens said he would “love to” record a cover of Queen’s “Under Pressure” with Halford.

Owens said the following when asked about a possible collaboration:

“We’ve never talked about it, which would be pretty awesome. Rob and I are friends, and it’s great… I would love to do something with Rob, and I’ve always thought about it, and I think the fans would love it. Even if we do a song or two.

Somebody laughed when I said this, but for the last 15 years, I’ve always said, man, I would love to do the song ‘Under Pressure’ with Rob. It would be a great over. And it’s funny, ’cause [that song features] two of my favorite singers, Freddie [Mercury] and especially David Bowie — I absolutely love David Bowie — and for Rob and I to do it, I think it would be an amazing thing.

I think it would be awesome to work with Rob. And I’m still great friends with the Priest camp and great friends with Rob. So it would be pretty awesome.”

[via Blabbermouth]

K.K. Downing (Ex-Judas Priest) Signs Global Deal With Explorer1 Music Group

K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest) has signed a global deal with Explorer1 Music Group. Andy Gould has also joined the company as the guitarist’s manager.

Downing commented:

“I am very much looking forward to my partnership and future with Explorer 1. The reason I chose Explorer1 to manage my future over many other bona fide companies is their extensive roster of so many familiar and qualified experts and veterans of the industry that is surely incomparable. Also, their exciting and innovative business model is something that I truly believe will become the future industry standard, making Explorer1 leaders not followers in the music and entertainment industry.”

Gould added:

“Having been in the hard rock and metal music management business for over four decades, I jumped at the chance to join the Explorer1 team and its innovative artist partnership model. I have been a huge admirer of K.K. Downing’s work throughout his career, from listening to those early groundbreaking albums to watching him every night when Judas Priest had Pantera open for them and with this new partnership I look forward to representing the next chapter in the K.K. Downing legacy.”

Judas Priest, Sabaton, Wage War, Etc. Added To 2020 Rebel Rock Festival

More bands have been added to the 2020 Rebel Rock festival. That event will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, FL on September 18-19 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

September 18: Judas Priest (celebrating 50th anniversary), Trivium, Sabaton, Sevendust, Fuel, Suicide Silence, Light The Torch, Them Evils, Cherry Bombs, and Stark.

September 19: Limp Bizkit (celebrating 20th anniversary of “Chocolate Starfish And The Hotdog Flavored Water”), I Prevail, Wage War, All That Remains, Anti-Flag, Cold, Attila, Diamante, Saul, and Defy The Tyrant.

Watch Guns N’ Roses, ZZ Top, Halestorm, Etc. Members Jam At “Gibson Live At The Grove”

Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Don Felder (ex-Eagles), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), and more took part in a jam session at the “Gibson Live At The Grove” event in Anaheim, CA on January 16. You can see some footage of that below, courtesy of The Music Zoo and VintageRock.com:

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford On The Possibility Of Judas Priest Releasing New Music In 2020: “Probably Not, No”

Rob Halford recently revealed that Judas Priest are planning to write new material in 2020, but that doesn’t mean the band will be releasing new music anytime soon. During an interview with WRIF, the frontman was asked if fans will get to hear new music next year and he responded by saying “probably not, no.”

Halford continued:

“We’re starting work [on new material]. And like I’ve always said, it’ll be ready when it’s ready. But we’re probably moving faster than we ever did, because the clock is ticking. Thank you, ROLLING STONES. When I watch Mick [Jagger] and the boys, man, it makes my heart swell. And [the way] those guys are doing it at that point in their life — man. I said year ago, I wanna be screaming out ‘Painkiller’ when I turn 80; I wanna be on a stage somewhere.”

“It’s a beautiful life in rock and roll, and I never wanna switch it off, man; I wanna keep that electricity buzzing. It’s so important, as a musician, to have that connectivity, and that connectivity is stronger than ever now with our beautiful fans and supporters.”

On another note, Halford also offered a health update on guitarist Glenn Tipton, who is battling Parkinson’s disease:

“Glenn’s doing well. In fact, we stay in touch, and he’s got his guitar on and he’s putting down riffs and ideas for new PRIEST music. He’s a hero. We have a song on ‘Firepower’ called ‘No Surrender’. Glenn’s with us in spirit wherever we play. Andy’s doing a great job in Glenn’s part of the stage.

“Just say hi to Glenn on social media on the PRIEST site. He looks at it. It means the world to him. He loves his fans passionately. And so anything like that thrown in Glenn’s way is a real thrill for him.”

[via Blabbermouth]