Judas Priest Classical Guitarist To Join Band At Rock & Roll HOF Induction

It’s been 11 years since he last shared the stage with Judas Priest, but KK Downing will once again don leather and shred classic heavy metal at the band’s Rock and Roll Hall induction of Fame.

The news came as Downing was interviewed on Ultimate classic rockwhere he also revealed that Les Binks, who played with the band from 1977 to 1979, will also be performing that night.

“That’s what I’ve done so many times. It’s almost like breaking a beer, not to mention riding a bike. It’s ingrained in me. That’s what I do. So it’s going to be something to look forward to, just get up there and crank up the amps and start again, for that short while.

Judas Priest is set to play a medley of some of his classic hits during his induction on November 5. With so many timeless songs to choose from, your guess is as good as mine as to which songs will be featured.

During his interview, Downing added that he hopes his game can return to the original Priest days.

“It’ll pass in a flash, won’t it?” I think we probably have eight or nine minutes. I won’t even be able to sweat. The main thing is to portray the attitude and hopefully the legend of what Judas Priest is and has become and what it means to everyone who has taken this very long journey through the decades with the band. And I hope it will remind people and bring back precious memories of heavy metal car parks all over the world.

The confirmation comes days after other band members said they weren’t sure how the lineup would fare for the induction, with frontman Rob Halford saying he was “as much in the dark as anyone.” who else”.

Although there were no conversations in person or over the phone, Downing confirmed he had spoken with the group via email. The rift between him and the band originally happened due to an “ongoing breakdown in working relations”. Downing said he hopes their brief time on stage together might mend some barriers.

“Obviously a lot of things happened and everything. But we’re all sort of old people, you know? A lot of water has flowed under the bridges, many miles have been covered, many notes have been played. The thing is, we can all be there, have a few beers together, a glass of wine, and play and have fun. At the end of the day, it really is a distinction, and I think if everyone were honest with themselves, they would all like to have this distinction.

While it’s great that Downing and Binks can perform, it’s kind of weird that Tim “Ripper” Owens isn’t approved, considering he played with the band for two records and several years.

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