Three ex-Judas Priest members have started a new band called KK’s Priest.
Judas Priest founding member K.K Downing today announced his new band, featuring Downing on guitar, Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals, who fronted Judas Priest for eight years and recorded two studio albums, ‘Jugulator’ and ‘Demolition’, and Les Binks, who was the drummer on the studio albums ‘Stained Class’ and ‘Killing Machine’.
They are joined by Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) on bass and A.J. Mills (Hostile) on guitar.
With the line-up complete, KK’s Priest is hard at work in the studio creating the band’s debut album which will be released globally by Explorer1 Music Group as a part of the partnership with K.K Downing signed early 2020.
Extensive touring and festival dates are already being planned with KK’s Priest taking to stages around the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Judas Priest and K.K Downing’s career as a founding member.
Downing said the band will deliver everything that fans would expect of him and his ability to deliver up everything that is Priest, including newly written metal tracks.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Last summer Downing made his first public appearance in almost 10 years, performing classic Judas Priest cuts at the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in the UK.
In November, Downing called on Tim “Ripper” Owens and Les Binks for a surprise, one-off performance featuring Hostile’s A.J. Mills on guitar and David Ellefson from Megadeth on bass.
The band performed a set of classic Judas Priest songs as well as deep album cuts that have never been performed live.
With the instant chemistry Downing, Owens and Binks shared on stage, KK’s Priest was born.