Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing has admitted he’s disillusioned that the band’s former vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens will not be among the many members slated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“I have to be honest, I’m disappointed Ripper isn’t there,” Downing admitted throughout an interview with Danny Stoakes, “because he played an incredibly important role in holding, putting the glue on the machinery that held him together.” spinning the wheels of Judas Priest.”
Owens joined Judas Priest in 1996, changing Rob Halford, who left the group in 1992. With Ripper on the mic, the steel giants launched two studio albums: Jugulator (1997) and Demolition (2001). Halford returned in 2003 and has remained the frontman ever since. Still, Downing insisted Owens was worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame ceremony.
“I’m disappointed Ripper isn’t out there, and he should be,” stated the guitarist. “And he’ll have his day, there’s no two ways.”
Downing – who left Judas Priest in 2011 and was changed by Richie Faulkner – fashioned his personal group, KK’s Priest, in 2020, with Owens on vocals. Still, the guitarist admitted he is trying ahead to being recorded alongside his former Priest bandmates, though he isn’t precisely certain what degree of dedication he’ll take.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know how everyone feels,” Downing stated. “Until then [last week], it was just a thought in the background of the memory. But now the hurdle of getting in has been cleared, so we’re on the other side of that now. Obviously it remains doable and possible, but I don’t know. Anything can happen in between. Lets see what happens. But I suppose it’s in every sense a kind of celebration of all that has been achieved over many, many decades. And do we all want to be a part of this celebration for just one night? We’ll see how everyone thinks about it.”
For his half, Halford just lately reconfirmed that Downing could be invited to carry out with Judas Priest.
“Like I said before, you have to push aside everything that’s in your way,” the frontman informed Rolling Stone. “You have to clear the emotional mess and just relate to this great celebration.”
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