K.K. Downing press release - taken from K. K.'s site
It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am O.K.
There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band's management for some time.
Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans.
However I would urge you to please support the Priest as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.
All my love and respect,
Who the fuck wants to see Judas Priest without K.K. ?? I mean he can actually still play, unlike Halford who lost his voice donkeys ago. Anyone else think its a bit off that he/Priest waited until they had all the concerts of their farewell tour booked in the biggest venues around the world and sold a nice chunk of tickets before making this announcement?
Its all ok though Priest fans, the official Priest site informs us that thy have some whizz kid guitaist stepping into K. K.'s shoes... so fuckin what! Jurgen Downing anyone?
I'm a massive Priest fan, but there's no way I'll shell out for this Over the Halford crap when I can go see Junior Priest anytime, or just play Unleashed In The East really loud in my bedroom. RIP Priest.
the soundtrack to my life.