Metal Gods Judas Priest have announced their farewell tour. With guitarist and founding member K.K Downing retiring recently, Priest fans are very disappointed. Frontman Rob Halford however, assures that the show will go on.
The British heavy metal band Judas Priest, one of the first to define the genre, have been in existence for close to forty years now. The 59-year-old lead vocalist, Rob Halford said in a recent press conference that though they love that moment on stage, it’s difficult to be away from home with all the travelling involved. K.K Downing also recently quit and retired due to some differences with the band members and the management. This has led to the band announcing that they will be embarking on their farewell tour ‘Epitaph’ soon.
Richie Faulkner, the guitarist of Dirty Deeds and Lauren Harris, is replacing Downing. Halford told French Magazine Rock hard, “K.K can never be replaced; he’s unique and we didn’t want any kind of K.K copycat. Richie Faulkner came to Glenn’s (Tipton) house to jam and Glenn simply told me he was absolutely brilliant.” Priest without Downing is still a huge letdown.
Though this could possibly be the last chance to catch Judas Priest live, the band has said they will consider other tours with a small string of dates in the future. They have no plans to stop making music though and have an album slated for release next year.
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