On November 3, former Judas Priest members KK Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals) joined bassist David Ellefson (Megadeth) and guitarist AJ Mills (Hostile) to play Priest classics at a show held in the English city of Wolverhampton.
In an interview with Eon Music, legendary former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing talked the band’s nomination for Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2020.
Downing doesn’t have a nice relationship with the band since he left Priest on 2011.
“Yeah, it’s great, because it’s some accolade, really. The Hall of Fame, it’s not easy to get in there.
“Yeah, that’s an interesting one really. I don’t know what the deal is; if a nominated person like me or Les Binks gets in, are we entitled to play? I don’t know how that all works, but I guess we’ll fathom that all out.
“I would imagine for one day that people can sensibly think, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter. Nothing else matters; what matters is that we’ve achieved this.’
“Collectively, we have played our part, and it should be a moment of splendor really, and enjoyment, and something that we can be pretty grateful of. And it doesn’t hurt, you know?
“It’s often said that funerals bring people together – that’s not to say that getting in the Hall of Fame’s a funeral! – but this could maybe have an effect that it just gives us the opportunity to get together and get on the stage and just enjoy the moment, really.”
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