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Ian Hill says there are no plans to invite K.K Downing back to Judas Priest

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Ian Hill says there are no plans to invite K.K Downing back to Judas Priest

Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill revealed during an interview with Riff Magazine that there are no plans to invite former guitarist and co-founder Ken “K.K.” Downing back.


In 2011, when Downing left the group, Richie Faulkner came in his place and according to Hill, he is an important part of Judas Priest. “He’s amazing and turned Ken’s work into leaving him with no bandwidth … I mean, it’s not cool to say it’s never going to happen, but today we don’t see it happening.”

In addition to K.K., Glenn Tipton also left the band after his Parkinson’s disease worsened, but the guitarist still plays with the group when he can. Andy Sneap, longtime producer of Judas Priest, currently replaces him.

See Judas tour dates:
  • Wed, MAY 8 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
  • Thu, MAY 9 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi, MS
  • Sat, MAY 11 Rockingham Dragway Rockingham, NC
  • Sun, MAY 12 The Anthem Washington, DC
  • Tue, MAY 14 The Paramount Huntington, NY
  • Wed, MAY 15 The Paramount Huntington, NY
  • Thu, MAY 16 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
  • Sat, MAY 18 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
  • Sun, MAY 19 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
  • Wed, MAY 22 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
  • Thu, MAY 23 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
  • Sat, MAY 25 Rosemont Theatre Rosemont, IL
  • Tue, MAY 28 ACL Live at The Moody Theater Austin, TX
  • Wed, MAY 29 ACL Live at The Moody Theater Austin, TX
  • Fri, MAY 31 The Bomb Factory Dallas, TX
  • Sat, JUN 1 First Security Amphitheater Little Rock, AR
  • Mon, JUN 3 Stifel Theatre St. Louis, MO
  • Wed, JUN 5 Broadmoor World Arena Colorado Springs, CO
  • Sat, JUN 8 SaskTel Centre Saskatoon, Canada
  • Mon, JUN 10 ENMAX Centre Lethbridge, Canada
  • Tue, JUN 11 Rogers Place Edmonton, Canada
  • Thu, JUN 13 Encana Events Centre Dawson Creek, Canada
  • Fri, JUN 14 CN Centre Prince George, Canada
  • Sun, JUN 16 Prospera Place Kelowna, Canada
  • Mon, JUN 17 Abbotsford Centre Abbotsford, Canada
  • Wed, JUN 19 Northern Quest Resort and Casino Airway Heights, WA
  • Fri, JUN 21 Accesso Showare Center Kent, WA
  • Sat, JUN 22 Moda Theatre of the Clouds Portland, OR
  • Mon, JUN 24 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
  • Tue, JUN 25 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
  • Thu, JUN 27 Microsoft Theater Los Angeles, CA
  • Fri, JUN 28 Citizens Business Bank Arena Ontario, CA
  • Sat, JUN 29 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, NV
  • Jan 31, 2020 MOTORPOINT ARENA Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 2, 2020 ARENA Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 5, 2020 MANCHESTER ARENA Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Feb 7, 2020 UTILITA ARENA Newcastle, United Kingdom
  • Feb 10, 2020 O2 ARENA London, United Kingdom
  • Feb 12, 2020 SSE HYDRO Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Feb 14, 2020 RESORTS WORLD ARENA Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 17, 2020 WESTFALENHALLE Dortmund, Gemany
  • Feb 20, 2020 HARTWELL ARENA Helsinki, Finland
  • Feb 22, 2020 FRIENDS ARENA Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 24, 2020 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA Berlin, Germany
  • Feb 26, 2020 STADHALLE Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 29, 2020 O2 ARENA Prague, Czech Republic
  • Mar 3, 2020 BARCLAYCARD ARENA Hamburg, Germany
  • Mar 5, 2020 OLYMPIAHALLE Munich, Germany
  • Mar 7, 2020 SAP ARENA Mannheim, Germany
  • Mar 10, 2020 UNPOL ARENA Bologna, Italy
  • Mar 13, 2020 WIZNIK ARENA Madrid, Spain
  • Mar 16, 2020 HALLENSTADION Zurich, Switzerland

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