It appears that KK Downing (obviously taking a break from playing golf and making perfume) is a bit put out that he wasn’t asked to rejoin Priest when it was announced that Glenn Tipton would be retiring from live work due to the Parkinson’s Disease finally beginning to catch up with him.
He released a statement on his Facebook page that included the following:
I have to state with great sadness also that I am shocked and stunned that I wasn’t approached to step into my original role as guitarist for Judas Priest. Whether I could have stepped back into the band or not, the potential for this situation arising never entered my head when I departed – although I too am officially and legally still a member of Judas Priest.
However, I know now more clearly than ever that I did the right thing by leaving the band when I did – as it seems that my time spent in the band, and my value in terms of crafting its huge legacy, was and is unappreciated by more than one member. I sincerely hope, for the fans’ sake, that the decision not to approach me was not a financial one…
I know Andy Sneap – and he is one of the greatest contributors to rock and metal that you will ever have the privilege to meet. To that end I have no doubt that his contribution to the new Judas Priest album was much more than just as a producer.
OK. Ken. You LEFT the band. You weren’t fired (as you state yourself, you are still legally a member of the band). You announced your retirement, then you left.
Now you’re moaning because they didn’t come crawling back when Glenn’s condition deteriorated? Well, you shouldn’t have left in the first place, then, should you?
Have you kept in touch since you left, Ken? Have you? Have you given ANY indication that you’d be up for making a comeback if you were asked?
By the way, I seem to remember that the majority of the shit that Rob took when he was forced to leave Priest so he could do some solo stuff came from you, Ken. Some people have long memories.
As we say in Yorkshire, “Tha’s made tha bed, now tha c’n lie in it“.
It’s not about you, Ken, old chap. It’s about Glenn, Priest and Andy Sneap.