KK Downing Chose Golf Over Priest

It can be revealed the real reason guitarist KK Downing retired from Judas Priest.

KK Downing Chose Golf Over Priest
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At last it can be revealed the real reason guitarist KK Downing retired from Judas Priest. It came down to a choice between heavy metal and golf and golf won! In an interview with the Wolverhampton Express And Star, Priest bassist Ian Hill says Downing decided to hang up his guitar so he can concentrate on his golf course business in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Downing's decision to quit the Priest ranks "came as bombshell to all of us", Hill admits. He continues: "I think Ken had just had enough. He'd got a lot on his plate with his golf course and I think he couldn't spend the time away. This tour's going to be, by the time it's wrapped up, the best part of two years." "It's a long, long time to be away from things and I just think Ken couldn't handle the time away." "I'll always be a friend of Ken's and I'm sure he'll always be a friend of mine. Still waters run deep and we've been together as colleagues and friends since we were about five years old. We went through school and everything together." Thanks for the report to ClassicRockMagazine.com.

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    symbolic actor
    Jesus_Dean wrote: Actually, I can respect his decision. If his heart is no longer in his music, then by all means, let someone else take over the guitar and play for the fans who spend a lot of money and go to a lot of trouble to go see their band. Nothin worse than some old fartknocker just going thru the motions to get a paycheck. I just had to smile at the thought of Rob Halford screaming "FOOOOOooooorrrrreeeee!!!
    +100000
    hames jetfield
    Priest_of_Judas wrote: I do feel, for no actual or motivated reason, very bad about working on a nearby golf course this year. Rather would I be playing Blood Red Skies for a headbanging crowd of 25.000 metalheads from one night to another. Eventually however, it's Downing's choice, respect for that. Thank God James Lipton's still in...
    Priest_of_Judas wrote: Thank God James Lipton's still in...
    Priest_of_Judas wrote: Thank God James Lipton's
    Priest_of_Judas wrote: James Lipton's
    wut?
    Megadethfan245
    Random fact! Judas Priest would only play at places that had a golf course nearby so KK could play golf in the morning and do the show at night.
    K33nbl4d3
    ****ing untrue. KK Downing said this. "[Ian's] take on the situation in this instance is inaccurate" and "To concentrate on my golf course is not, and was never the reason for not doing the latest tour with Judas Priest." And he stands by his very, very vague previous statement apparently. Classic Rock Magazine (from which this item was taken) "had no license to jump in and take what they thought was a cheap scoop out of what Ian thought the situation was." So all in all: NO.
    soapalot
    Given the choice, I'd take golf over Judas Priest any day. That no slight on Judas Priest, I just really love golf.
    Rob E
    So if this is true, i'm not going to see the classic guitar duo because of golf? Fuuuuu.
    Priest_of_Judas
    I do feel, for no actual or motivated reason, very bad about working on a nearby golf course this year. Rather would I be playing Blood Red Skies for a headbanging crowd of 25.000 metalheads from one night to another. Eventually however, it's Downing's choice, respect for that. Thank God James Lipton's still in...
    Jesus_Dean
    Actually, I can respect his decision. If his heart is no longer in his music, then by all means, let someone else take over the guitar and play for the fans who spend a lot of money and go to a lot of trouble to go see their band. Nothin worse than some old fartknocker just going thru the motions to get a paycheck. I just had to smile at the thought of Rob Halford screaming "FOOOOOooooorrrrreeeee!!!