K.K. Downing: 'It's Becoming More Difficult to Take Fact that I'm No Longer Part of Judas Priest'

"Maybe there's plenty of life left in the old dog," the guitar legend adds.

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Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing gave an update on his retirement stance, seemingly sharing a bit more of a nostalgic attitude towards the iconic band.

Chatting with Metal Talk, Downing noted that people enquire all the time on whether he misses the Priest fold. "And my response is the fact that after a 40-year full-on career of going non-stop, then I'm not going to miss it in the first week or month or even a year," he said. "But I guess there will come a time where I will probably think..."

Bringing up a touching fan letter he received from Costa Rica, K.K. continued, "And when that happens, then it does become more and more difficult for me to take the fact that I'm no longer a part of all that. And who knows what the future holds? I mean, I don't know.

"I guess, in the scheme of things, I still consider myself to be relatively young and strong, dare I say that," the guitarist added (via Blabbermouth). "And, as they say, maybe there's plenty of life left in the old dog. Who knows? But it was a long career, and the way that the industry has gone, certainly not for the better, but, obviously, as everyone knows, live performances are still fantastically..."

Noting that he still remains in touch with former bandmates "here and there," K.K. described reentering songwriting mode as a bit of a daunting task. "It would certainly be difficult for me to go back into a 'songwriting and record' mode, I think, because of... I think of how much, when I look back, of how much has been achieved in that amount of time, the task of trying to get bigger and better and more unique becomes more and more of a monumental task," the guitarist concluded.

Downing left the Priest ranks in April 2011 and was since replaced by Richie Faulkner of Lauren Harris' band.

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    But I guess there will come a time where I will probably think..." Probably think what? live performances are still fantastically..." Fantastically what?? I think, because of... Because of what???!! Maybe I should just go watch the interview.
    His fault he made it clear the last time that he didn't retire he quit the band, now it's Faulkner's gig
    Dang I gotta stay more up to date in Jp , did not realize he had retired either that or I had forgotten.