K.K. Downing, ex-lead guitarist of British Heavy-Metal legends Judas Priest, has issued a press statement on his website explaining his departure from the band


As previously reported on the Zero Tolerance website, Downing will not be joining Judas Priest on their last ever tour and has been replaced by Richie Faulkner (known to Londoners for his work with Metal Works.)


“Dear friends,

It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am O.K.

There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time.

Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans. However I would urge you to please support the Priest as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.

All my love and respect,


K.K. Downing”


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