JUDAS PRIEST’S RICHIE FAULKNER SAYS HE THINKS IT IS “GREAT” THAT ORIGINAL GUITARIST K.K DOWNING “IS PLAYING AGAIN”
Current Judas Priest guitarist, Richie Faulkner, says that he is “glad” to see founding original guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing “back out there” with his new band KK’S Priest.
KK’S Priest is Downing’s collaboration with former singer Tim “Ripper” Owens and ex-Priest drummer Les Binks. The band, which pays homage to Downing’s past, is rounded out by guitarist A.J. Mills (Hostile) and bassist Tony Newton (Voodoo Six). Read more about the band, here.
During an Instagram Live session on Sunday (May 10th). Faulkner said (via blabbermouth.net), “The great thing is Ken is playing again. He’s out there with his band, and that’s where he should be — he should be playing heavy metal guitar. And I’m glad to see he’s back. It’s been too long to not see Ken Downing up on stage with his flying V [guitar]. So I’m glad he’s back out there, without a doubt. Everyone knows that anyway..” Watch Faulkner’s entire interview, here.
Last fall, Faulkner dismissed the criticism he received for supposedly trying to look too much like Downing.
“Obviously, you get the [haters] — the ‘clone’ comments,” he told the Let There Be Talk podcast. “I’ve got long blond hair, playing a flying V [guitar]… [Michael] Schenker, Zakk [Wylde], K.K., Randy Rhoads — all those guys. To say I was a Ken clone was fairly narrow-minded. There’s tons of guys who have flying Vs and long hair.”
“The thing is if I had dyed my hair black to be different, I would have been shot down,” he continued. “You’ve gotta be real; you’ve gotta be who you are. And I grew up on Ken, I grew up on Glenn [Tipton] and the guys that I mentioned. So you’ve just gotta be who you are. And I grew up with those guys, and I’m not ashamed. I wear it on my sleeve — they’re all my influences, and I’m not afraid of that… There’s no point in trying to hide it. But it’s gotta be natural as well. And I think somehow it worked out organically. I didn’t try to copy him. And as it goes on, you always try to do your own thing and make your own statement.”