LES BINKS SAYS THAT JUDAS PRIEST WILL PERFORM WITH THREE GUITARISTS AND TWO DRUMMERS AT THE ROCK HALL INDUCTION
In a new interview with Finland’s Chaoszine (as per blabbermouth.net), former Judas Priest drummer Les Binks spoke about the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He said ,”The category that they put the band in, it looked like we weren’t actually gonna be performing. Well, all of that has changed now, and it appears that we will be performing.”
This is gonna be one for the books. You’ll have a situation where we have [original guitarist] K.K. [Downing] in the band again, which nobody thought was ever gonna happen,” he continued. “Richie Faulkner [Downing‘s replacement] is gonna be performing as well, although Richie is not actually being inducted, because the way the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame system works, it has to go back, I think, 20 or 25 years or something. Richie doesn’t go back that far [with Priest]… So he’ll be there. That’s two guitarists. And then, of course, you’ve got Glenn [Tipton, longtime guitarist]; and he will be performing as well, apparently. Now, I know he’s got some health issues at the moment, but all being well, that’s the plan.
So, Judas Priest with not two guitarist but three. [Laughs] And two drummers. I’ll be playing with [current drummer] Scott Travis, as well. Scott’s being inducted as well, obviously; he’s been in the band a long time.
We only have an eight-minute slot, which is not very long; it’ll be over in a flash… We’ll have a rehearsal before because we’ve decided the easiest way to approach it, to do it, for an eight-minute slot that we have, is to do a medley of songs. So run one into the other. So that’s what we’ll rehearse, to get that sorted out.”
Binks played drums on Stained Class, Hell Bent For Leather (released as Killing Machine in the United Kingdom) and Unleashed In The East albums.
The band will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month. Priest will receive the Musical Excellence Award at the event. According to the Hall Of Fame, the members that will get inducted include current members Rob Halford (vocals), Ian Hill (bass),Tipton and Travis, along with former members Downing, Binks and late drummer Dave Holland.