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  KK DOWNING TO RELEASE JUDAS PRIEST MEMOIR
30th January 2018



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Judas Priest co-founder and former lead guitarist KK Downing is to release a memoir on September 18th via Da Capo Press called 'Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest'.

KK co-wrote the book with Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton, whose previous collaborations include 'Official Truth, 101 Proof' with Rex Brown of Pantera and 'Confessions Of A Heretic' with Behemoth's Adam 'Nergal' Darski.

The 'Heavy Duty...' official book synopsis reads:

"Judas Priest formed in the industrial city of Birmingham, England, in 1968. With its distinctive twin-guitar sound, studs-and-leather image, and international sales of over 50 million records, Judas Priest became the archetypal Heavy Metal band in the 1980s. Iconic tracks like 'Breaking The Law', 'Living After Midnight' and 'You've Got Another Thing Coming' helped the band achieve extraordinary success, but no one from the band has stepped out to tell their or the band's story until now.

"As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the Heavy Metal institution. In 'Heavy Duty', guitarist KK Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden, as well as how Judas Priest found itself at the epicenter of a storm of parental outrage that targeted Heavy Metal in the 80s.

"He also describes his role in cementing the band's trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality.

"Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2010 concert and thought, 'This is the last show.' Whatever the topic, whoever's involved, KK doesn't hold back.

"With the band at the beginning through his retirement in 2010 (and even still as a member of the band's board of directors), KK has seen it all and is now finally at a place in his life where he can also let it all go. Even if you're a lifelong fan, if you think you know the full story of Judas Priest, well, you've got another thing coming."

KK announced his retirement from Priest in April 2011 and was replaced by Richie Faulkner, who was since been credited with rejuvenating the band.

KK said in a previous interview:

"Obviously I'm quite happy for Richie Faulkner to be in the band. But I really wasn't expecting to have someone who had so many familiarities as me, the looks and everything. At a glance, nothing too much has changed for the fans."

Priest's new album, 'Firepower', will be released on March 9th and the band will play both Wacken and Bloodstock festivals this year. The Metal icons are one of the most-requested bands by the Bloodstock's loyal fan base and have been hot favourites to play Catton Park for some years now. They will finally make their Bloodstock debut on Friday night, 10th August 2018.

The band commented when their Bloodstock appearance was announced:

"Judas Priest are thrilled, honoured and primed, ready to unleash Priest-style Metal fury into the headbanging heart and home of Heavy Metal at Bloodstock 2018!"

Gojira were previously announced as Saturday night headliners and Nightwish as Sunday headliners.

Tickets for Bloodstock 2018 at great prices (early bird offers at just £125 for four days of Metal fun) are currently available right here.

Priest join Hellowen, Nightwish, Running Wild, Dimmu Borgir, In Extremo, Arch Enemy, Vince Neil, Children Of Bodom, Dirkschneider, Doro, Sepultura, Amorphis, Epica, Amaranthe, Knorkator, Belphegor, Watain, Firewind, Deserted Fear, Bannkreis at Wacken 2018 with many, many more acts still to be announced.

Tickets and travel packages for Wacken 2018 are on sale now right here.







 


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