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Friday, April 22, 2011

Judas Priest: Rob Halford And Scott Travis On K.K.´s Retirement

When asked about the remaining Judas Priest members' decision to go ahead with their previously announced tour plans with a replacement guitarist - 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner - drummer Scott Travis said: "It's never an easy decision to replace any longtime bandmember, but Priest is almost like its own machine, and the fans want Priest to continue, we want it to continue, and we have to go on. K.K.… I can't speak for him, but we have to go on; that's all." (video below)

K.K. Downing released a statement earlier today blaming his departure from Judas Priest on "an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band's management for some time." He added that he "decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to . . . our cherished fans." 

"K.K. leaving was his own decision, for the reasons he made public on his web site (earlier today)," Rob Halford said.

"We had a fantastic time together on the 'Nostradamus' tour... But K.K.has his own life to live and we can't force him to do anything he doesn't want to do.

"He told us (of his decision to leave Judas Priest) before Christmas time. Personally, I thought this could be the end... Emotionally, for me, it's been very, very difficult…

"When K.K. said he was thinking of retiring, Glenn Tipton was the first guy to send him a personal email to say, 'Ken, I hope you're OK. If there's anything you need, just let me know.' We kept the door open all this time in case Ken changed his mind, but the clock was ticking."

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