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Friday, May 4, 2012
Judas Priest: Ian Hill Almost Retired From Judas Priest; New Interview Posted Online
Priest bassist Ian Hill has considered following guitarist K.K. Downing
into retirement – and the band’s last remaining founding member
says he’d give them his blessing if they went on without him.
departure came as a bombshell to fans when it was announced last
April, four months after he’d made his decision. Priest brought in
Richie Faulkner as his replacement and announced their current world
tour would be their last.
Hill confirms there’s more to from from the heavy metal pioneers –
and admits he’ll always miss Downing.
“He was a huge part of the band. He was a huge character. We’re
still friends so when we get time we’ll bump into each other and
see how things are going.
from a musical point of view Richie is handling everything he played,
and he’s adding his own flavours. The fans won’t miss that much
bassist says his ex-bandmate’s decision to retire caused him to
think along similar lines – but like many musicians from his era,
the idea frightened him. “I thought of not doing it, not playing,”
terrifies all of us, I think. Many bands are probably thinking,
‘Well, this is it, this will be the last tour,’ and within a year
or two they start missing it all. I’m sure we’d be the same. If
we said, ‘We are not going to play after this,’ within six months
we’ll already be on the phone.”