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Friday, May 4, 2012

Judas Priest: Ian Hill Almost Retired From Judas Priest; New Interview Posted Online

Judas 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.

Downing’s 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.
But Hill confirms there’s more to from from the heavy metal pioneers – and admits he’ll always miss Downing.
He tells Metal Rules: “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.
“But 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 musically.”
The 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,” he reports.
“It 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.”

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