Glenn Tipton fires back at K.K. Downing: “His accusations have gotten sillier and sillier – and I deserve to respond”

[L-R] K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest
(Image credit: Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)

Following K.K. Downing's departure from Judas Priest in 2011, his relationship with the band has been tumultuous, to say the least – particularly in recent years.

When the guitarist quit prior to the band's Epitaph World Tour of 2011 and 2012 – which at the time was planned as their farewell tour – he cited an “ongoing breakdown in working relationships between myself, elements of the band and management for some time”, giving away little in the way of further details at his time of departure.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.