K.K. Downing says “I should have put my foot down” and “played more guitar solos” in Judas Priest

K.K. Downing
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Former Judas Priest electric guitar player K.K. Downing recently took time to reflect upon his Priest playing days, and mused that he wished he had taken the opportunity to play more guitar solos while he was with the band.

Downing, who is gearing up to release his debut album with new group KK’s Priest, also commented on the current Judas Priest lineup, which comprises his replacement Richie Faulkner and Firepower producer Andy Sneap, who joined following Glenn Tipton’s retirement.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.