JUDAS PRIEST - K. K. Downing Retires! Replacement Announced

April 20, 2011, 3 years ago

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British metal gods JUDAS PRIEST have announced that original guitarist K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph Tour. The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well. Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, singer Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let fans around the world down.
Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement - 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner (pictured below; DIRTY DEEDS, VOODOO SIX, LAUREN HARRIS) - he has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to set the stage on fire, according to a press release.
The Epitaph Tour will include songs from every Priest studio album and also tracks that they have never before performed on stage plus all the old favourites. With a new album due to be released next year, the 'metal gods' are preparing to tour the planet once more. Heavy metal at it's best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire! It's a show not too be missed!
Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates: June 7 - Eindhaar - Tilburg, Holland 9 - Sweden Rock - Solvesborg, Sweden 11 - Sauna Festival - Tampere, Finland 14 - Spektrum - Oslo, Norway 15 - Edward Greig Plass - Bergen, Norway 17 - Copenhell Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark 19 - Hellfest - Nantes, France 20 - Le Zenith - Paris, France 22 - Gods of Metal Festival - Milan, Italy 23 - Sonisphere Festival - Switzerland 25 - Graspop Festival - Dessel, Belgium 27 - Zenith - Munich, Germany 28 - O2 Arena - Prague, Czech Republic 29 - Stadthalle - Vienna, Austria July 1 - Belgrade Arena - Belgrade, Serbia 3 - Romexpo - Bucharest, Romania 5 - Water Park, P Faliro - Athens, Greece 8 - Akademik Stadium - Sofia, Bulgaria 10 - Kazlicesme Festival Site - Istanbul, Turkey July 6 - Kautatzogleio Stadium - Thessaloniki, Greece 15 - Newport Centre - Newport, UK 16 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK 17 - The Dome - Doncaster, UK 19 - SECC - Glasgow, Scotland 20 - Metro Arena - Newcastle, UK 21 - Civic Hall - Wolverhampton, UK 23 - High Voltage Festival - London, UK 24 - BIC - Bournemouth, UK July 27 - Atlantico Pavillion - Lisbon, Portugal 29 - Coliseum - La Coruna, Spain 30 - La Cubierta - Madrid, Spain 31 - Bec - Bilbao, Spain August 2 - Badalona - Barcelona, Spain 5 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany 7 - Colmar Wine Festival - Colmar, France 9 - O2 World - Berlin, Germany 10 - Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek - Katowice, Poland 11 - Sziget Festival - Budapest, Hungary September 10 - Portuguesa Stadium - Sao Paulo, Brazil 11 - Citibank Hall - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 13 - Chevrolet Hall - Belo Horizonte, Brazil 15 - Nilson Nelson - Brasilia, Brazil 30 - Mexico City Sports Palace - Mexico City, Mexico October 1 - Telmex Theater - Quadalajara, Mexico 3 - Banamex Theater - Monterrey, Mexico

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