Glenn Tipton says that “K. k.” Downing he never approached any of the members of JUDAS PRIEST to re-join the band before the release of the world tour “Firepower” .
KK left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of a conflict of bands, poor management, and quality of diminishing returns. In 2018, Downing revealed that he sent two letters of resignation to his bandmates when he decided to leave JUDAS PRIEST . The first was described as “a note of exit elegant, which implies a tranquil retreat from the music”, while the second was “angrier, exposing all of his frustrations with specific holy days”. Downing he said later that he believed the second letter was “a key reason” for which he was not invited to re-join PRIEST after the decision of Tipton retiring from touring.
In a recent edition of Guitar World , Tipton he reflected on the decision of Downing leave PRIEST more than a decade ago, and he said: “we Talked about what would probably be our farewell tour, and then Ken resigned. Nothing could have been worse, because after touching during all those years, you plan your farewell tour to say goodbye in a good way. Suddenly, Ken he resigned, and did not know what to do. It was a nightmare. It was only when we found Richie [ Faulkner ] we realized that we could continue and play on the tour and more”.
Tipton he continued, saying that was amazing some of the accusations of Downing .
“Left the band,” he said Glenn . “We could not convince him to stay. And then accused me of taking my six years free to write two solo albums. Just did the solo albums because we were inactive at that time while Rob [ Halford , voice] was doing their things in a solitary”.
When the interviewer mentioned the statement of Downing that was hurt because he was not asked to which is to reinstate when Tipton he announced his retirement from the tour, Glenn he said , not wanted to re-join. He said that he wanted to leave the band and then leave the music industry. He told us that he was desperate for a new kind of life.
“Just before we had to Richie , Ian [ Hill , bassist PRIEST ] said: ‘If you really want to go back, it will be better than ever now,’ because we were moving. But it did nothing. Do not asked to return. And then, when he came out, he said all sorts of things silly. Tried to be attributed the merit of almost everything: the clothing of the stage, the image, the composition of the songs. Refers to them as his songs.
“You have to be kidding me”, he added Tipton . “Everyone knows who wrote the songs, and that is being kind. But whatever the case, we have always made clear that all the decisions we were taken by the band as a whole, without exception. If someone does not agree with something, it is not used. That is the way we have always worked.”
Downing , 70 , who wrote about his departure from PRIEST in his autobiography, 2018, “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” , said last year that he was not happy with the live performances of the band towards the end because Glenn“It used to take too many beers before and during the concerts at that time. And I don't know what was going on. We had words about it. But musically, we were not as safe as I felt that I wanted to be. I was not very happy with that. It was rock and roll. It is one of those things: it's rock and roll, or you're a band that really wants to secure it all. And that is what I liked musically: to be really solid and locked up with those drums. Or you are Keith Richards, and he has a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other, but you're still playing the guitar, or you're really going deeper”.
In the interview Guitar World , Tipton he dismissed the claims of Downing as “silly”. “All the world knows that that is not true,” he said. “As I said, the fans are not stupid and I have seen over 50 years playing around the world. It may have taken a couple of beers on the stage, but that is all. Never affected the concert or my performance at all, and he knows it.”
Tipton he continued, saying that “I used to put together the main parts [ of Downing ]” in the study. “I did a lot of editing to stand worth your breaks major,” he said.
“I would have never spoken of Ken in that manner,” he continued. “It's just that his accusations have become increasingly dumb, and I deserve to respond. He left the band. We were not able to convince him to stay. And then accused me of taking my six years free to write two solo albums. Just did the solo albums because we were inactive at that time while Rob [ Halford , voice] was doing their things in a solitary”.
Four years ago, Downing he spoke with more detail on why you believe that the interpretation of Glenn during the live concerts of JUDAS PRIEST had deteriorated towards the end of his tenure in the band.
“ Glenn , bless him, obviously. It is not that the people would realize particularly, but there was moments in that is noticed. Yes I say in the book, I think that there were moments in the 80's Glenn I don't know , celebrate him too,” he said KK . “But that is your choice. It's rock and roll, and I am not of those who approve of how what people do, how they do their show. I mean, it's rock and roll: a lot of people are coming out with a bottle of Jack Daniel's in hand, or whatever they do. But there were moments before, many times, and put all of us nervous Glennit was more a kind of feast of rock and roll where were the rest of us... I was nervous about my ability to act. He would play perfectly all the nights, and so was I, this is how I do it. Obviously, later, Glenn [would enjoy their beers, and that's pretty harmless, but, after a point, it starts to affect a little the show.
And I was getting nervous, the other guys were nervous. When Ripper [the singer Tim Owens ] was in the band, I was nervous. It is No different... I mean, if you're in a car with a couple of friends, and the driver is the only one who has been drinking, and is still taking some drinks in the car, do you prefer that not happen? if you have your life in their hands? Well, if someone has the concert in their hands, so it's like, [we did] a little insecure; that is all. And it just was not for me. That was the main thing. And it simply does not helped me to enjoy the shows. If I'm nervous, doesn't help me to enjoy the show. I want to listen to the music with absolute precision, all over the world, encased in those bass drums and snare, and this is how I liked it... All over the worldhe makes mistakes and everyone can be a little careless at times if you are a little tired and not feeling well. But if it is induced, then that is not good, is what I think. It is a little selfish and inconsiderate, and I'll say it now.
But that's not to say that rock and roll is not rock and roll; it is difficult for me. But that , along with many other things that were going on, led me to the limit. If it had come through that storm, probably still would be on the stage now. But who knows? It is what it is. If you fight with your girlfriend, or if she fights with you, if you don't reconcile with fairly quickly, someone could find a different partner, and get used to the couple different, and that's what happened. Then, [it's] sad, really, in a certain way. I was the only guy... I had Never done a solo career, and I never wanted to do it. I never wanted to have my own web site; I never wanted to sell my own merchandise on the back of PRIEST . I was dedicated”.
In “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” , Downing he wrote that he said to Tipton and the co-director of PRIEST , Jayne Andrews that had “hated” both “since 1985”. Last year, he explained his outburst to the magazine Classic Rock : “I was angry. Glenn he had formed a relationship with Jayne from the first day, and it felt a bit like a situation of John and Yoko . I did not like that.
Downing has called you to Faulkner his “clone” and revealed that she “never found” Tipton “to be particularly easy to get along”. From very early on, I was fully aware of the limited conditions in which it operated,” he wrote KK in his book. “If you were to interact with it, what would you do entirely on their terms.”