Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Retires

Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has retired from the band, and therefore won’t be joining Priest on their upcoming Epitaph tour.

Judas Priest issued the following statement:

“The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well. Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, Rob, Glenn, Ian and Scott unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let the fans down all around the world.”

31-year-old British guitarist Richie Faulkner will be taking the place of Downing on the band’s upcoming trek. The band spoke highly of Faulkner, stating, “He has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to set the stage on fire.”

Priest’s Epitaph tour will include cuts from every studio album, old favorites, and tracks that the legendary metallers have never attempted live.