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[Tania2194AD] Saturday, October 27, 2012 1:14:57 AM 
 Happy birthday KK!!!
I wish you all the best.
[hellrider 31038] Thursday, October 27, 2011 7:10:45 PM 

[Nupe The Ripper] Thursday, October 27, 2011 4:20:38 AM 
Happy 60th birthday to K.K.!
[Mercedes_Spain] Friday, August 26, 2011 6:31:03 PM 
I think Richie is doing great, so bad KK is not there anymore but I respect him as much as I think Richie deserves respect from all of us.
[.] Friday, August 26, 2011 1:29:28 PM 
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by NY_Steel from Friday, August 26, 2011 12:54:33 AM)
[.] Friday, August 26, 2011 1:28:53 PM 

Your post is like an oasis in the desert. This is why, as a fan of Priest, I come here: to read the views of other fans like you. 

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Dirk Kuhn from Sunday, August 14, 2011 8:53:28 AM)
[NY_Steel] Friday, August 26, 2011 12:54:33 AM 
I, too, play guitar, and it was Glenn and K.K., among others, that inspired me to start.  I also see the artistic value of Turbo, Point of Entry, etc.
While I feel something is really missing without him, K.K. is doing what he feels is right for him, for the fans, and for the band.  As a man, he needs to look to his own life first.

This man has given us many years of his time.  He could have quit long ago, and still had millions to his name, and never looked back.  But he stuck it out all those years - and if he happens to need to call it off a little sooner than the other guys, then that's just how it goes sometimes,

K.K., I respect you, and I'll miss you - but I support you in your decision.

And Richie is an amazing guitarist, who I hope will be able to fulfill the role for years to come.
[icecreamman] Sunday, August 14, 2011 11:22:52 AM 
I could not agree with you more! 
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Dirk Kuhn from Sunday, August 14, 2011 8:53:28 AM)
[Dirk Kuhn] Sunday, August 14, 2011 8:53:28 AM 

During all the years I am registered on this page i was following the news and discussions but

i did not post here since some years because i don´t understand some comments of so called “Fans”.

Why can´t some people accept the decisions of some band members ?

I also was shocked when I read this message because I also

think that Glenn and K.K. have been an unique guitar duo.

All album arrangements and great solo combinations, the unique and

the distinctively Priest sound are the result of this combination.

You are right when you say that Priest is not the same without K.K.


But: It is Kenneth´s life and it´s Kenneth´s decision to retire, not yours.

        When I am unhappy with any situation, I try to change it.

       Otherwise I can´t look in the mirror, so I respect his decision.


And: Ritchie is not K.K. , but he´s doing a great job.



I was also disappointed, when Rob left the Band, but Ripper was also

doing a great job and kept Priest alive.


There are so many discussions in this board I don’t understand.

About good or bad albums
I am 41 years old and a die-hard Priest fan since I was 12 years old !!!

And why ?

Because I see a development in the music from priest on every new album.

Every album is completely different to the other, but ever distinctive Priest.

I think one reason for this is, that Priest is not releasing a new album every 1 or to years. Mostly there was a long time between 2 Albums, a creative break.


When people say that RAM IT DOWN has been a bad move, or TURBO

has been only a commercial production I start laughing.

I am also a guitar player and maybe I see this from a different angle.

Turbo and Ram it down are great elaborated recordings.

And: Nostradamus was a Priest masterpiece with absolutely perfect arrangements.

        Maybe some people were disappointed, for me as a musician it is great.


In Glenn´s solo albums I see the same.

It is logical that this doesn´t sound as Priest and
i am sure he did´nt do this to make money.
He did it to realize some own ideas and that´s right.

And Rob has realized his own ideas when he started a solo career.


I am very disappointed that this is the last tour because the guys

are over 60 years old, but they still have a lot of power and they
definitely don´t make a fool of themselves on stage.

And I am fully sad, that I am not able to see them on the last tour
because there were only 2 concerts in
Germany, but far away from me.



I wishfully had the hope, to see them one final time in Frankfurt or Offenbach

and maybe to meet the guys backstage one more final time.

In 1997 I had this great honour to meet them for a sort moment to get my

Guitar signed by the band.

My greatest wish ever was to spend one day with them in their studio.

Maybe, I have this chance anytime when I visit London again.


For me, Priest was and still is a constant companion in my life.

So I am also sad about some changes but on the other side I am

more happy that Priest still is alive.


Do you think they are planning a new album because they need the money ?
I think they do it because they still love to make music and to be creative.

So I look forward to the next album(s)

[Steve Forrest] Monday, May 16, 2011 9:43:00 AM 
I've been a little behind on the news lately. Just now, I found out about KK leaving the band. What the hell? What is going on with all these weird decisions by longtime band members to leave their bands? It really pissed me off last year when Mike Portnoy left Dream Theater. DT are in their prime and just keep getting better, and he quits to play with that bullshit band, Avenged Sevenfold.
Now, as Judas Priest is about to do their final tour, KK leaves? Come on! What are you thinking? It's the last tour! You're letting down your fans. I will not go to a Judas Priest concert without KK, or any of the other 4 guys in the band! It wouldn't be the same!
What are JP going to do, hire a KK look-a-like, like Yes did when they replaced Jon Anderson?
[PRIEST_HAMMER] Tuesday, May 03, 2011 7:11:24 PM 
What a unique name too. We have an Erik A.K. from Flotsam & Jetsam, Blitz and DD from Overkill and Judas Priest Has or had K.K. Downing.

[the highway terror] Tuesday, December 28, 2010 6:47:44 PM 
KK has always been one of my favorite guitarists
like everyone in Priest he has a style all his own 
the perfect compliment for Glenn's melodic approach
[icecreamman] Wednesday, January 28, 2009 6:49:23 PM 
The man that inspired me to pick up a guitar. All Hail KK!!!!
[SkyRideR] Wednesday, December 10, 2008 8:12:33 PM 
thu it all, this man deserves kudos for keeping the name: JUDAS PRIEST...
and his guitar style! 
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