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)