[HOT ROCKIN' METAL GODDESS] Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:30:49 PM
I said it back then after the HALFORD show on December 7th and I'll say it again, Rob was VERY VERY upset. It was obvious to me because I know how he performs, but the rest of the crowd had no idea. Then to top it all off, ROB was the one blamed by many for the farewell tour announcement. I knew it wasn't Rob or Glenn all along. Rob couldn't say anything to defend himself at that point or give us any info, I see that now. They said what they could and left it up to KK to decide when to make the announcement and in hopes that he would change his mind. I knew I was right when I said the "more they had to say" was this big bomb and not that they were writing a new album. Obviously from Scott's interview, KKs heart isn't in it anymore. In Rob's interviews back in December, he kept saying that your heart has to be in it.
My two boys were so upset too Spa, because we are taking them to the show too and they wanted to see KK Downing and Glenn Tipton play like no other twin axe attack can or ever will......
Rob sucked it up for years even though he wanted to leave. He even stayed in a different hotel from the rest of the band during the Painkiller tour. Seems like KK could do the same. But if your heart isn't in it, well, we the fans will see that and it will drag us down as well. I respect his decision. I just hope he doesn't regret it like Rob eventually did. Rob at least had a band to come back to. I fear that Priest will be no more if KK ever looks back and feels he made a mistake.
I'm sure most of us were greatful for the news. I can now see why HRMG said when Rob annouced the final JP tour on his Halford tour that he was truly down about it. He already knew what we found out yesterday. How could he not be anything else but sad to loose KK. I wonder if KK's annoucement was not a somewhat double edged sword for him. He did that same thing years ago, and yet this time he had to be the one receiving the bad news. Must have hurt even more to know that feeling from the opposite side.
At last, I'm glad they are all gentlemen and no one is throwing words at each other this time. Sad resolve for all of us.
I am just glad Rob had something to say so quickly. I thought it might take a week or so for the metal god to respond. Also it is good to Scott "growing up" to be a spokesperson of the band. When no one will give us answers, Scott or Rob will.
Thanks PK, IC, good to get all anlges on this sad news.
JUDAS PRIEST Drummer: The Fans Want Us To Go On (Video) - Apr. 21, 2011
The Artisan News Service conducted a short interview with JUDASPRIEST drummer Scott Travis at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which took place last night (Wednesday, April 20) at Club Nokia in downtown LosAngeles, California. When asked for an update on the just-announced departure of the band's original guitarist, K.K. Downing, Travis replied, "The update is in the press release [which came out Wednesday morning], so you know as much as I do. But you have to have the burning desire in your heart, in my opinion, to play heavymetal music."
He added, "We all start at a young age and it's not because of money, fame or girls — you start because you love the music. So if he's not feeling that anymore, then I give him props for taking himself out of the game, basically."
When asked about the remaining JUDAS PREST members' decision to go ahead with their previously announced tour plans with a replacement guitarist — 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner (LAUREN HARRIS, DIRTY DEEDS) — Travis said, "It's never an easy decision to replace any longtime bandmember, but PRIEST is almost like its own machine, and the fans want PRIEST to continue, we want it to continue, and we have to go on. K.K.… I can't speak for him, but we have to go on; that's all."
Downing released a statement earlier today blaming his departure from JUDAS PRIEST on "an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band's management for some time." He added that he "decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to . . . our cherished fans."