K.K. Downing says he can play and perform JUDAS PRIEST’s “Sinner” better than Richie Faulkner

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has once again dismissed bassist Ian Hill’s explanation for why he wasn’t invited to rejoin the band following Glenn Tipton’s decision to retire from the road due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

In a recent interview with Backstage Axxess, Hill said that the idea of bringing Downing back to PRIEST was never entertained. “When he retired, we took on Richie [Faulkner], you know, so he’s playing all Ken’s parts,” Ian said. “So, it’s not Ken’s [parts] that are missing, it’s going to be Glenn’s parts that he would be playing. Really, Ken, what’s he going to do? Come over to my side of the stage and play Glenn’s parts? It wasn’t his job, if you know what I mean, that had become vacant. It was Glenn’s. Glenn and Ken are two excellent guitarists, [but] both are completely different in styles and sounds, and for Ken to be playing Glenn’s parts anyway, it really wouldn’t have sounded right anyway. We never thought about Ken for that reason.”

K.K. Downing
K.K. Downing

Asked by Please Kill Me what he thought of Hill’s justification for why K.K. wasn’t contacted about coming back to PRIEST, Downing said: “I’m a guitar player. Richie’s a guitar player. We know exactly what’s gonna happen. I resume my normal position and Richie takes over on Glenn’s side of the stage, and we just become JUDAS PRIEST again. And Richie doesn’t have to play “Sinner”, because I can do it better than him… because I’m the originator. Richie does a great job, but I can play it and perform it better than him. It would be better for the people, because they remember me doing it all of their lives, for God’s sakes, which is decades. It would just be better for them to see me do it than Richie doing it.”

He continued: “You can see me and Richie up there working and playing and performing pretty damn good together because I would make sure that we were ripping across that stage like there was no tomorrow. It is what it is, though. The guys are on tour [in the U.S.] now with DEEP PURPLE and they’re gonna be out there with Ozzy [Osbourne] in the U.K. next year. So it is what it is. But that was the severest thing I’ve heard Ian say. Would I be interested in going back there and having Richie play my parts while I play Glenn’s? I’m sorry, but the answer is no. Andy [Sneap, who is replacing Tipton on the current tour] is great. I consider him a mate, and I’ve been up to his studio, and he’s great. But even if that happened, do the people want to see Andy playing Glenn’s parts or do they want to see me?”

Downing went on to say: “People want to relive. I’m exactly the same. When I go see a band now, whether it’s UFO or SCORPIONS, I want to see the original bandmembers. I want to see them out there for as long as I possibly can, if there’s an option. Because we all go back remembering the days when we first saw the band, and that’s what we paid the ticket for. But one of the reasons I wrote the book” — referring to his just-released autobiography, “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” — “is I’m just sick of those guys trying to kind of bury me through the Internet. I really don’t know what the deal is. It’s stemming from somewhere. It’s heartbreaking to see that going on, ya know. It’s unfair, really. It’s unfair.”

K.K. Downing – Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest

“Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” was released on September 18 via Da Capo Press. The book was co-written by the Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton, whose previous collaborations include “Official Truth, 101 Proof” with Rex Brown of PANTERA and “Confessions Of A Heretic” with BEHEMOTH’s Adam “Nergal” Darski.

Source: blabbermouth.net

MOONSPELL – Release “Extinct” Live Video

It was a special day for every MOONSPELL fan, when the band invited their “aficionados” to Campo Pequeno arena in their hometown Lisboa on February 4th, 2017. Only 4.000 of them could take part in the unique and solemn spell, when the Gothic Metal legends entered the stage. Once again Fernando Ribeiro and his bandmates proved that they are one of the best live acts around.

Playing three sets in one day and being as energetic as MOONSPELL was on that day is just impressive. The intimate bond between fans and band never broke in all these hours of ultimate alchemist magic. You can see and feel that in every second of “Lisboa Under The Spell”.

The setlist itself is breathtaking: Starting with their first full length album ever, Wolfheart, from 1995, followed up by the second album, Irreligious, from 1995, they took a long step by jumping to the year 2015 in their last set, presenting Extinct to the frenetic masses in front of the stage.

Moonspell

Moonspell

Today the band releases a third new live clip from “Lisboa Under The Spell”. It’s the title track of the 2015 album “Extinct”.

Fernando Ribeiro on the video: “Now that the DVD is out, I guess a lot of our fans already made up their minds about it and I guess rather were as surprised about its final epic form as we were surprised by the, no-bullshit, honest and very solid reactions to our new LIVE release, praise, great reviews, chart entries at all. As far as I am concerned LIVE releases don’t make the cut sometimes. That’s why the Lisboa Under the Spell you might or might not have already in your hands was so carefully thought out and packaged, reminding us of the very few LIVE releases that make us sit in the couch and watch or listen the hell out of. Records like Life After Death (MAIDEN), Earth Inferno (FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM) and a few others. Those, with all due respect, were the ones who inspired us to do better. The addition of the album Extinct makes perfect sense to us, as this is the musical thread we are going to follow with the next opus and also because that was the last date of our very dear Road To Extinction tour that started off in 2015 and ended in our hometown, Lisbon on February 2017 e.v. We hope you enjoy this new clip from the title song “Extinct,” featuring the lovely and dangerous Portuguese actress Carolina Torres, brandishing the sword and watching her pack rocking out. Before the lights go out.” It was definitely about time, since MOONSPELL aficionados have been thirsting for a new live release ever since Lusitanian Metal (2008)! Thus, Lisboa Under The Spell is not simply a visual testimony to the success of Portugal`s biggest metal band – it is a celebration of the unbound creativity and pure magic that is MOONSPELL.”

Track listing:

I ROCKUMENTARY- band documentary by Victor Castro

II WOLFHEART SHOW – full album played live
Wolfshade (A Werewolf Masquerade)
Love Crimes
Of Dream And Drama
Lua D’inverno
Trebaruna
Ataegina
Vampiria
An Erotic Alchemy
Alma Mater

III IRRELIGIOUS SHOW – full album played live
Perverse Almost Religious
Opium
Awake!
For A Taste Of Eternity
Ruin & Misery
A Poisoned Gift
Raven Claws (Feat. Mariangela Demurtas)
Mephisto
Herr Spiegelmann
Fullmoon Madness

IV EXTINCT SHOW – full album played live
All Gone From The Wild (Intro)
Breathe (Until We Are No More)
Extinct (Feat. Carolina Torres)
Medusalem
Domina
The Last Of Us
Malignia
Funeral Bloom
A Dying Breed
The Future Is Dark

V MAKING OF- show day

VI GALLERY- live and backstage pics

Touring:
w/ AMORPHIS, DARK TRANQUILLITY, OMNIUM GATHERUM
07.09.18 US – New York, NY / Gramercy Theater
08.09.18 CA – Montreal / Cafe Campus
09.09.18 CA – Quebec City / Imperial de Quebec
10.09.18 CA – Toronto / Opera House
11.09.18 US – Ft Wayne, IN / Pierre’s
12.09.18 US – Detroit, MI / Harpo’s
13.09.18 US – Joliet, Il / The Forge
14.09.18 US – Minneapolis, MN / The Cabooze
15.09.18 CA – Winnipeg / Park Theatre
17.09.18 CA – Edmonton / The Starlite Room
18.09.18 CA – Calgary / Dickens
19.09.18 CA – Vancouver / Rickshaw Theater
20.09.18 US – Seattle, WA / El Corazon
22.09.18 US – Berkeley, CA / The UC Theatre
23.09.18 US – Anaheim, CA / City National Grove
24.09.18 US – West Hollywood, CA / Whiskey a Go Go
25.09.18 US – San Diego, CA / Brick By Brick
26.09.18 US – Tempe, AZ / Marquee Theatre
27.09.18 US – Las Vegas, NV / House of Blues
28.09.18 US – Salt Lake City, UT / Liquid joe’s
29.09.18 US – Denver, CO / Herman’s Hideaway
01.10.18 US – Dallas, TX / Trees
02.10.18 US – San Antonio, TX / Rock Box
03.10.18 US – Houston, TX / Scout Bar
05.10.18 US – Tampa, FL / Orpheum
06.10.18 US – West Palm Beach, FL / Kelsey Theater
07.10.18 US – Atlanta, GA / The Masquerade
09.10.18 US – Louisville, KY / Diamond Pub and Billiards
10.10.18 US – Durham, NC / Motorco
11.10.18 US – Baltimore, MD / Soundstage
12.10.18 US – Philadelphia, PA / The Trocadero
14.10.18 US – Clifton Park, NY / Upstate Concert Hall

Moonspell

Moonspell; Photo by Paulo Mendes

Line-up:
Fernando Ribeiro – Vocals
Ricardo Amorim – Guitar
Pedro Paixão – Guitar – Keyboard
Aires Pereira – Drums
Mike Gaspar – Bass

DARK AWAKE with new 7″ EP

Corvus Records anounced the new release – this time it is 7″ EP of DARK AWAKEDark Ambient/Experimental project from Greece. The release is titled “The Spine Of The World Serpent”.

Dark Awake - The Spine Of The World Serpent

Dark Awake – The Spine Of The World Serpent

The first track “The Spine Of The World Serpent” has guest vocals by Lord Kaiaphas (ex-ANCIENT, THOKKIAN VORTEX).

Chaotic, haunting, almost alien vocals like angry curses fill in the Dark Ambient/ Industrial/Noise music that can raise the shadow/beast self in you!

The second track “Fall Apart” is an exceptional DEATH IN JUNE’s cover song by DARK AWAKE with female vocals.