KK Downing says recent Judas Priest comments were “regretfully misinterpreted”

KK Downing in 2008 with Judas Priest
KK Downing in 2008 with Judas Priest
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KK Downing has issued a statement to clarify his recent comments regarding Judas Priest producer Andy Sneap.

Sneap, who co-produced the band’s upcoming album Firepower, will tour with Priest later this year after guitarist Glenn Tipton was forced to step back from the band’s live commitments after his Parkinson’s diagnosis came to light.

Downing, who left Judas Priest in 2011, reported he was “shocked and stunned” not to be asked back, and, referring to Sneap, he added: “I have no doubt that his contribution to the new Judas Priest album was much more than just as a producer.”

That drew a critical response from Priest frontman Rob Halford who stated that Tipton plays on every track on the record – and Downing has now set the record straight, saying that his comments were “regretfully misinterpreted.”

KK says: “Just to clarify that my complimenting Andy Sneap as I did was no more than I would have said about any other guitar playing producers that have also contributed much more than expected to our past albums.

“Great talent such as Chris Tsangarides (R.I.P) and Roy Z both not only produced – but also contributed song ideas, riffs and licks, lyric ideas etc.

“Consequently, albums like Painkiller and Angel Of Retribution would not have been the same without them. Even George Martin, I believe, provided much more for the Beatles than just the role of a normal producer.

“An extra musician in the studio, like the aforementioned talented producers, really does bring a great benefit.”

Judas Priest will head out on tour across North America from mid-March in support of Firepower, which will launch on March 9 via Columbia Records.

Judas Priest 2018 Firepower tour dates

Mar 13: Wilkes Barre Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza, PA
Mar 15: Youngstown Covelli Centre, OH
Mar 17: Uniondale Nassau Coliseum, NY
Mar 18: Washington The Anthem, DC
Mar 20: Newark Prudential Center, NJ
Mar 22: Uncasville Mogehan Sun Arena, CT
Mar 25: Ottawa The Arena At TD Place, ON
Mar 27: London Budweiser Gardens, ON
Mar 28: Oshawa Tribute Communities Centre, ON
Mar 30: Rama Casino Rama, ON
Mar 31: Detroit Masonic Temple, MI
Apr 03: Milwaukee Riverside Theater, WI
Apr 05: Green Bay Resch Center, WI
Apr 08: Bloomington Grossinger Motors Arena, IL
Apr 10: Casper Events Center, WY
Apr 11: Loveland Budweiser Events Center, CO
Apr 15: Kent ShoWare Center, WA
Apr 17: Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum, OR
Apr 19: San Francisco The Warfield, CA
Apr 22: Los Angeles Microsoft Theatre, CA
Apr 24: Phoenix Comercia Theatre, AZ
Apr 26: Tulsa BOK Center, OK
Apr 28: Dallas Bomb Factory, TX
Apr 29: Sugarland Smart Financial Centre, TX
May 01: San Antonio Freeman Coliseum, TX
Jul 19: Athens Rockwave Festival, Greece
Jul 21: Plovdiv Hills Of Rock Festival, Poland
Jul 31: Munich Zenith, Germany
Aug 08: Dortmund Westfallenhalle, Germany
Aug 10: Bloodstock Festival, UK

Listen to blistering new Judas Priest track Firepower