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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabbathman View Post
    First and foremost I would like to know what's up with Glenn these days. The last time I read about him it was terrible when Ian told that Glenn is not feeling too good and indeed Glenn was not on board during the final chapter of the 'Firepower' tour. So how is Glenn today, is he writing new material, what are his current capabilities, anyone knows?

    Right. So Ozzy fell ill and cancelled some dates, then he injured himself big time and had to postpone the entire tour until early next year. Will he be able to go on stage and deliver his usual Prince Of Darkness show like he did last year? I mean, he gave a good show and I would love to see him again. Seeing Judas Priest opening the night is a tremendous show in itself. I do wish Ozzy recovers and returns to stages in January, bringing the Metal Gods with him. I think Ozzy deserves to be roaring on the road when the 'debut album of everything' turns 50.

    Judas Priest will be launching the 50th anniversary celebrations next year. Will we ultimately see KK Downing with them as well? Knowing Priest's history of keeping certain things in the family and not in the public laundry, I really can't see the possibility of KK being invited back into the fold after his multiple rants in the media. Well, at least not just like that - a lot of reconciliation must be made, by both parties, I guess. And I never doubt the power of forgiveness, so who knows? I do know that Rob didn't destroy KK's chances of returning the last time I read his statements, but he didn't open the gates either - all in the Priest tradition of keeping the lid on until everything is settled. Even if Priest would go out again without KK, I personally would more than accept and welcome Andy Sneap doing the live guitar work again, even during the anniversary tour - he's done a great job during the 'Firepower' tour and he's already a big part of the Priest family, having made the record with them and getting along with the group. The setlists that Priest has showcased lately are something to enjoy in awe. Scott and Ian form the backbone, Rob is the voice and the ceremonial master at the helm and Richie and Andy bring the riffs and leads - it's all Priest for me, same songs, same power, just a different lineup without the two chief guitarists (the other stepped down, not wanting to continue - the other had to step down, even while wanting to continue).

    I trust God's will and I delight for the privilege that I can pray and hope for all blessings towards these dear people and that we could see them again.
    I would be nice if KK joined the fold again, and they put out a final album. Would Glen be able to at least do a studio album with them, considering his Parkinson's?
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    I'm not a die hard fan or anything but it's hard to take it as Judas Priest without the famed twin guitar attack of Tipton and Downing...that and Halford's iconic vocals are the main selling points of the band.
    Nothing against the new guys, and I'm sure they still kick ass.

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    Former JUDAS PRIEST Members K.K. DOWNING, LES BINKS And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Perform Band's Classic Songs At One-Off Concert

    Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) will join forces to perform "a full-length set of PRIEST classics" with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on November 3 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

    The one-off show at K.K.'s Steel Mill will feature a full band set from Ellefson's "Sleeping Giants" band, followed by the PRIEST set with Downing, Binks and Owens. Former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Blaze Bayley will be the evening's opening support act. Additionally, the Steel Mill will also host a special pre-show VIP event whereby attendees will be treated to a "More Life With Deth" book-signing event and one-on-one question-and-answer session with Ellefson, Downing and Ellefson's "More Life With Deth" co-author Thom Hazaert, moderated by Mark Eglinton, who co-authored Downing's recent memoir "Heavy Duty Days And Nights In Judas Priest".

    Says Downing: "I am very pleased to have been asked to perform a unique and special concert with MEGADETH's David Ellefson to celebrate the release of his new book, 'More Life With Deth'. The concert will also bring about the opportunity to play again with some very dear and talented metal legends from the past. The combination of these icons will for sure enable us to deliver up one of the most exciting concerts this year, so much so that it would not be out of place to call this the ultimate ass-kicking 'MegaPriest' fest, and is one that is not to be missed."

    Adds Ellefson: "I speak very candidly in my new book 'More Life with Deth' about the significance JUDAS PRIEST played in my early musical trajectory, specifically the 'Unleashed In The East' live album with its picture-perfect image of what heavy metal should look and sound like. To me, that album, along with its powerful cover image, captured the excitement I felt for a new era of music, one that would transition me from my roots in American hard rock over to that of British heavy metal.

    "Over the years, K.K. and I became fast friends while we toured together with PRIEST and MEGADETH, and I'm beyond thrilled to perform together onstage with him and his former PRIEST bandmates, as we light up the Steel Mill together for a night of molten metal classics!"

    He continues: "Thom and I have been touring all summer across the USA supporting the new book and our 'Sleeping Giants' release. Plus Ripper and I have shared stages all around the world in the last decade or so, and now to add Les Binks in the mix, who to my generation was the ultimate metal double-bass drummer, this has become the ultimate 'metal' family reunion!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by thewizard View Post
    Former JUDAS PRIEST Members K.K. DOWNING, LES BINKS And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Perform Band's Classic Songs At One-Off Concert

    Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) will join forces to perform "a full-length set of PRIEST classics" with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on November 3 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

    The one-off show at K.K.'s Steel Mill will feature a full band set from Ellefson's "Sleeping Giants" band, followed by the PRIEST set with Downing, Binks and Owens. Former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Blaze Bayley will be the evening's opening support act. Additionally, the Steel Mill will also host a special pre-show VIP event whereby attendees will be treated to a "More Life With Deth" book-signing event and one-on-one question-and-answer session with Ellefson, Downing and Ellefson's "More Life With Deth" co-author Thom Hazaert, moderated by Mark Eglinton, who co-authored Downing's recent memoir "Heavy Duty Days And Nights In Judas Priest".

    Says Downing: "I am very pleased to have been asked to perform a unique and special concert with MEGADETH's David Ellefson to celebrate the release of his new book, 'More Life With Deth'. The concert will also bring about the opportunity to play again with some very dear and talented metal legends from the past. The combination of these icons will for sure enable us to deliver up one of the most exciting concerts this year, so much so that it would not be out of place to call this the ultimate ass-kicking 'MegaPriest' fest, and is one that is not to be missed."

    Adds Ellefson: "I speak very candidly in my new book 'More Life with Deth' about the significance JUDAS PRIEST played in my early musical trajectory, specifically the 'Unleashed In The East' live album with its picture-perfect image of what heavy metal should look and sound like. To me, that album, along with its powerful cover image, captured the excitement I felt for a new era of music, one that would transition me from my roots in American hard rock over to that of British heavy metal.

    "Over the years, K.K. and I became fast friends while we toured together with PRIEST and MEGADETH, and I'm beyond thrilled to perform together onstage with him and his former PRIEST bandmates, as we light up the Steel Mill together for a night of molten metal classics!"

    He continues: "Thom and I have been touring all summer across the USA supporting the new book and our 'Sleeping Giants' release. Plus Ripper and I have shared stages all around the world in the last decade or so, and now to add Les Binks in the mix, who to my generation was the ultimate metal double-bass drummer, this has become the ultimate 'metal' family reunion!"
    Sounds very cool, I'm sure KK was delighted to be asked to play, the Les Binks Priest albums were the best drumming, in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OzzyIsDio View Post
    Sounds very cool, the Les Binks Priest albums were the best drumming, in my opinion.
    Surely those albums have the greatest technical drumming prowess, but Les' skills were unnecessarily high for the 80's albums. Les would have been too much of a drummer for that material which required more like a skin beater than a percussionist extraordinaire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabbathman View Post
    Surely those albums have the greatest technical drumming prowess, but Les' skills were unnecessarily high for the 80's albums. Les would have been too much of a drummer for that material which required more like a skin beater than a percussionist extraordinaire.
    His drumming stood out to me, love when drumming is excellent, like I love Bill's drumming on the Sabbath albums.
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