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Judas Priest Adds Third Guitarist As K.K. Downing Comes Out Of Retirement

Just days after Rob Halford declared the new Judas Priest album done, former guitarist K.K. Downing has announced that he has come out of retirement to re-join the band, nearly four years to the day that he initially left (April 20, 2011).

Downing indicated that "boredom was a big contributing factor" to his decision. He also revealed that all along "I was involved in the writing and recording process of the new album." The band indicated that in the spirit of Iron Maiden (when Adrian Smith rejoined in 1999), they would remain a three piece with Richie Faulkner remaining on board.

Guitarist Glenn Tipton added: "I cannot tell you how elated I was when Ken called me to express his desire to rejoin the mighty Priest. We worked together for so long and have been through so much it seemed like a family was torn apart when he left. Even though I understood his decision to leave, I still felt a gap in the band. Now we are stronger than ever. We haven't decided whether we will do a live tour again, but Ken is all for it if we do."

The band is expected to reveal the first information about the new release soon.

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1. MetalMattUK writes:

April Fools!!! LOL got to love Priest though seen them a few time now class act :)

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 9:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Drum_Junkie writes:

^ Shhhh!! You gotta let it sink in a bit before letting the cat out of the bag. Most of the keyboard jockeys haven't even got out of bed yet. LMAO.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 9:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianMN writes:

Just wait till everyone finds out Lars got kicked out of Metallica and joined Nile.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 9:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

I wish this is true.

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 9:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Drum_Junkie writes:

LMFAO @ BrianMN!

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 9:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Jigenuck writes:

Finally April 1st, best metalunderground day!!

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 10:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. MetalMattUK writes:

Sorry Drum_Junkie im in the UK didnt think LOL

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 10:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Drum_Junkie writes:

^ No worries mate! happy fools day to ya!

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 10:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. MetalMattUK writes:

cheers cant play any jokes no its 4pm lol

# Apr 1, 2014 @ 11:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. MU trollwire writes:

according rob halford through an "inside source" priest was about to bring in duff mckagan formerly of GNR, downing supposedly flipped out and approached halford about coming back, meanwhile mckagan is filling in instead for GNR on their south american tour later on this year
tim~ MUTW

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11. obscured_by_clouds writes:

wow i cant believe somebody would play such a cruel joke

# Apr 2, 2014 @ 6:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. metalblood writes:

The priest is back oh yea !! 40 yrs of heavy metal ,the beast wich is priest stand tall wer heavy duty, metal gods cant wait for tour hopfully @ alpine vally ,wisconsin

# Apr 4, 2014 @ 3:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. PatriciaMGK writes:

almost fell for this.....lol....as hard as I fell off my chair here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl10h0J-hFI

# Apr 4, 2014 @ 10:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. ZMA writes:

I'm sad that this isn't true. =[

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