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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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