Ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Okay.Okay. Downing says that the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame will deliver a couple of “completeness” to the group’s profession. PRIEST will obtain the Musical Excellence Award on the fall 2022 occasion, which is able to honor Eminem, Dolly Parton, DURAN DURAN, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, EURYTHMICS and Carly Simon within the Performers class.
In an interview with Danny Stoakes, Downing said concerning the honor: “It brings a couple of completeness to a profession after so lengthy. It is no secret, we’re all males of an age now — I am 70 — and also you begin to look again. Along with profitable a number of nominations and attaining a Grammy and the identical factor occurring now with the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame, I feel it is job carried out.”
The award for Musical Excellence — which was initially titled the “Sidemen” class when it debuted — is given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and affect creating music have had a dramatic affect on music.
Again in 2010, when the Sidemen class was renamed the award for Musical Excellence, Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame Basis president Joel Peresman informed The Plain Supplier the class “offers us flexibility to dive into some issues and acknowledge some individuals who won’t ordinarily get acknowledged.”
JUDAS PRIEST is the second band to obtain the award for Musical Excellence; the E STREET BAND was the primary. Final yr, late OZZY OSBOURNE and QUIET RIOT guitarist Randy Rhoads was one of many recipients of the Musical Excellence Award.
The induction ceremony can be held on November 5, 2022 on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It can air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max. There will even be a radio simulcast on SiriusXM‘s Rock & Roll Corridor Of Fame Radio channel 310.
JUDAS PRIEST was beforehand on the poll for Rock Corridor induction in 2020, however didn’t obtain sufficient votes to make that yr’s class.
Having been eligible for induction since 1999, PRIEST was additionally on the poll for the 2018 class of the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame, however was finally ignored of the inductee record.
On Wednesday (Might 4),Okay.Okay. informed Eonmusic about PRIEST being inducted into the Rock Corridor: “Yeah, it is a type of issues, I feel; it was just like the Grammy; once you get nominated that quantity of occasions and do not win, once you really do win, it takes the sting off it a bit, since you’ve failed loads of occasions. But it surely’s higher to attain the aim on the finish of the sport. Laughs]”
Requested if it looks like “an actual triumph” that he’ll be capable of stand together with his “brothers in music” to obtain the award, Downing stated: “I am undecided, actually. I hadn’t thought of that. Is that going to occur? Is it? I feel it is November, and quite a bit can occur between every now and then, mate.”
As for whether or not he is considering probably strapping on the guitar and taking part in with the fellows once more on the occasion, Downing stated: “I thought of it briefly, once we have been nominated, what would occur. However like I say, it is November and loads of issues can occur between every now and then, particularly with males of an age like us. However I feel it is only a query of seeing how all the things lies on the subject of them, actually, as a result of loads of issues can occur between every now and then — loads of issues might get higher, however they might worsen, or keep the identical. You by no means know, do you?”
When requested what being inducted into the Rock Corridor means to him personally, Okay.Okay. stated: “I am significantly delighted as a result of so far as I do know, the nominees once we failed final time have been me, Glenn [Tipton, guitar], Ian [Hill, bass] and Rob [Halford, vocals], and Scott [Travis, drums], and [former members] Les Binks and Dave Holland. In that case, I am actually fairly delighted for my buddies, actually; Les and Dave, bless him, although he isn’t right here [Dave passed away on 16th January 2018). Obviously, a lot of cherished memories, a lot of gigs together, you know. They were an integral part for a long time. Dave did a lot — from ‘British Steel’  onwards, and when you consider it, it is fairly some time, by means of to ‘Ram It Down’ , by means of the interval of the great decade of the Eighties. It was the glory occasions. Like I say, I am happy for Dave, and Les, actually. Les was there on these essential albums as nicely.”
On Tuesday (Might 3),Halford informed Billboard that PRIEST‘s former members are welcome to be a part of the induction, and he feels any animosities may be put aside for the event.
“They’ve each proper to be part of the occasion,” he stated. “I am more than happy for everyone. There is no bitterness. There is no angst. There’s not that sort of stuff that is lingering. If there’s it’s a must to push all that away. It’s a must to push it to the aspect and simply perceive and settle for and respect this glorious alternative and what it represents when it comes to recognition and a celebration.”
Halford went on to say that Tipton — who’s battling Parkinson’s illness however was on the street taking part in throughout the encores of PRIEST‘s newest North American tour — will seemingly attend the ceremony.
Downing left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of band battle, shoddy administration and declining high quality of efficiency.
In 2019, Downing stated that he reached out to JUDAS PRIEST about collaborating within the band’s Fiftieth-anniversary tour however that their response was that they weren’t all in favour of together with him within the celebrations.
In 2018, Downing revealed that he despatched two resignation letters to his bandmates when he determined to give up JUDAS PRIEST. The primary was described as “a sleek exit observe, implying a easy retirement from music,” whereas the second was “angrier, laying out all of his frustrations with particular events.”
Downing later stated that he believed the second letter was “a key cause” he wasn’t invited to rejoin PRIEST after Tipton‘s determination to retire from touring.
In February, Hill and Halford informed Billboard that they might be glad to face alongside Downing at a Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame induction later this yr. “It is not an issue to us, no,” Hill stated. “Ken was an integral a part of this band for a really, very very long time. He deserves to be there together with the remainder of us.” Halford predicted that, “It will not be as awkward as Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss with KISS‘s Rock Hall induction]. I do not suppose it’s going to be awkward in any respect. I feel it’s a must to let all of that go as a result of it is the evening that issues. It is the second that issues — however, once more, the proverbial saying, we’ll cross that bridge once we get to it.”