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Entertaining Matters in Music & Entertainment

070: K.K. Downing

December 01, 2018

Episode #070 – The Podcast: (also on SpotifyiTunes, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, TuneIn, & Spreaker)


K.K. Downing formerly of Judas Priest

Sound Matters episode #070 features Tom’s in-depth conversation with the legendary K.K. Downing, formerly of Judas Priest. Tom and K.K. dive into his great book Heavy Duty, Days and Nights in Judas Priest, where he pulls no punches about his experiences growing up, forming one of the greatest heavy metal bands in history, it’s aftermath, and many intimate details about his life in and out of the band, past and present. I found K.K. to be pleasant, forthright, accommodating, and in a word… classy.

Inside the Interview:
05:29 – What it’s like succeeding as an author…
06:28 – Reasons for initially being reluctant to writing a memoir?
07:45 – Most difficult part of writing an autobiography, and the writing process? 
14:57 – Excerpt from the book that sets the tone for what’s to come…
20:20 – On being diplomatic in a band for decades…
22:25 – On being personally transparent…
25:54 – Why it even shocked him when he decided to leave Judas Priest…
28:24 – On making “the ultimate sacrifice” and thoughts on solo albums…
37:23 – On band line-ups and new members…
42:55 – K.K.’s meticulous style of learning guitar…
45:36 – Overlooked gems in Judas Priest’s back catalog?
46:37 – K.K.’s view of songwriting and the evolution of Heavy Metal…
48:32 – On Priest’s legacy and K.K.’s thoughts of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…
50:12 – What has over four decades in music taught K.K. Downing?
51:32 – What advice would K.K. give a young Ken Downing?
52:50 – About www.kkdowning.net 

Connect with K.K. Downing:
Website: www.kkdowning.net 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kkdowningsteelmill
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kkdowningsteelmill

K.K. Downing

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