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A MESSAGE FROM KK - October 7, 2020:

Hi Everyone,

It is with great sadness that I write these few words of respect to a great man, a great musician and a great performer. Eddie Van Halen Without doubt will be so missed by us all.

If I may I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Eddie's family and friends and to everyone in the world that like us are so deeply saddened by passing of a great guitar hero an extraordinary man, a man who’s influence and music will live on forever.


A MESSAGE FROM KK - May 12th 2020:


Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to check in to say a big hello from myself and the band!

We are now just waiting for studio facilities to re-open in order to mix and master the album.

We are incredibly excited and totally ready for the launch of what we consider to be an exceptional and important record; we sincerely hope that you will agree!

Although we are all enduring frustration in so many ways, we have to stay positive and patient, and hope that the live venues will soon be active again. It is our intention to be able to play for you as soon as we possibly can. We did have some festivals booked this year but understandable they had to be cancelled this time around, but rest assured management is talking with the agents and promoters to reschedule and we will be first in line to offer up our availability to promoters all around the world.

Our thoughts and sympathy are with everyone and their associated families and friends that have been victims or have directly suffered from this terrible virus, let’s stay strong and supportive together so that we can beat this world crisis into submission.

I’m sure that you will all join us in saying a massive thank you to all medical and associated institutions for their hard work and bravery in the front line of this battle, as without them the cause would surely be lost.

For now, stay safe, we will all be together again soon at a venue near you, for some great classic and new metal.



APRIL 2, 2020:




AJ was just 14 when he saw his first ever concert at our show in Birmingham England in 2001 with Ripper on vocals, since then he has aspired to be a guitarist. Years later I was introduced to AJ and his band Hostile through his uncle Steve who I went to school with. Needless to say I became involved and started to help where I could, producing their two albums and writing a song for them. The band went on to support internationally bands such as Megadeth, Manowar, Machine Head to name a few.


AJ is from my home town so I feel very comfortable having him as a guitar partner and it’s good to keep connected to the origins and the birthplace of the original Priest.


AJ has gone from strength to strength as a guitarist, and please check out AJ playing Beyond the Realms of Death with me at our one-off gig at the Steelmill last November HERE.


We very much appreciate your support and look forward to presenting to you a new album which is well on the way and a world tour as soon as possible,


I would also like shortly introduce bass player Tony Newton to you, so please be sure to check back here and Explorer1 for more updates or see more news and photos and subscribe HERE.



March 2020


Hello KK’s PRIEST fans around the world. These are challenging and life-altering times for us all and I hope you and your families are all safe, at home, and comfortable. I am fortunate to have some of the best fans in the world. Your support and love is what allows and inspires us to create music and tour the world.


I have always considered you as part of my large extended family, and as I always say, family comes first! We all have to do everything we can to ensure that our families, friends, neighbours, work colleagues remain safe, healthy and comfortable. Together we will survive these uncertain few months, and we cannot wait to get out on the road and bring our music to you all in every corner of the globe.


In these times of uncertainty, I just wanted to give you an update from the studio. We are moving ahead full steam ahead on the new album. Thankfully Ripper finished all the tracks and got home to Ohio safely before the travel restrictions started, and I have to say I am so excited – his vocals are classic Ripper/Priest – and then some!


This album is coming together so naturally and is already sounding incredible – I can’t wait for you to hear these songs – and I hope it’s not too long before we can let you hear the first track released by Explorer1… so stay tuned!


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Thank you so much for your support over the years and please stay safe and keep on rocking!


KK Downing and KK’s PRIEST

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KK DOWNING Judas Priest founding member