Corey Gorechrist of the “Fantasm” podcast just lately performed an interview with former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Okay.Okay. Downing. You can hearken to the whole chat under. A couple of excerpts observe (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On his tough childhood upbringing:
Okay.Okay.: “I believe one of many predominant causes I needed to do the guide [Downing‘s just-released autobiography, ‘Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest’] was to attempt to give everybody an perception as to how issues actually have been. You by no means actually do know. I believe the factor is, I needed to say, that, yeah, there was a variety of turmoil and friction in my household, it wasn’t regular up till the age of 15 once I left residence. Now that I am out alone, I’ve identified there’s tons and many folks on the market who suffered as youngsters rising up. Unfortunately, a lot of us are born into households like that the place there’s a lot of hardship and stuff. But it was value mentioning so that folks know that, actually, if you happen to dig deep and get your self sorted, like I did, then there’s one thing good on the market; you simply need to go on the market and discover it. And I believe my message is that, do what I did, everybody, if you happen to’re in that scenario — simply escape. Set your wings and take off, actually. Don’t assume issues are going to enhance as a result of they are not going to enhance. You’ve obtained to go on the market and blend with normality. It would not matter if you happen to sweep the streets or clear bathrooms, put a roof over your head, simply combine with normality and discover out what it’s what you wnna do together with your life. That’s a reasonably necessary a part of the guide for me.”
On PRIEST going up towards punk music within the late 1970s:
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Okay.Okay.: “Even while you’re profitable, you are going alongside and gaining momentum, after which, earlier than it, one thing like that occurs — the brand new wave and the punk factor. It hits the U.Okay. like a mega storm, and also you begin to really feel a bit threatened — that there appears to be disinterest in rock and steel all of a sudden and every part is new, and can we die out? You really feel a bit threatened. I swear that there is solely PRIEST and UFO that truly toured the U.Okay. in these years, ’77 and ’78, at any time when it was, on the peak of all of it. And there have been so many rock musicians that jumped ship, and earlier than it, they have these new wave haircuts and make-up and garments and issues, pondering they’d extra of an opportunity of creating a dwelling doing this. I believed it was robust, however I am glad we got here by way of that.”
On the recording of 1981’s “Point Of Entry” on the heels of the success of earlier 12 months’s “British Steel”:
Okay.Okay.: “It’s fairly tough. PRIEST has all the time been a band that is been fairly versatile, whether or not that is an excellent factor or a nasty factor. In our eyes, we have been simply making an attempt to achieve as a lot momentum and recognition as we may and convey as many individuals into the fold of rock, which was… We have been now a steel band, and the message was there’s a lot of good things right here on this camp for everyone. Because it was such fantastic occasions, actually. We have been lucky — I am very lucky — and I do say it, that I used to be born once I was to have witnessed the evolution of music of all genres, actually. We’ve been there to look at and to have the ability to decide and to make preferences. And simply consider all of the fantastic concert events that I’ve seen that folks sooner or later won’t ever, ever have the chance to see. I imply, I noticed VAN HALEN opening up for BLACK SABBATH in my hometown on the primary VAN HALEN [record]. I imply, gigs like that, you simply cannot… Even if these guys have been to get collectively and do it once more, it would not be the identical. [I’m] simply so lucky to have been part of it as properly — I am so, so fortunate. And no matter something that occurs, I will all the time say that I am very grateful and respectful to my bandmates, and we had a protracted journey collectively, a protracted profession and we have been very profitable, and what we did collectively has turn into historic. And I hope sooner or later that folks will look again, when folks consider heavy steel, they’re going to assume inevitably of the band JUDAS PRIEST.”
On his profession as a musician:
Okay.Okay.: “I believe that it is such a very long time, is not it? Some 40-odd years — 4 a long time or much more. Making that journey, issues change. You change as an individual. Lots of issues change on the planet. I notably keep in mind the ’80s and mid-’80s have been the enjoyable occasions, the golden age, as I name them, as a result of so many bands have been coming to city, there was a feel-good issue, it appeared just like the economic system was fairly good. I imply, there was a unique band coming by way of your city, to the world, each week, an ideal invoice, whoever it was. Everything appeared to be music, every part was occurring. You stroll out into the road and automobiles are simply pumping music. It was simply very, very comforting and a good time for everybody.”
Okay.Okay., who’s a founding member of the British heavy steel legends and was a part of the group since 1969, introduced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011.
He later shot down as “inaccurate” stories that he left JUDAS PRIEST as a result of he selected to focus on working the golf programs on his property.
This previous February, Downing mentioned that he was “shocked and surprised” that he wasn’t approached to rejoin JUDAS PRIEST following Glenn Tipton‘s choice to retire from the street resulting from his battle with Parkinson’s illness.
“Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” was launched on September 18 by way of Da Capo Press. The guide was co-written by the Scottish writer and journalist Mark Eglinton, whose earlier collaborations embody “Official Truth, 101 Proof” with Rex Brown of PANTERA and “Confessions Of A Heretic” with BEHEMOTH‘s Adam “Nergal” Darski.