K.K. DOWNING: 'Physically And Technically, RIPPER Was A Better Singer Than ROB HALFORD, Because TIM Was Always In Tune'

Andrew Catania of All That Shreds recently conducted an interview with former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

All That Shreds: Comparing [longtime JUDAS PRIEST singer] Rob [Halford] to [former JUDAS PRIEST frontman] Ripper [Tim Owens], who do you feel is a better fit for PRIEST?

Downing: “When Ripper joined the band… We would have to say that, physically and technically, Ripper was a better singer than Rob, because Tim was always in tune, he was always in key. I mean, Rob was good. Rob got better after he started to wear in-ear monitors. But Tim was stronger. He still is. I mean, the guy is a powerhouse… Ripper would murder the show and we’d come offstage and the fans would be saying, ‘Good show. But when’s Rob coming back?'”

All That Shreds: What were the events that led up to Rob coming back to PRIEST?

Downing: “Sharon Osbourne called and asked if Rob was back in the band. She was going to pay us a lot of money to play Ozzfest. It didn’t happen the first time. The same thing happened another year. By this time, we’d done the ‘Demolition’ album [with Ripper] and things seemed on the decline for us. The venues were getting smaller and smaller. Glenn [Tipton, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist] wanted to produce the album and I wasn’t happy with that decision. I stepped away from the project for a while but came back and did what I could to contribute. Our past albums were getting popular again as Sony re-released our back catalog and ‘Painkiller’ was getting popular. ‘Painkiller’ wasn’t that popular when we released it. I feel it was fan demand. I’m involved with a music venue not too far from me. We put SKID ROW on stage with their new singer. I thought he did a fairly good job. I saw some live shows from before with him and didn’t think they were good. I’m used to seeing SKID ROW playing festivals with GUNS N ROSES and such. It’s not the same without Sebastian Bach.”

All That Shreds: Ripper said he’d like to go back and re-record “Jugulator” and “Demolition” as he feels PRIEST is trying to remove any mention of his involvement with the band. It’s hard to find “Jugulator” anywhere and “Demolition” is more available. Would you participate in the re-record with Ripper?

Downing: “It doesn’t surprise me that they’re trying to do that to Ripper. Ripper did an excellent job on those two albums, and I’d say what would be the point? He did a fantastic job on them. We were dropped from Sony when Rob left and was signed to smaller labels with ‘Jugulator’ and ‘Demolition’. I will do some research as to who owns the rights/masters to the albums and let you know. If nobody owns the rights to them, I will start producing and marketing them. I’d be happy to. I would participate in the re-recordings with Ripper and fund them if nobody owns the rights. I don’t think at the moment it’s the right thing to do something independently.”

Read the entire interview at All That Shreds.

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K.K. DOWNING: 'Physically And Technically, RIPPER Was A Better Singer Than ROB HALFORD, Because TIM Was Always In Tune'
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