JUDAS PRIEST are set to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this fall, receiving the Musical Excellence Award at the event.
The members of JUDAS PRIEST to be inducted include current members Rob Halford (vocals),Ian Hill (bass),Glenn Tipton (guitar) and Scott Travis (drums), along with former members K.K. Downing (guitar),Les Binks (drums) and late drummer Dave Holland.
Downing was asked in a new interview with Danny Stoakes which song or songs he would like to perform with JUDAS PRIEST at the induction ceremony. K.K. responded: “Oh, wow. I don’t really know what the setup would or could be — whether Glenn” — who’s battling Parkinson’s disease but was on the road playing during the encores of PRIEST’s latest North American tour, performing “Metal Gods”, “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight” — “would be there and we all would… I know Glenn is just playing some of the more shorter kind of songs. And if that’s the situation, then I’m sure the songs would be whatever Glenn would be able to feel comfortable with. And that’s okay, and that’s fine. But I don’t think it’s about, really, what the repertoire would be; I think it’s just about would this and could this happen in the way that people want to and expect it to happen. We’ll have to see. But it’s [early days], and it’s over six months away, so anything could happen between now and then. And it depends what people want to happen, myself included. I’m gonna have a good think.”
Downing went on to say that there were still a lot of unknowns about how the induction ceremony.
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen, mate,” he said. “The ceremony’s some time in November. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I don’t know how everybody feels. Like I said, up until [last week], it was just a thought in the back of the memory. But now the hurdle of being inducted has been jumped, so we’re on the other side of that now. Obviously, it remains feasible and possible, but I don’t know. Anything could happen between now and then. We’ll see what happens. But it is, I suppose, for all intents and purposes, a kind of celebration of everything that’s been achieved over many, many decades, and do we all wanna be a part of that celebration just for one night. We’ll see how everybody feels about that. But certainly, like with the Grammy achievement and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, once we get into those rocking chairs, whenever that might be [laughs], at some point in the future, it’ll certainly help us to rock a bit faster than everybody else around us, I think, really.”
You can check out the full audio interview at this location.
The 2022 Rock Hall induction ceremony will be held on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It will air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max.