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Judas Priest confirm K.K. Downing will join band for Rock Hall induction

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Judas Priest have confirmed that their former guitarist K.K. Downing will join them at their 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction this November.The influential English heavy metal band will accept the Award for Musical Excellence at this year’s ceremony.

The award was first established in 2000 as the “Sideman” category; it became the Award for Musical Excellence 10 years later.Rock Hall inductions often include former members of the bands being celebrated.

Judas Priest’s commemoration will be no different, as bassist Ian Hill has confirmed that Downing, who left the band in 2011 citing differences with the band and management, will participate.“The rule as I understand it, is whoever has been with the band for 20 years,” Hill told Metal Hammer. “Richie [Faulkner, Downing’s replacement] is sadly not being inducted, but really deserves to be as he’s been the driving force in the band for nearly 12 years now.”“Obviously, Ken [Downing] will be there,” Hill added. “[Drummer] Les Binks was with us all those years, as was Scott [Travis, another former drummer], so he’ll be part of the induction, too.”He also acknowledged former Judas Priest drummers such as Dave Holland, who “was in the band for a long time,” he said.Asked if any of the band had spoken to Downing, Hill responded: “He’s spoken to management and said he will definitely be there.

It should be good.”In a recent interview with Billboard, frontman Halford spoke of the band’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination – which marks their third overall.

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