Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens saw tensions rise between KK Downing and Glenn Tipton during the filming of ‘Demolition’
Old JUDAS PRIEST a singer Tim “Ripper” Owens once again defended Kenneth “KK” Downing over the comments the ex-PRIEST guitarist opened up about his former bandmates in his 2018 autobiography, explaining that downing just tell the truth.
KK left the iconic band 11 years ago, but thought back to his time with Britain’s metal titans in “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest”, which was released in September 2018. The book, which was written with a collaborator Marc Eglinton, covers all the behind-the-scenes turmoil that led to downingis the output of PRIEST, including his strained relationship with guitarist Glenn Tipton and his criticisms of certain managerial decisions.
In a new appearance on “The Jasta Show”, the podcast hosted by RACE HATE leader Jamey Jasta, owen says that downing had every right to tell his story, including insider details about the band’s collaborations and machinations. “Listen, he just spoke some truths in the book,” owen said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “He told truths, and you have shit of them. Unfortunately, that’s what happens. Should he have told everything? He was hurt. Things happened. It didn’t go well past. He talked about it in his book. If he does not have say those things and he made a book that talked about other things, people would’ve said, “Why didn’t he talk about other things?” And then you do the interviews, and people say, ‘KK must stop raising these points. And I’m, like, ‘Well, no. He is questioned on these points. And then he answers the questions. And then it’s on the front of Blabbermouth whatever…”
According to owen, tensions between downing and Tipton had been brewing for some time before KKthe exit of the group.
“I saw him for [the] ‘Demolition’ [album cycle]”, he said. “We weren’t even together barely at [the time we made] ‘Demolition’; it has never been Glenn and Ken together never. I would like to go to Kenweekends and we would hang out and have a pint, play pool. And it was smoldering then. And obviously the money helps, so you get [former singer] Rob [Halford] back and you get your millions back and you don’t play [smaller venues] more.”
Tim, who recently launched a new group with KK called THE PRIEST OF KK, went on to say that downing never brings up grievances with his former bandmates during their interactions. “He still doesn’t say bad things about these guys when we’re together, he never says bad things about them – neverhe says. ” You know why ? Because I don’t ask any questions about it. I’m not the guy who interviews him saying, ‘So what the….?’ I don’t really want to know – I don’t want to know about this. I read the book. I know what is happening. All that stuff he talked about, I knew half of it, it lasted. But people ask him, so it looks like he’s complaining. He doesn’t come into an interview saying, ‘Very good. Let me tell you about dirty laundry. Let’s talk about it.'”
KK, a founding member of British heavy metal legends and part of the band since 1969, has announced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011.
In 2018, downing Recount rolling stone with whom he tried to discuss Tipton to let his bandmate know what bothered him about their working relationship before downing got out PRIEST. “I did when it came to his drinking before and during the concert,” KK noted. “It didn’t get me anywhere. It just made me nervous, because I’m a beer drinker and I know I couldn’t do that. It also seemed to slow down the show.”
downing confirmed that PRIESTthe roadies tried to limit Glennhis alcohol consumption by diluting his beer during performances. “I hated spending every night thinking, ‘Are we here together?'” KK noted. “It made me so nervous. It wasn’t funny. Ripper [who was singing for PRIEST at the time] I used to come and pull on my stage clothes and say, “Do something.” I was like, ‘I play guitar, mate. I can not do anything. Not that anyone probably noticed. I stopped enjoying playing. It moved me.”
downing also said that he thought Tipton controlled group decisions, such as when PRIEST tour. He was asked if he had ever discussed it with Glenn, downing said, “The thing was, so many things happened [behind the scenes], and we knew it, but there was never any proof. You can’t create a problem with something you can’t back up. For the most part, it was done a certain way. You knew it was done, but you couldn’t make it a problem. Sadly.”
downing claimed that the other members of JUDAS PRIEST felt about the same as he did about Glenncontrol issues, that’s why KK found it strange that he was not approached to join the group after Tiptonto retire from the road due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. “Yeah, because they all knew my problem was with Glenn with beer to drink and decision making with him and [management]”, downing noted. “I was just fed up. I felt like I was working a nine-to-five and the other guys felt the same way. There’s no doubt in my mind that they would have preferred to have me in the group, because why not you?”
PRIEST recruited owen in 1996 and released two studio albums, 1997 “Jugulator” and 2001 “Demolition”, before finding Halford in 2003.