JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill says “It was great” to see K.K. Downing again at the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
Speaking with Alamo True Metal, Hill was asked what it was like to reunite with original JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing and former PRIEST drummer Les Binks at the recent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The whole thing was magical. It was way different to what I thought it was gonna be. I didn’t know it was gonna be such a large event, for start. It was loads of people — your paying public, if you know what I mean, not just the stars and the celebrities down at the tables in the front there. So that was a real big surprise — the actual scale of it all.
“It was a joy to do at the end of the day,” he continued. “It was great to see Ken again. I hope he feels the same. [Laughs] It was very, very quick. We saw him for an hour or so on rehearsal day [two days before the induction] and then another hour or so on the show day. And then everybody went their separate ways. But it was nice to see Ken. Les, I hadn’t seen Les — wow — since 1980, probably; 1979, 1980. But it was good to see him again and good to shake everybody’s hand.”
Discussing further about the first time he saw Downing and Binks prior to the Rock Hall rehearsals, Ian said: “I went over and said hello to Ken, said hello to Les. That’s about as far as it went, really. So did Rob [Halford, JUDAS PRIEST singer]. Glenn [Tipton, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist], he was rather frail on the day, so he just sort of sat on the sidelines until he had to do his thing. And of course Richie [Faulkner, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist] — Richie’s gregarious; he was on the same side of the stage anyway, so he was talking to Ken a lot. But yeah, it was all very professional. It was all well done. At the end of the day, we put on a great performance, and we all got the gong, which was great news. [Laughs] “
JUDAS PRIEST received the Musical Excellence Award at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which saw bandmembers Halford, Hill, Tipton and Scott Travis (drums), beinginducted along with former members Downing, Binks and late drummer Dave Holland.
All inductees took the stage together, along with current JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner, for a three-song medley consisting of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin‘”, “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight“.