KK’S PRIEST, the band formed by former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing, made its live debut at Downing’s own venue, KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom on Thursday night (July 6)
Joining Downing in KK’S PRIEST are former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, guitarist A.J. Mills (from the band HOSTILE), bassist Tony Newton (formerly of VOODOO SIX), and drummer Sean Elg (known for his work with DEATHRIDERS and CAGE).
You can check out fan-filmed footage of the concert below.
The crowd at KK’s Steel Mill witnessed an electrifying performance as KK’S PRIEST treated them to a selection of tracks from their debut album, “Sermons Of The Sinner,” released in 2021. Additionally, they unveiled some new material from their upcoming second album, “The Sinner Rides Again,” which is yet to be released. The band also made sure to delight fans by including several classic JUDAS PRIEST songs in their setlist.
The live debut of KK’S PRIEST showcased the immense talent and chemistry of the band members, who seamlessly blended the spirit of JUDAS PRIEST‘s iconic sound with fresh and powerful compositions. The audience was treated to a memorable evening of hard-hitting riffs, soaring vocals, and an undeniable energy that left no doubt about the band’s ability to carry the torch of heavy metal.
With the release of their debut album and their impressive live debut, KK’S PRIEST has solidified their place in the metal scene, demonstrating that the spirit of JUDAS PRIEST lives on through their music. Fans eagerly await the release of their second album, “The Sinner Rides Again,” as KK’S PRIEST continues to forge their own path while paying homage to the legacy of one of metal’s most iconic bands.
When the show was first announced back in April, K.K. said in a statement: “It’s been far too long! But I am stoked to say that KK’S PRIEST will once again have the honor playing our first-ever gig at the Steel Mill on July 6th, The perfect venue with the perfect audience.
“Metal has come home once more back to where it all started from, yes, the Black Country, where the embryo was conceived all of those years ago. I am incredibly fortunate to have been a part of it all.
“I will look forward to seeing you all again. Rest assured that it will be ‘Blood And Thunder‘ with ‘Hellfire Thunderbolt‘ and much more. We promise to make history together on this special occasion. See you then!!!”
Support at the gig came from former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di’Anno, as well as up-and-coming U.K. metal act TAILGUNNER.
KK’S PRIEST’s setlist:
- Hellfire Thunderbolt (live debut)
- One More Shot At Glory (new song; live debut)
- The Ripper (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
- Reap The Whirlwind (new song; live debut)
- Night Crawler (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
- Sermons Of The Sinner (live debut)
- Burn In Hell (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
- Beyond The Realms Of Death (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
- Hell Patrol (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
- Brothers Of The Road (live debut)
- Metal Meltdown (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
- The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) (FLEETWOOD MAC/JUDAS PRIEST cover)
- Breaking The Law (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
- Victim Of Changes (JUDAS PRIEST cover)