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K.K. DOWNING presents his new XL-sized coffee table book 'Solid Rock'

08-08-2022

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing presents “Solid Rock”, a new XL-sized coffee table book which will be exclusively available from Always Distinctive via their dedicated online store.

“Solid Rock – The Collector’s Edition” is a special pre-release set of limited editions, only available by pre-order, and includes a limited number of Downing-signed and -personalized versions. They are only available at www.metaldefender.co.uk.

A whole host of the greatest rock and metal guitarists ever to plug in an electric guitar are immortalized in “Solid Rock”, each stunningly represented across a double-page spread, including a full-page vintage image and original design alongside a unique commentary drawn from “in-conversation” sessions with Downing — Grammy Award-winning guitarist and a founding member of JUDAS PRIEST.

K.K. states: “Join me as I look back over my incredible journey in rock and heavy metal.

“It has certainly been an honor and a privilege to meet and gig with so many of the great players in ‘Solid Rock’.

“Without rock and metal, the music we love, our lives would not be what they are today.

“So many millions of fans also shared this wonderful journey throughout the decades with these great artists; this era may one day be gone but will never be forgotten! It will certainly live on inside ‘Solid Rock’.

‘The Collector’s Edition’ is a wonderful illustrative compilation featuring 75 of these icons that not only played and performed but also composed so many legendary and timeless songs. It is the ultimate memoir and celebration of an era that will always be honored and revered by us all, for eternity.”

“Solid Rock – The Collector’s Edition” is scheduled for release on February 28, 2023.

K.K. departed JUDAS PRIEST 11 years ago but looked back on his time with the British metal titans in his autobiography, “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest”, which came out in September 2018. The book, which was written with collaborator Mark Eglinton, covers all of the behind-the-scenes turbulence that led to Downing’s exit from PRIEST, including his strained relationship with Glenn Tipton and his gripes with certain managerial decisions.

In 2018, Downing revealed that he sent two resignation letters to his bandmates when he decided to quit JUDAS PRIEST. The first was described as “a graceful exit note, implying a smooth retirement from music,” while the second was “angrier, laying out all of his frustrations with specific parties.” Downing later said that he believed the second letter was “a key reason” he wasn’t invited to rejoin PRIEST after Tipton’s decision to retire from touring.

Downing recently launched a new band called KK’S PRIEST, in which he is joined by former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), along with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE), bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERSCAGE).

KK’S PRIEST’s debut album, “Sermons Of The Sinner”, was released in October via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.

Downing spent four months writing and recording “Sermons Of The Sinner” and, along with new ideas, he even resurrected a few archived riffs from the ’80s.

K.K. formed KK’S PRIEST after JUDAS PRIEST turned down his offer to rejoin the band for their 50th-anniversary tour. It followed a couple of celebrated stage appearances, first with former MANOWAR guitarist Ross The Boss in the summer of 2019, then with a one-off lineup that included former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson and former PRIEST drummer Les Binks later that year.

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