Rob Halford Says That K.K. Downing + Les Binks Will Be Part Of Judas Priest’s Rock Hall Celebration

K.K. Downing: Luca.gambazzi at English Wikipedia, Wikipedia / Rob Halford: Judas Priest Facebook / Les Binks: ElaineMSamuels, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikipedia
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Earlier this year, it was announced that Judas Priest will be awarded the “Musical Excellence Award” at this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony. As of a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, frontman Rob Halford shared that the band has been in communication with ex-members K.K. Downing and Les Binks, and that both artists will be involved in some way when it comes to this celebration.

Speaking to the band’s team being in touch with Downing and Binks, Rob says, “Everybody’s been very cool and agreeing. There’s just been [an attitude of], ‘Let’s just relish this opportunity and jam and put everything on 11.'”

While not able to specifically speak to how Downing and Binks will be involved, or if they will be performing with the band, Halford did clarify that both ex-members will be part of the ceremony.

“We are gonna play live because there is all this roar: How are we gonna do it? Because we want to try and make the best things happen. So the best things to happen are to bring in all of the people that are included in the induction — which includes, obviously, K.K. and Les, and Dave. So, we’ve been able to work things out, so we will be playing live. We’ve got, like, eight minutes and 24 seconds and a half-second to play live.”

It is very cool of Judas Priest’s team to reach out to Downing and Binks and invite them to be part of this awesome celebration! At the time of this writing, there is no news whether ex-Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens will be attending; via a recent interview, Owens said that he feels his time in the band has been “swept under the rug.”

In other band related news, as of today, Judas Priest has kicked off their 50th anniversary tour! You can find all the dates and locations associated with that tour below.

  • Judas Priest 2022 Tour Dates
    October 13 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale
    October 15 – Albany, NY – MVP Arena
    October 16 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall Fenway
    October 18 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Coliseum
    October 19 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
    October 21 – Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Event Center
    October 22 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
    October 24 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
    October 25 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
    October 27 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center Theater
    October 29 – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center Moline
    October 30 – Mankato, MN – Mayo Clinic Event Center
    November 1 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
    November 2 – Rapid City, SD – The Monument
    November 7 – Ontario, CA – Toyota Center
    November 8 – Tucson, AZ – TCC Arena
    November 10 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
    November 12 – Park City (Wichita), KS – Hartman Arena
    November 13 – St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
    November 15 – Corbin, KY – The Corbin Arena
    November 17 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center
    November 18 – Baton Rouge, LA – Raising Canes River Center
    November 20 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
    November 22 & 23 – San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena
    November 25 – Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
    November 26 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street
    November 28 – Edinburg, TX – Burt Ogden Arena
    November 29 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall