In a new Interview with Australia’s The Music, Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill admits the rift between former guitarist KK Downing and the band wasn’t handled well.
When asked about the relationship between Downing and himself, he said:
“Look, I was annoyed with KK for leaving the band, even though I didn’t show it,” admits Hill. “He was adamant though that he’d had enough and wanted to do other things, and I respected that. That said, I don’t see how you can be disappointed that you weren’t asked to rejoin the band when we already had a replacement lined up for Glenn [Andy Sneap]. The reality is that it would have been difficult to fit KK back in any way, given we now have two albums of new material.
“If we had known he’d felt that way about maybe coming back things might have been different, but he stayed incommunicado and the first we heard about his disappointment about not coming back was in the press.”
He further added:
“If we saw each other in a bar we would give each a hug, buy each other a beer and things would be ok. It’s just that things on a professional level, I feel, haven’t been handled in the best way – mainly on his part.”