In a recent chat with “In The Trenches With Ryan Roxie” video podcast, guitarist Richie Faulkner was asked if he has any interactions with K.K. Downing.
“The ones [I have had] with him, I say directly, through Twitter or whatever, have been positive. I mean, there was one… He said something about my payment structure, which was [laughs]… which was weird for someone to say. And it wasn’t true, which was a bit mindblowing.”
More, he commented on Downing’s dissatisfaction over the fact that he wasn’t invited to rejoin Judas Priest when Glen Tipton announced his retirement:
“That whole situation with him and the band over the last 10 years, to me, has been totally unnecessary; it’s been a bit of a sh*t show. And I don’t know why that is. To me, music aside, they should maybe pick up the phone and just talk to each other as buddies and go and have a beer and just be pals.
”You know, f*ck music for a minute; let’s just be pals. And then, whatever happens, happens. They were pals for 40 years. They lived pretty much together for 40 years, four decades.
“I wish it was different. All that weirdness of the last 10 years didn’t need to happen. If they’d parted on good terms, maybe things would be different now. But, unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”