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Jayne Andrews: ”K.K. Downing tuntui hieman hermostuneelta Judas Priestin Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame keikalla”

Kirjoittanut Arto Mäenpää - 8.12.2022

Englantilainen heavy metal -legenda Judas Priest nimitettiin hiljattain osaksi Rock N’ Rollin Hall Of Famea Microsoft Theaterissa Los Angelesissa järjestetyssä seremoniassa. Yhtye myös esiintyi seremoniassa yhdessä entisen rumpalinsa Les Binksin sekä kitaristin K.K. Downingin kanssa. Nyt Judas Priestin manageri Jayne Andrews on tuoreessa Black Sabbathin basistin Geezer Butlerin puolison Gloria Butlerin luotsaamassa Gabbing With Girlfriends -podcastin jaksossa kertonut tapaamisen K.K. Downingin sekä Les Binksin kanssa sujuneen hieman oudosti, koska hän ei ollut koskaan tavannut Les Binksia ja K.K. Downinginkin edellisestä tapaamisesta oli niin pitkä aika. Andrews kuvaili tapaamista kaksikon kanssa seuraavasti ennen seremoniaa:

”It was a bit strange, to be honest, because I dealt with everything for [K.K.] and [former PRIEST drummer] Les Binks [who was also being inducted]. Les, I’d never met him before. I never had any reason to have any dealings with him. But he seemed really nice — really friendly. He came and introduced himself to me. We bumped into him at the airport; they were on the same flight as us. And Ken just kept himself to himself. Even when he got on stage with the band [to perform at the Rock Hall], he didn’t really communicate much with anybody.”

Kun Gloria Butler kertoi koko tilanteen tuntuvan hieman surulliselta pitkän yhteisen historian jälkeen, kertoi Andrews muun bändin pyrkineen unohtamaan kaikki menneiden aikojen haasteet seremonian yhteydessä, mutta jotenkin K.K. Downing ei itse siihen tuntunut pystyvän ja pysytteli ison osan ajasta itsekseen muusta bändistä erossa. Andrews kertoi aiheesta seuraavaa:

”We all said, any grievances or problems, we put them behind us. This is a very positive time. And that’s the way we looked at it. And it’s just a shame that [K.K.] didn’t seem to look at it the same way… It’s sad for him, really, because it shows — I don’t know. It shows, really, that all the things that he says, when he had the opportunity, he didn’t take it. He could have stuck his head around the door, in the dressing room, ’cause they’d arranged separate dressing rooms. Well, there’s five of them [in PRIEST’s current lineup], anyway, in the band, so you don’t need another two in there as well. It was better, because, obviously, I didn’t know what would be happening, how the atmosphere would be. But, to me, he should have just stuck his head around the door and said, ’Thank you for inviting me on stage with you.’ ’Cause they didn’t have to [perform with Downing and Binks at the Rock Hall]. They were absolutely told, ’You can go on stage with who you want. You don’t have to go with him or with anybody. You go with your band, as you want.’ I said to the guys. I said, ’It’s a massive accolade to your careers, to honor you for what you’ve done.’ And I said, ’It’s eight and a half minutes of your life. Be the bigger men. Invite them both on stage,’ which is what they did. And to me, that would have made him the bigger man, if he had just stuck his head around the door and done that. But, you know, there you go…”

Kun Butler otti esille vuoden 2006 Blondien nimityksen jossa laulaja Deborah Harry ei halunnut esiintyä muiden kanssa, jatkoi Andrews aiheesta vielä seuraavasti:

”To be honest — and I probably shouldn’t really say this — [K.K.] seemed a little bit nervous and almost out of his depth. And when we talked about it afterwards, we thought, well, PRIEST have carried on touring all these years; he hasn’t. So he’s probably lost a bit of confidence, coming to a big event like that, obviously, [and] having to confront all of us. He didn’t know how we would be… I said we’ve got to see one person. He’s got to see six people, really — five [without] me… But it’s just a shame that once he realized that there was no animosity from our side that he didn’t just stick his head around the door and say ’thank you.’ But there we go. He didn’t, so never mind.”

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