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K.K. Downing

K.K. Downing

Real/full name:
Kenneth Downing, Jr.
72 (born Oct 27th, 1951)
Place of birth:
United Kingdom (Birmingham, West Midlands, England)


K. K. Downing first started playing the guitar after he dropped out of school and was kicked out of his home.

On April 20, 2011, he announced his departure from the band he co-founded, citing retirement. However, in his autobiography, he cites severe dissatisfaction with the band's management, namely that a (perceived) coalition between Glenn Tipton and Jayne Andrews were edging him out of the ...


Owns and runs Steel Mill, a rock/metal concert venue in Wolverhampton, UK.

Stagecoach was K.K.'s first band, which he joined in order to start having some kind of income from music. They played pop covers.

It was early Judas Priest manager Dave "Corky" Corke, who gave him the handle "K.K.", by writing his name as Ken "K.K." Downing on an early gig poster. He liked it, and kept it.

In ...

KK's Priest

Guitars (2019-present)

2021 Sermons of the Sinner Songwriting, Guitars
2023 The Sinner Rides Again Guitars


Guitars (1969-1970)

Judas Priest

Guitars (1970-2011)

1974 Rocka Rolla (Single) Guitars
1974 Rocka Rolla Guitars, Songwriting (tracks 1-10)
1976 Tyrant (Single) Guitars
1976 The Ripper (Single) Guitars
1976 Sad Wings of Destiny Songwriting (track 1, 3, 4, 7, 9), Guitars
1976 Deceiver (Single) Guitars
1977 Dissident Aggressor (Single) Guitars
1977 The Best of Judas Priest (Compilation) Guitars
1977 Sin After Sin Guitars
1977 Diamonds and Rust / Dissident Aggressor (Single) Guitars
1978 Hell Bent for Leather (Single) Guitars
1978 Better by You, Better than Me (Single) Guitars
1978 Exciter (Single) Guitars
1978 Stained Class Guitars, Songwriting (tracks 6, 7)
1978 Before the Dawn (Single) Guitars
1978 Evening Star (Single) Guitars
1978 Killing Machine Guitars
1978 Take On the World (Single) Guitars
1979 Diamonds and Rust (Single) Guitars
1979 Hell Bent for Leather Guitars
1979 Unleashed in the East (Live album) Guitars
1979 Rock Forever (Single) Guitars
1980 Living After Midnight (Single) Guitars
1980 British Steel Guitars, Songwriting, Lyrics
1980 Breaking the Law (Single) Guitars
1980 United / Grinder (Single) Guitars
1981 Heading Out to the Highway (Single) Guitars
1981 Sinner (Single) Guitars
1981 Hot Rockin' / Troubleshooter - Live (Single) Guitars
1981 Hero, Hero (Compilation) Guitars
1981 Don't Go (Single) Guitars
1981 Point of Entry Guitars
1981 Hot Rockin' (Single) Guitars
1981 Heavy Metal Express (Split) Guitars
1982 (Take These) Chains (Single) Guitars
1982 World Tour '82 (Compilation) Guitars
1982 Screaming for Vengeance Guitars
1982 You've Got Another Thing Coming (Single) Guitars
1983 Judas Priest Live (Video) Guitars
1983 Judas Priest (Compilation) Guitars
1983 Freewheel Burning (Single) Guitars
1984 The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown) (Single) Guitars
1984 Love Bites (Single) Guitars
1984 + Heavy (Split) Guitars
1984 Screaming '84 (Compilation) Guitars
1984 Prime Cuts - Heavy Metal (Split video) Guitars
1984 Defenders of the Faith Guitars
1984 Some Heads Are Gonna Roll (Single) Guitars
1986 Parental Guidance (Single) Guitars
1986 Fuel for Life (Video) Guitars
1986 Turbo Lover (Single) Guitars
1986 Turbo Guitars
1986 Locked In (Single) Guitars
1987 Beyond Metal (Compilation) Guitars
1987 Priest... Live! (Live album) Guitars
1987 Priest... Live! (Video) Guitars
1988 Ram It Down / Heavy Metal (Single) Guitars
1988 Delivering the Goods (Compilation) Guitars
1988 Johnny B. Goode (Single) Guitars
1988 Ram It Down Guitars
1989 Trouble Shooters (Compilation) Guitars
1989 British Steel / Killing Machine (Compilation) Guitars
1989 The Collection (Compilation) Guitars
1990 A Touch of Evil (Single) Guitars
1990 Painkiller (Single) Guitars
1990 Black Sabbath / Judas Priest (Split) Guitars
1990 Painkiller Guitars, Songwriting (tracks 1-10)
1991 Painkiller (Video) Guitars
1991 The Ultimate in Heavy Metal (Split) Guitars
1991 Operation Rock & Roll (Split video) Guitars
1991 Top Heavy Metal Music Video (Split video) Guitars
1993 Night Crawler (Single) Guitars
1993 Metal Works '73-'93 (Video) Guitars
1995 Metal Gods Best (Compilation) Guitars
1996 Prisoners of Pain (Compilation) Guitars
1997 Loud & Proud - Six Pack (Six Great Hits) (Split) Guitars
1997 Jugulator Guitars, Songwriting
1998 Bullet Train (Single) Guitars
1998 '98 Live Meltdown (Live album) Guitars
2000 Genocide (Compilation) Guitars
2001 Machine Man (Single) Guitars
2001 Demolition Guitars
2002 Live in London (Video) Guitars
2003 Live in London (Live album) Guitars
2003 Electric Eye (Video) Guitars
2005 Angel of Retribution Guitars, Songwriting
2005 Rising in the East (Video) Guitars
2008 Visions (Single) Guitars
2008 Nostradamus EP (Single) Guitars
2008 Nostradamus Guitars, Guitars (synthesized)
2009 A Touch of Evil: Live (Live album) Guitars
2021 Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music (Compilation) Guitars (tracks 1-5, 7-16)
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Guitars (2019)


As Ken Downing:

Al Atkins

2017 Reloaded Guitars (track 11)

King Diamond

1989 Conspiracy Guitars (lead) (track 7)


2013 Frequency Unknown Guitars (lead) (track 6)

Violent Storm

2005 Violent Storm Guitars (lead) (tracks 1, 10)
2006 Storm Warning Guitars (lead) (tracks 1, 3)


2011 Eve of Destruction Producer, Mixing
2016 New World Disorder Producer

Judas Priest

1976 Sad Wings of Destiny Producer
1977 Sin After Sin Producer
1978 Stained Class Producer
1980 British Steel Producer
1984 Defenders of the Faith Original cover concept
1986 Parental Guidance (Single) Mixing
1986 Turbo Lover (Single) Mixing
1986 Turbo Mixing
1986 Locked In (Single) Mixing
1988 Ram It Down / Heavy Metal (Single) Producer
1988 Johnny B. Goode (Single) Producer
1988 Ram It Down Co-Producer
1990 A Touch of Evil (Single) Mixing
1990 Painkiller Cover art (concept), Recording, Mixing
1993 Night Crawler (Single) Mixing
1997 Jugulator Producer
1998 Bullet Train (Single) Producer
2008 Visions (Single) Producer, Mixing
2008 Nostradamus EP (Single) Producer, Mixing
2008 Nostradamus Producer, Mixing
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KK's Priest

2021 Sermons of the Sinner Producer, Mixing
2023 The Sinner Rides Again Engineering, Producer

Violent Storm

2006 Storm Warning Executive producer
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