K.K. Downing Calls Out Judas Priest Over Unfair Treatment Against Tim Ripper Owens

In a new interview with THAT Rocks!, K.K. Downing called out his former bandmates for ‘erasing’ the albums from streaming platforms that Tim Ripper Owens contributed.

When the host highlighted that the two studio albums Owens made with Judas Priest — ‘Jugulator’ and ‘Demolition’ in 2001 — are not accessible on major streaming platforms, Downing responded with the following statement:

“It just seems like they’ve — the desire is to want to erase those songs, which is extremely unfair, really, because it’s a part of my musical history, Tim’s musical history, and [it’s] very, very sad. Not to make those albums available to the fans is just crazy, really.”

Owens Did Not Get A Mention For Priest’s Rock Hall Induction

Owens joined Judas Priest in 1996 after catching the band’s attention through a videotape of his performance with the cover band British Steel, given to them by the drummer. At that time, Judas Priest was in search of a new vocalist to replace Rob Halford, who has since reunited with the band.

Priest was among the inductees of the 2022 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, where they performed ‘Breaking The Law.’ Despite his contributions to the band, Owens, in his words, did not ‘even get a mention.’ He shared during an earlier interview:

“I was just shocked that I didn’t even get a mention or a call from the band. Almost 10 years and a Grammy nomination and all that. I would’ve liked to have heard a ‘Thank you’ or maybe on stage a ‘thank you,’ but it’s not shocking. And that’s what happens. They erased my part of the Judas Priest history, so it’s not shocking.”

The albums Owens contributed to are available only on YouTube for now.

You can watch the interview below.