Review By Darren McIntyre
Kenneth Keith Downing Jr from West Bromwich, West Midlands is probably best known as a former member of the metal band Judas Priest. KK formed KK’s Priest in Jan 2020 and set about bringing the best the music world had to offer, the result was the debut album Sermons Of The Sinner which was greatly received far and wide, fast forward to 2023 and the band The Sinner Rides Again to hit us right between the eyes. KK and the boys hit the road on Saturday on the first night of the tour which saw them showcase several new tracks from this stunning new record, tonight the boys hit Glasgow and rolled into SWG3 to entertain us as we kick off tonight’s proceedings with –
What a night, metalheads! KK’s Priest descended upon SWG3 like a thunderstorm of classic heavy metal, and I was there to witness the mayhem unfold. Let me tell you, folks, it was nothing short of spectacular!
From the moment the lights dimmed and the iconic riffs of “Hellfire Thunderbolt” ripped through the air, it was clear that KK Downing and his band meant business. The man himself, with that unmistakable Flying V guitar, commanded the stage like a true metal legend. His guitar work was as sharp and precise as ever, and his stage presence was electrifying.
The band’s setlist was a perfect blend of Judas Priest classics and songs from their debut album, “Sermons of the Sinner.” and their epic follow-, up “The Sinner Rides Again” Ripper Owens, who has previously filled in for Halford, proved once again that he is more than capable of handling the vocal duties. His range and power were impressive, and he did justice to the Priest classics like “Breaking the Law” and “Night Crawler.”
KK’s Priest also showcased their new material, and I have to say, “Sermons of the Sinner” is a killer album. Tracks like “Hellfire Thunderbolt” and “Raise Your Fists” had the crowd headbanging and raising their horns in approval. The chemistry between the band members was palpable, and it was evident that they were having a blast on stage.
The setlist was crammed full of old classics and plenty of new tracks to keep us entertained for sure, the chat from Ripper and the chanting from us just heightened the frenzy surrounding tonight’s show, my old buddy Tony Newton was front and centre and driving his bass forward with precision.
The stage production was top-notch, with a backdrop featuring the iconic KK logo plenty of video feeds to keep us entertained and plenty of pyrotechnics to keep the adrenaline pumping. The crowd at SWG3 was on fire, and the energy in the room was contagious. It was a metal family reunion, with fans of all ages coming together to celebrate the music that has defined generations.
KK’s Priest didn’t just deliver a concert; they delivered a metal masterclass. It was a night of pure, unadulterated heavy metal that left everyone in attendance with sore necks and hoarse voices. If you’re a fan of Judas Priest or classic metal in general, do not miss the chance to see KK’s Priest live. They are carrying the torch of metal greatness, and they’re doing it with style and power. Horns up, metalheads!
KK’s Priest –
Tim ‘ Ripper ‘ Owens – Lead Vocals
KK Downing – Guitar
AJ Mills – Guitar
Tony Newton – Bass
Sean Elg – Drums
One More Shot At Glory
Reap The Whirlwind
Sermons Of The Sinner
Burn In Hell
Beyond The Realms Of Death
Brothers Of The Road
The Green Manalishi
Breaking The Law
Victim Of Changes
Raise Your Fists
Strike Of The Viper