K.K. Downing will join forces with Megadeth’s David Ellefson and two of his ex-Judas Priest band mates plus for a very special show this autumn.
Taking place at Downing’s titular venue, K.K.’s Steel Mill, in Wolverhampton on Sunday 3rd November, the unique concert is the opening date of Ellefson’s More Live With Deth Tour.
Ellefson has confirmed two dates in the UK - K.K.’s Steel Mill and Camden Undeworld on Monday 4th November – as part of his European solo tour, featuring a full band playing songs from his recent solo release Sleeping Giants, and other metal classics.
Making the Wolverhampton date extra special, following the set from Ellefson’s Sleeping Giants band there will be a full performance of Judas Priest classics with K.K. Downing, former Priest drummer Les Binks, and ex-vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens.
Former Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley will also open proceedings on the night.
As if that wasn’t enough to tempt you, K.K.’s Steel Mill will also host a special pre-show VIP event where fans can attend a book signing event for Ellefson’s recently-released autobiography ‘More Life With Deth’.
There will be a one-on-one Q&A session with Ellefson, Downing and co-author Thom Hazaert, helmed by Mark Eglinton who co-authored K.K. Downing’s candid memoir ‘Heavy Duty Days and Nights in Judas Priest’.
Tickets to the Wolverhampton show are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets at 5pm on Wednesday 18th September. London tickets are on sale now.
K.K. Downing, who performed live for the first time in a decade at Bloodstock Open Air in August, says: “I am very pleased to have been asked to perform a unique and special concert with Megadeth’s David Ellefson to celebrate the release of his new book More Life With Deth.
“The concert will also bring about the opportunity to play again with some very dear and talented metal legends from the past, the combination of these icons will for sure enable us to deliver up one of the most exciting concerts this year, so much so that it would not be out of place to call this the ultimate ass kicking “MegaPriest” fest, and is one that is not to be missed.”
David Ellefson adds:, “I speak very candidly in my new book More Life with Deth about the significance Judas Priest played in my early musical trajectory, specifically the ‘Unleashed in the East’ live album with its picture-perfect image of what heavy metal should look and sound like. To me that album, along with its powerful cover image, captured the excitement I felt for a new era of music, one that would transition me from my roots in American Hard Rock over to that of British Heavy Metal.
“Over the years K.K and I became fast friends while we toured together with Priest & Megadeth, and I’m beyond thrilled to perform together onstage with him and his former Priest band mates, as we light up the Steel Mill together for a night of molten metal classics!”
He continues, “Thom (Hazaert) and I have been touring all summer across the USA supporting the new book and our SLEEPING GIANTS release. Plus “Ripper” and I have shared stages all around the world in the last decade or so, and now to add Les Binks in the mix, who to my generation was the ultimate metal double bass drummer, this has become the ultimate ‘metal’ family reunion!”
See David Ellefson at the following shows:
Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill – 3rd (featuring K.K. Downing, Les Binks and Tim “Ripper” Owens)
London Camden Underworld – 4th