Former Judas Priest Guitarist Announces New Memoir

Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing retired from the band in 2011, but clearly didn’t use the years afterward to kick back and relax.

Downing is set to release a new memoir, Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest, on Sept. 18. The book is co-authored by Mark Eglinton.

In the book, Downing will invite readers to explore his impoverished upbringing in Birmingham, U.K., and how–at the age of 15–his love of music propelled him to drop out of school at the age of 15, escape his abusive and mentally ill father, and eventually form Priest with Rob Halford and co-guitarist Glenn Tipton. Downing’s tales will cover tours with Iron Maiden (and the rivalry that followed), AC/DC, and the period where the band was targeted by the Tipper Gore lead PMRC.

He also describes his role in cementing the band’s trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality, according to press materials.

The book is now available for pre-order HERE.

In addition to penning his book, Downing is enjoying his time on the golf course! Watch him in action below: