Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Les Binks, former drummer for Judas Priest.
In the chat, Binks spoke about his current tour plans with Les Binks’ Priesthood, getting inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and the extent of his participation in KK’s Priest potential tour. Watch the full chat below.
On whether he was part of the upcoming KK’s Priest studio album
Binks: “I chatted to him (K.K. Downing) about this, and I think there was problems regarding getting (KK’s) management sorted out and getting tour dates set up, so he just decided to press on with (KK’s Priest) album Number Two. Now, the thing is that there’s another drummer involved in the band, so I presume he’s played on this album as well. The only time that I would be involved would be through a live situation as a guest performer. So as I say, until there’s some dates that are like actually confirmed I’ll have to wait and see what develops there.”
Bibnks was initially due to perform on the debut album, Sermons Of The Sinner, but had to bow out due to an injury. Drum tracks were recorded instead by Sean Elg from Cage and Deathriders
Binks joined the up-and-coming Judas Priest in March 1977 for their world tour and remained with the band for two and a half years, until July 1979, recording the studio albums Stained Class and Killing Machine, and the live album Unleashed In The East. Binks received a writing credit for the song “Beyond The Realms Of Death” from Stained Class. Binks was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year as a member of Judas Priest via the Award For Musical Excellence.
On November 11, 2022, former Judas Priest guitarist and recent inductee into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame K.K. Downing was at his club, KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, UK to catch Ugly Kid Joe’s headlining set.
Just prior to UKJ taking the stage, K.K. Downing spoke to Danny Stoakes about the current status of the second KK’s Priest album (the audio can be heard below). Downing commented: “It’s imminent, for sure. Everything’s gonna be sticky-taped and glued together, and we’ll fire it out very soon. It’s more than well on the way; we’re in the mixing process. It’s great. I can’t wait. It’s so frustrating. You just want it out now. But it will happen. So I’m looking forward to that.”
Playing alongside Downing in KK’s Priest is vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth), guitarist A.J. Mills (Hostile), bassist Tony Newton (Voodoo Six), and drummer Sean Elg (Deathriders, Cage).
KK’s Priest released their debut album, Sermons Of The Sinner, in October 2021 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.
“Sermons Of The Sinner”
“Sacerdote Y Diablo”
“Raise Your Fists”
“Brothers Of The Road”
“Metal Through And Through”
“Wild And Free”
“Hail For The Priest”
“Return Of The Sentinel”
“Return Of The Sentinel” video:
“Raise Your Fists” video:
“Sermons Of The Sinner” video:
“Hellfire Thunderbolt” video: