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Date Of BirthOctober 27, 1951
FactEx-guitarist in Judas Priest.


Kenneth “Ken” Downing, Jr. is an English retired heavy metal guitarist and songwriter. He was a founding member of Judas Priest, and played lead guitar on all of their albums from 1974 to 2011. He has been described as one of the most influential heavy metal guitarists of all time.

Downing was born on 27 October 1951, in Walsall, England. His father was a carpenter and his mother was a housewife. He has two older sisters. Downing was educated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and later at Walsall Manor High School.

Downing’s first guitar was a Höfner President which he bought from a local music shop. He later bought a Fender Telecaster, which he used on Judas Priest’s first album.

Downing began his career in 1968, when he formed the band Judas Priest with bassist Ian Hill. The band released their debut album, Rocka Rolla, in 1974. The album was not commercially successful, but it attracted the attention of record labels.

The band’s second album, Sad Wings of Destiny, was released in 1976. The album was a commercial success, and it established Judas Priest as a leading heavy metal band. The album’s success led to a record deal with CBS Records.

The band’s third album, Sin After Sin, was released in 1977. The album was another commercial success, and it cemented Judas Priest’s reputation as a leading heavy metal band.

The band’s fourth album, Stained Class, was released in 1978. The album was another commercial success, and it further established Judas Priest as a leading heavy metal band.

The band’s fifth album, Hell Bent for Leather, was released in 1979. The album was another commercial success, and it further established Judas Priest as a leading heavy metal band.

The band’s sixth album, British Steel, was released in 1980. The album was a commercial success, and it established Judas Priest as one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the world. The album’s success led to a world tour.

The band’s seventh album, Point of Entry, was released in 1981. The album was a commercial success, but it was not as successful as British Steel.

The band’s eighth album, Screaming for Vengeance, was released in 1982. The album was a commercial success, and it established Judas Priest as one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the world. The album’s success led to a world tour.

The band’s ninth album, Defenders of the Faith, was released in 1984. The album was a commercial success, and it established Judas Priest as one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the world. The album’s success led to a world tour.

The band’s tenth album, Turbo, was released in 1986. The album was a commercial success, but it was not as successful as Defenders of the Faith.

The band’s eleventh album, Ram It Down, was released in 1988. The album was a commercial success, but it was not as successful as Turbo.

The band’s twelfth album, Painkiller, was released in 1990. The album was a commercial success, and it established Judas Priest as one of the most popular heavy metal bands in the world. The album’s success led to a world tour.

Downing retired from Judas Priest in 2011 due to health reasons. He has since been replaced by Richie Faulkner.

Downing has an estimated net worth of $40 million. He has earned his fortune through his career as a musician and songwriter.

General Info

Full NameK. K. Downing
Date Of BirthOctober 27, 1951
ProfessionGuitarist, Songwriter, Breakin' the Law, Painkiller, You've Got Another Thing Comin'

Accomplishments

Music GroupsJudas Priest

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Facts

#Fact
1Retired from Judas Priest after performing with them for over 40 years. [April 2011]
2Ex-guitarist in Judas Priest.

Pictures

Movies

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drugaí Marú IIShort writer: "Turbo Lover" filming
Copycat2016writer: "Turbo Lover"
Revolution2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metalhead2013writer: "Victim Of Changes"
Dampfnudelblues2013writer: "Breaking the law"
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone2013writer: "You've Got Another Thing Comin" - as Kenneth Downing
Metal Evolution2011TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Bad Teacher2011writer: "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" - as Kenneth Downing
United States of Tara2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Van Halen2009Video Game writer: "Painkiller"
Brütal Legend2009Video Game writer: "Leather Rebel", "One Shot at Glory", "Painkiller", "The Hellion / Electric Eye"
Madden NFL 20102009Video Game writer: "Painkiller"
Nitro Circus2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Adventureland2009writer: "Breaking the Law"
Remarkable Power2008writer: "Deal With The Devil", "Judas Rising" - as Kenneth Downing
SingStar Amped2007Video Game writer: "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
Full Metal Village2006Documentary writer: "Breaking The Law"
Prey2006Video Game writer: "You Got Another Thing Comin"
The Simpsons2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Air Guitar Nation2006Documentary lyrics: "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" / music: "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories2006Video Game writer: "Electric Eye"
Guitar Hero2005Video Game writer: "You [sic] Got Another Thing Comin'"
Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story2005Documentary writer: "Living After Midnight"
Gran Turismo 42004Video Game writer: "Free Wheel Burning" - as Kenneth Downing
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video Game writer: "You've Got another Thing Comin'"
Ash Wednesday2002writer: "Deceiver" - as KK Downing
Run Ronnie Run2002writer: "Breaking the Law"
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec2001Video Game writer: "Turbo Lover"
Bride of Chucky1998writer: "Bloodstained" - as Kenneth Downing
Beavis and Butt-Head1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heavy Metal Parking Lot1986Video documentary short lyrics: "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", "Living After Midnight", "Turbo Lover", "Heading Out to the Highway" / music: "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", "Living After Midnight", "Turbo Lover", "Heading Out to the Highway"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentary writer: "Victim of Changes" - uncredited
Top of the Pops1980TV Series writer - 3 episodes

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Judas Priest Live: British Steel2010TV MovieGuitar, Vocals

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Metal Evolution2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Seven Ages of Rock2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Gene Simmons: Family Jewels2006TV SeriesHimself
Judas Priest: Electric Eye2003VideoHimself - guitar
Behind the Music2001TV Series documentary
Classic Albums: Judas Priest - British Steel2001Video documentaryHimself
In a Metal Mood1996DocumentaryHimself
Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest1992DocumentaryHimself (Judas Priest guitarist)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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