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October 2008:

Jane T., Minnesota USA:

Hi Ken!

First off...have to say I just saw you recently at The Myth in Minnesota.  What an awesome show!! Well worth the wait. You guys always amaze me. All the energy and a few different songs tossed in that I've not heard live before.

Also, have to say I love the new Nostradamus cd set!  You guys did an incredible job with portraying this man's life to music. 

My question to you is...how many sets of stage clothes do you guys travel with?  It's not like you wear clothes that can just be sent out for dry-cleaning ;-)  And who has the lovely job of maintaining them while you're on a long tour?

Keep on rockin!  I can't wait to see you live again!!!

 

Hi Jane. I’ve got just 2 sets but we have a wardrobe lady on tour with us. I think Rob does about 10 different changes during a show. Glad you enjoyed the show!

Regards K.K.


Garric Schippe, Spokane, W:

Hey K.K.! I'm a long time Judas Priest fan and guitar player and I have 3 questions for you:

1. At the end of  your Painkiller solo, when Halford screams it's very hard to hear what notes you are playing. Does the solo end before that or what?

2. In the Hellrider solo, before you and Glenn play the interlude section, you play this bit that sounds like sweep picking. How is that played?

3. Do you have any plans of releasing a Signature model in the future? And if so will there be a more affordable version (like ESP LTD sort of thing). And if not, is there any current guitar model out there that is close to one of yours?

Thanks for your time!


Hi Garric. Yes Rob has started to do one of his infamous screams over my solo but you can check what it should be on the album. You are right about the sweep picking but I would struggle to tell you how to do it in this response. However, it’s all in e-minor. I have new guitars now made by KxK guitars in San Diego, have 2 at the moment. I think the makers would be prepared to hand-make you one but you would have to speak to them

Regards K.K.

Christian, Sweden:

Hi K.K.!
 
First off - Thanks for being better than ever! Words cannot describe how inspiring it is, both as a guitarist and as a headbanger in general, to see you for example playing the 'Sinner' solos in 2008. Incredible! Me and my girlfriend saw you six times in June and it seemed those solos were just getting wilder by each and every night. Too bad we didn't get to meet you. We actually saw you on your way from the hotel to the tour bus in Ostrava, but didn't want to disrupt you as we kind of guessed you were in a hurry. Next time...
 
A question that has stuck with me for a long time is why a concert at Konserthuset (Stockholm, Sweden) was cancelled in 1981? It was supposed to be held on March 8th and was to be the last gig of the European spring tour. As far as I know all the other concerts on this leg of the tour went on, but not the one in Sweden. It would be interesting to know as it was supposed to be the first Priest concert in Sweden (if you didn't play here in your pre-'Rocka Rolla'-days, that is). I have tried to look in old papers from 1981, asked on different internet forums, asked the organizer (EMA Telstar), but everything concerning this gig is so obscure. No-one knows anything.

I guess it's really hard for you to remember this one concert among a million, but maybe there's some old scratch book or something laying around, concealing this secret, hehe...
 
A thing I have noticed on 'Nostradamus' is that you've somewhat developed your playing style even more, and added some "shredding" parts in the solos; is there any special story about this or is it just that you felt that this style suits the majestic sounds of a rock opera more than a "usual" Priest album?
 
All the best!

 

Hi Christian. Sorry but it was so long ago. I will ask the question but I do not have too much hope. With my soloing I always try to do what suits the material best but I am often torn between what I like best - that's add lib stuff like “Sinner” etc. - and more faster controlled stuff like “One Shot At Glory” etc. Also I like to invent some new things that are unique to me. Thanks for the strong support this summer!

Regards K.K.

Jak:

Hi K.K.!! First of all, I want to thank you for being such an inspiration to me. I'll never forget when I was listening to our friends in a JP tribute and it drove us to buy a CD (I’m sorry, I’m young, I wasn't familiar at all with you guys) and after buying the double disc essential, it was only two months later we bought 12 more albums, haha! Trying to figure out what you and Glenn did would be so much fun, having easy rocking tunes and then blast full backup vocals and effects would be a challenge. But dangit, on “Painkiller” album, there's a sound that is the first thing on your second lead run part of “Metal Meltdown,” it sounds like there's a weird tongue-roll effect your guitar does or it sounds like a really mean huge bird chirping at exactly 3:01 timing. When I heard it, my jaw dropped and I wanted to MAKE THAT SOUND!! It's so cool! You also do it on an “Angel Of Retribution” song I think. Please tell me how did you do that? My singer and I bought backstage passes for Glenn Helen at California, so I cannot wait to meet you and Glenn. Thanks so much!


Hi Jak. I just had a quick listen and they are split octaves combined with the whammy bar, not so difficult. Hope you enjoyed the show.

Regards K.K.

Tom Cedzyński, Poland:

Hi K.K.

I have been your great fan for a few years. I'm writing to you cause there are a few things I'd like to let you know. First, I was at the concert in Ostrava, the Czech Republic which was on 17.6.2008. I was one of the people who were waving Polish flag close to the stage. When you were standing and thanking everybody before the "Hell Bent For Leather" I threw the flag with "Judas Priest" sign on it (I had made it myself especially for you) at you. You caught it and showed it to the fans. I would like to thank you for that on behalf of all Polish fans. It meant a lot to us. We are very proud of what you have done. Could I ask you to take a photo of yourself or yourself and the rest of the group while holding the Polish flag? If you sent it to me I would make it available to all Polish fans. We would be really grateful. My parents took some photos of a good quality as well and I think one of them would look good on your European Tour 2008 Photos section of the official JP website. Once again I would like to thank you for what you have done for Polish fans. I'm waiting for your answer.


Hi Tom. I will see what I can do, if not we are hoping to tour Europe including Poland in February so maybe we could fix up something again. With the photos I will ask Jari to post them on the Steel Mill and if he could send them to JP.com also.

Regards K.K.

Dave:

Hi, been a lifelong Priest fan for all of my 21 years! All the original records past down from my old man! Anyways it'd just be amazing if K.K. listened to our stuff! Even if he thought we were shit haha.. www.myspace.com/savagemessiahmetal

 

Hi Dave. Good luck with the new CD, you will be in good hands with Chris. The tracks sound good now but he should take you to another level.

Regards K.K.

Margo Lopez, Seymour, IN:

Hello K.K . I love your website and I love you. In eighteen more days I will see Judas Priest for the first time.  I have been a Priest fan since I was 12. Finally I will see you guys perform at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Chicago. I can't wait, I'll be in section 104 (stage right where you stand of course) row H seat 18. What do you do to maintain that sexy figure of yours?  Are you on a special diet and exercise program? If so, how do you maintain that on the road with all the demands of touring?  ou are absolutely a very sexy man. One of these days we will meet (I hope) and I will wrap my arms and legs around you and Eat You Alive and Love You To Death. And give you a kiss on the cheek like that good looking Lichtenstein girl in your video blog. Please do more video blogs, those are cooler than just writing. Could you make the video blogs a little bit longer too?


Hi Margo. Thanks for the kind words and I really hope you enjoyed the show. To be honest I am always on a bit of a diet but mainly try to stay away from food high in fat. Other than that a good workout every night on stage helps a lot.

Regards K.K.

Rita:
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Hi Ken, I hope you are OK...
Just a short note, Kenny: I'm so glad about Judas Priest concert here in Sao Paulo, just because it's a special date to me: It'll be in the same week of my birthday and... what a gift!!!  And I'd like to tell you that I'm trying hard to finish "your book" and I hope to give you the first "special copy" to your own hands, I mean, I hope I'm able to do it, of course!
Cheers...
Rita KK

PS: My English isn't good enough yet, so Adrian is helping me. He is a great friend of mine, maybe one of the oldest Priest fans here in Brazil. He was the 3rd Fan Profile in your site, STEEL MILL

ghHi Rita. Yes I am fine thanks. We are still on tour and leave today for Korea. We are looking forward to it as we have never been there before but we know we have many fans over there.

Regards K.K.

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Laura, US:
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Throughout your entire career with Judas Priest, what song was the most fun to record?


ghHi Laura. That's a tough one but Chris Tsangaredes says when I was recording the solo to “Victim Of Changes” he saw me throwing the same shapes as though I was on the stage. It was then that he asked his boss if he could work on the rest of the album with us. I guess he thought that we were a bit mad to do that in the studio but I obviously thought that was what you were supposed to do therefore I was obviously enjoying myself to the max.

Regards K.K.

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Karen Wilson:
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Hi! I saw the Toronto show last night and have to say that you guys were awesome! Thank you for a great night of music. My question for you is...

What is your fondest memory of Toronto from any of your visits over the years?

Cheers

ghHi Karen. Of course we have many fond memories of the great gigs in Toronto over the years but I must say the Molson amphitheatre just seems to get better every time. It has such a great atmosphere and I think that the audience reacts to that as well as the band.

Regards K.K.

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Debbie, Long Island:
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Hello K.K.

I saw Judas Priest at Jones Beach on Aug. 8 and Priest was awesome. It went a bit fast, before I knew it show was over. I wish it was longer and that I had better seats. Well I've been a Priest fan for 26 years, and you still Rock my World. I was wondering, if I may, ask a little more personal questions?  Where do you spend your down time and what do you usually do? I have this very old magazine which has an interview with you and it says that you like golf, tennis and fast cars. Is that still true? What is your favourite food? Do you have a home in the US? Thank you in advance K.K. for answering my questions. Maybe someday I'll be able to meet you (It would be a god send). Take care & KEEP THE FAITH!

Hi Debbie. I guess like it is for so many these days, time is our enemy. We seem more than ever to spend too much time working, opening bills and junk mail, taxing and insuring the car, going to the supermarket etc. etc. And doesn't it seem to take forever these days to get anything done? Anyway I am fortunate to have lots of fields and woodland with lakes and streams that I just like to go walking in and through even when it’s raining just to savour what nature has given us. But as you say I am quite the sporty type also and I like to cook and to be honest I don't mind mowing the lawn or driving a tractor or even painting the garden shed. So to sum it up I think I enjoy doing everything, nothing really seems to be a chore as long as I am not standing in a line.

Regards K.K.

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Mario Saucedo, San Antonio, TX:
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Hey K.K., my name is Mario and I've been a Priest fan as long as I can remember. Since I started playing guitar I have tried to emulate the guitar tone of the “Painkiller” album. I've read that you used the piranha on the album and I spent months tracking down the preamp and now many hours tweaking the thing but it never sounds quite right. Do you remember what settings you used? I'm also a big fan of the flying v and that red mini v you used in the “Painkiller/Burn In Hell” video is the coolest guitar I've ever seen. It made me a V fan and it's the holy grail of guitars to me. Keep up the good work.

ghHi Mario. I did not use the Piranha until the “Jugulator” tour so I guess I was still using my Pete Cornish rig which is basically a range master treble boost going into the top right low gain channel of a fifty watt Marshall. There are still companies that make copy's of the range master.

Regards K.K.

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Pete:
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K.K., I have to start by giving you and all the guys in Priest a heart felt THANK YOU for creating and sharing great music for so many years. You guys are absolutely THE BEST! My son and I caught your show in San Bernardino last Saturday. At 23, Nick was raised on Judas Priest and told me this..."of all the bands I've listened to in my life, I've had more hours and more enjoyment listening to Judas Priest than any other band...I wouldn't miss them for anything"!  Seeing you guys live made both of us GLOW!

I have a couple of silly questions for ya. I've always wondered what you guys typically do during the day before the gig. Also, when do you usually show up at the venue? Do you still get anxious before going on stage? Just wondering.

When you guys came to Bakersfield several years ago, I heard that you went golfing with the owner of the club. How cool is that! You signed my [Explorer] guitar after that show...THANKS! Congrats on quitting smoking. That means you should be around for a long time! Keep Rockin’, K.K. and stay healthy!


ghHi Pete. To be honest our schedule these days means that we inevitably spend at least most if not all of the day before travelling to the next gig. In fact we sometimes have to leave straight after the show to travel all night too. If I have any nerves at all it’s because I want everything to go well. Usually I worry that the sound is going to be good for everyone

Regards K.K.

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Jeanine, Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
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K.K., wonderful shows! Thank you so much. This summer I saw Judas Priest in Chicago and Las Vegas. The weekend we were all in Las Vegas I had to leave my home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where they were celebrating the 105th anniversary of Harley Davidson motorcycle. Milwaukee is home of Harley Davidson and every five years since the 95th anniversary they have hosted this celebration. This year, acts like Bruce Springsteen, Kid Rock, Foo Fighters, Three Days Grace, ZZ Top, Joan Jett and others played here. I could not help but think that Judas Priest would be perfect for this event. You would have the perfect setlist: Turbo Lover, Rock Hard, Ride Free, Freewheel Burning, Heading Out To The Highway, Riding On The Wind, Take On The World, Living After Midnight, Wheels Of Fire, Hellrider of course Hell Bent For Leather where Rob comes out on the Harley and more. The next celebration is the 110th in the year 2013. It is a ways off but please consider it. If you wanted to do this I could definitely do some digging for you.


ghHi Jeanine. That sounds like a cool idea. Can’t think why we were not asked before now. I will pass your letter on to our manager.

Regards K.K.

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Bev:
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Hi Ken, (more commentary than question; hope you get to read it)

I've had a week now to digest my trip to Vegas.  A couple of highlights:

Meeting a few of the key contributors on JudasPriest.com's "Sinfully Delicious" thread in person, including: judaspriestess, Halford's Doll, Healer, Jeanine, Mara; and some new members: WhiskeyWoman, and paperflowers. Also met two guys, responsible for arranging the meetup at the LooseCaboose, Deep Freeze and DMAN66. Another highlight happened as I was walking up to the "Pearl." I saw someone who looked familiar. I couldn't place him at first. It didn't take long to realize it was "Nico" the fan highlighted at the Steel Mill in July. He's cool - has great energy! Finally, meeting the folks sitting near me during the show. One couple hadn't been to a Priest show since Defenders! I remember the guy telling the couple next to them (after “Messenger Of Death”) he felt he was having a spiritual experience. In addition to hearing “Prophecy” played live, my favourite part of the show - your solo, in “Sinner!” Glad you all decided to include it in the set list. Thanks for being a part of a couple of some cherished memories past.

"The more I know, the less I need to say" John Rohn


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Hi Bev. There are a lot of names there that I recognise, perhaps next time if such a group gets together drop me a line and I will come say hi.

Regards K.K.

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Todd:
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Saw you guys in Jersey and Vegas, you guys kicked ass. It was like my 7th time seeing you and you were awesome.

Just a few questions. What kind of bike does Rob ride during the show? I know that he rides for pleasure and was wondering if any of you other guys own bikes and ride?

Lastly, do you know Biker Babe from your MySpace page and if you do, can I get her phone number.She's fucking HOT. Ahhhhhh, to be a Rockstar.


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Hi Todd. Rob uses a Harley on stage and yes we have all had bikes at different times, and you are not wrong!!!!!

Regards K.K.