Heavy Duty - K.K. Downing & Mark Eglinton

Heavy Duty

By K.K. Downing & Mark Eglinton

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Music
  • Size: 22.35 MB
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Memoir by the cofounder and former lead guitarist of heavy metal giants Judas Priest

Judas Priest formed in the industrial city of Birmingham, England, in 1969. With its distinctive twin-guitar sound, studs-and-leather image, and international sales of over 50 million records, Judas Priest became the archetypal heavy metal band in the 1980s. Iconic tracks like "Breaking the Law," "Living after Midnight," and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" helped the band achieve extraordinary success, but no one from the band has stepped out to tell their or the band's story until now.

As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution. In Heavy Duty, guitarist K.K. Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow heavy metal band Iron Maiden, as well as how Judas Priest found itself at the epicenter of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the '80s. 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 Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality. Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2009 concert and thought, "This is the last show." Whatever the topic, whoever's involved, K.K. doesn't hold back.


  • Ken takes a trip

    By DEC5150
    I agree that J.P. Should have been a bigger band in their heyday.I wish they had better management, I’m sure they would have been as big as VanHalen.I wish K.K. Would have told us more about his Flying V. It was seeing him play one that inspired me to get one (though I found out that was NOT the guitar for me) it started MY love affair with Gibsons.
  • Sour grapes

    By Petezilla8
    This book is 300 + pages of devastatingly sad complaints. Despite creating inspirational music, the book is essentially a gripe fest that left me to conclude that KK Downing is the Eeyore of heavy metal. There is nothing in here about the albums or songwriting. The first 80 pages are downings deprived childhood. How do you write an album like screaming for vengeance but spend nothing more on it than saying you’ve got another thing coming was a discarded outtake. Really sad.