Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has launched a new concert venue in Wolverhampton, England. Dubbed KK’s Steel Mill, the venue will host a number of hard rock and heavy metal acts over the coming months, including U.S. rockers SKID ROW, who are booked to play there in August.
Says Downing: “It’s with great pleasure and excitement I can confirm another new chapter in my lifelong musical journey, however this time on the other side of the crowd barriers.
“As many fans may have already seen, I will be hosting live rock and metal shows at an exciting new venue close to home in Wolverhampton, based in the heart of the Midlands… ‘The Home Of Metal.’
“Last year, I was asked to visit this venue by a good friend, and together we agreed it would make an amazing place for fans to see top bands and artists close up in unique surroundings.
“The city of Wolverhampton itself and the Midlands in general has a great live music scene, with many new bands now making the breakthrough, not to mention the Old Guard of Legends still at the forefront driving the way.
“KK’s Steel Mill is very happy to have found its home at Starworks Warehouse. The historic building was the birthplace of The Star Motor Car Company around the early 1900s, and the building in its current format has kept that raw industrial feel.
“We aim to put on regular headlining shows throughout the year, and I am thrilled to announce for starters I will host American rockers SKID ROW on Friday the 24th of August when Snake, Rachel, Scotti, Rob and ZP bring their hard-hitting show to the Steel Mill.
“I’m looking forward to seeing many fans at the upcoming shows enjoy the music! I’ll probably see you at the bar.”
Downing recently released a statement in which he said that he was “shocked and stunned” that he wasn’t approached to rejoin JUDAS PRIEST following Glenn Tipton‘s announcement that he would no longer be touring with the band.
K.K. announced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011. He has since been replaced by Richie Faulkner, who was once the guitarist in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris.
In his statement, Downing said that he knows “now more clearly than ever” that he did the right thing by leaving the band when he did “as it seems that my time spent in the band, and my value in terms of crafting its huge legacy, was and is unappreciated by more than one member.”