Heavy Duty Heavy Duty

Heavy Duty

Days and Nights in Judas Priest

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Publisher Description

Get a backstage pass and see Judas Priest like you’ve never seen them before in this electrifying memoir by the band’s cofounder and former lead guitarist.
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.

Biographies & Memoirs
September 18
Hachette Books
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

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KK Downing / Heavy Duty

I’m a huge Judas Priest fan and this book is amazing
KK Downing’s book really shows what an intelligent and amazing musician / person he is

SqueezyG ,

Great book!

Overall I really enjoyed reading this book. It has great stories, is very detailed, gets to the point and is very concise. Many people have criticize Kk for complaining a lot about the life that he has, while this may be true throughout the book, overall he’s a very grateful person. I’ve been a Judas Priest fan since the early 80s and I so appreciate his contribution to heavy-metal. Without KK and his vision, Judas Priest would not be where they are today. If you are a Judas Priest fan, I highly recommend this book, it is well worth the read.

Keger1108 ,

Not very good.

Did not care after a few pages

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