The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been known for reunions (and potential drama) in its history. For Judas Priest, they will feature a reunion, at the very least.
When asked about which members are recognized for their Rock Hall induction in a new interview with Metal Hammer, bassist Ian Hill said, “The rule as I understand it, is whoever has been with the band for 20 years. Richie [Faulkner] is sadly not being inducted, but really deserves to be as he’s been the driving force in the band for nearly 12 years now. Dave Holland [drummer 1979-1989] was in the band for a long time and obviously Ken [guitarist K.K. Downing] will be there. Les Binks was with us all those years, as was Scott [Travis, drums] so he’ll be part of the induction too.”
When asked if the band had spoken directly to Downing, Hill said, “He’s spoken to management and said he will definitely be there. It should be good.”
Of course, whether Downing will perform with Priest during their induction has yet to be determined. The guitarist split from Priest in 2011, and there’s been various verbal jabs from Downing and current Priest members on-and-off in the press over the years. Singer Rob Halford said back in October 2020 it had “been a few years” since he spoke with Downing.
The 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with an edited version of the ceremony set to air/stream on HBO and HBO Max at a later date.