Judas Priest guitarist explains departure

K.K. Downing performs with Judas Priest on Feb. 21, 2009. The heavy metal group said on April 20, 2011 that he had left the band. (JudasPriest.com)

April 25, 2011 6:21:24 AM PDT
Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing says his departure from the band is not about his health, but about his relationships.

Judas Priest announced Downing won't be part of their final world tour. Downing has issued a statement saying health-wise, he's fine, but he adds, "There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band's management for some time."

He says he'd rather step down from the tour than "tour with negative sentiments."

Still, he says fans should still support Judas Priest and the shows are ones not to be missed.