If You Think K.K. Downing Kicked Ass, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

The ex-Judas Priest guitarist tries his memory at Rockers' Block, and it was more a less a metal meltdown


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Some music artists have released literally hundreds of songs over the years, to say nothing of the ones deemed too shitty to release. BlastEcho wondered if those involved in recording so many songs could remember them all. Enter Rockers’ Block.

For each Rockers’ Block contestant, we play five random songs from their catalog, each song from the beginning, to see how long it takes for them to guess (well, maybe guess isn’t the right word) the correct song. Then once they do (hopefully), they talk a bit about the song.


Forgive K.K. Downing for scoring miserably on Rockers’ Block. After all, it’s been five years since the guitarist left Judas Priest and 42 since Priest released their first album, Rocka Rolla. And there were 15 more after that. That’s a whole lotta songs to remember or, as you’ll soon see, forget.

“All the Way” from 1981’s Point of Entry

After 7.9 seconds.

Is it “Troubleshooter?” [from Point of Entry]?

It is not.

After 19. 1 seconds.


No, you got me there, I think.

It’s “All the Way.” Remember it?

Yeah, I do now. Off Point of Entry, right? We have a helluva catalog. That was a tough one, anyway.


“Hot for Love” from 1986’s Turbo

After 7.1 seconds.

No, you have to play more, I think.

After 34.5 seconds.

No, it’s on Turbo though, I think.


“Island of Domination” from 1976’s Sad Wings of Destiny

After 16. 9 seconds.


Should I keep going?

Yeah, go for it.

After 28.2 seconds.

No, I can’t figure out the title. I think it’s off [1977’s] Sin After Sin, though. I could be wrong.

“Island of Domination.”

Wow, I don’t know what album that’s on either. I’m rubbish at this. I’ve seen guys do this before and I’ve laughed at them.


“Rock Forever” from 1978’s Killing Machine

After 6.8 seconds.




[Laughs] Yeah, go for it.

After 13.4 seconds.


Just a second. No, I’m gonna get it.

After 57.8 seconds.

Was it “Rock Forever?” Which album was that on?

Killing Machine.

It was such a long time ago, wasn’t it? I can remember doing the album. Everything’s just morphed into one picture, really, and one sound. It’s crazy. I guess I’ve traveled a lot of miles and done a lot of shows and drunk a few bottles of Heineken.


“Decapitate” from 1997’s Jugulator

After 9 seconds.

That’s “Decapitate.” This is a good exercise, actually. I’m probably good for 20 years [ago]. I had a great time doing that record. I loved it, really. It was great. Again, really high-energy material on that album. Even though Rob [Halford] left, it was really keeping up the high energy, the power. The whole album is a real guitar player’s almanac of riffs. Lots of good stuff in there.

Rockers' Block Scorecard

149 Seconds

0 to 10 seconds = Wow! You know these songs better than that guy who posts on your Facebook page every 19 seconds.

11 to 20 seconds = Ok, maybe you did actually help record these songs.

21 to 30 seconds = You sure these songs are yours?

31 to 40 seconds = Get this one an Electroencephalogram, stat!

41 seconds or more = Congratulations, you're no longer a professional musician!

See how Anthrax’s Charlie Benante did on Rockers’ Block.

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