Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice spoke to Ex Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss about his upcoming performance with Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing at Bloodstock on Aug 11 2019, his thoughts on Manowar's Hellfest cancellation, the Ross the Boss upcoming album and tour dates
When asked about how the Ross The Boss Band & K.K. Downing upcoming performance came about
" We have a friend of the band called Steve Goldby who runs http://metaltalk.net, he's a really great guy he inducted me into the Hall of Heavy Metal History at Wacken. I go Steve you want to help me get press at BloodStock Festival in the UK for Ross The Boss Band and he goes all right, okay. All of a sudden Steve says K.K. Downing is his friend and I said he should come to Bloodstock and hang out with us. The next thing you know we were talking about asking K.K. to come play with us a few songs. Steve then goes that's a fucking brilliant idea let's do it. Steve makes a call, pitches the idea and says K.K. is really interested, so it's going to happen."
When asked if he knew why K.K. Donwing left Judas Priest
"I don't know anything about what went down between K.K. and the band and I hope one day it could be solved matter. Fact it's my ulterior motive to bring K.K Downing out and get him playing again and maybe back to where he belongs in Judas Priest." I don't know anything about what happened with him and Judas Priest it's none of my business. It's it's sad that shit happens like that especially when things are so good. I love all the Judas Priest members I love Richie, I love Andy, I love Scott, Rob I love the band I love their music and i wish them all the best. "
When asked how many songs they will be performing with K.K. Downing at Bloodstock
"We don't have a ton of time we got like an hour plus so we will play three or four Judas Priest Songs with K.K. We just want K.K. to come out and get some love from the audience he deserves it, he's a father of Heavy Metal. I know he's a bit nervous but that's to be expected but we will do everything for him to make him feel as comfortable as possible and let him play his guitar, let him do what he does. At the end of the day I hope that this gives them the motivation to get him back into Judas Priest. Glen is not there now and I think that K.K. belongs there now, if they could mend the fences. We're not spring chickens anymore, life is too short at this point and I think that before someone goes or something tragic happens I would love to see K.K. back in Judas Priest. I would love to put some good vibes out there to him and so maybe there would be a chance that something could happen and I think the fans would love it."
When asked if the Manowar Hellfest last minute Cancellation last month benefited The Ross The Boss Band
"I don't want to get into the whole matter of Hellfest and Manowar. I wish it never had happened because there were so many people that were hurt by this, so many good metal fans from all over the world came to see them and only got their heart broken. t was horrible and I don't get joy from that. I don't want to rise in metal community from their mistakes, I want to rise because we're great band. I don't cancel shows, I've never canceled a show. It was hard to see that happen you know. Joey went there a year before at Hellfest saying how he's gonna destroy the place and then they didn't play. It's not my business again I'm sorry for the fans I'm sorry that they got hurt I really am."
When asked about the upcoming Ross the Boss band Studio Album
"We've got a lot of songs, we've got about 12 -14 for this record it's going to be a March 2020 release and it's going to be fantastic, I guarantee you."
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