Judas Priest guitarist K. K. Downing retires from the band and will not participate on the Epitaph tour. Here is a statement from Downings official website:
It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. DOWNING has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph Tour.
The band respects his decision and naturally all wish him well.
Replacing Downing on tour will be Richie Faulkner. The band is stating they will play songs from every album they have released.