Interview with LES BINKS (ex-Judas Priest)

Les Binks (September 2018)

Les Binks (born: James Leslie Banks – April 1951 – Northern Ireland) is probably best know by the readers of this publication as the drummer of Judas Priest when the band had started to assert their dominance in the Metal world. Sure enough, in 1977 he joined the English band in time for the “Sin After Sin” promotional tour, replacing Simon Phillips (Gary Moore, Jordan Rudess, Stanley Clarke) who had never played live with the band.

The breadth of Les Binks’ discography and performance history might surprise many Judas Priest fans. In the audio/slideshow interview linked below I discuss with Les a few of these and of course talk about his time with Judas Priest and his more recent meeting with K.K. Downing. I also ask about Les Binks’ Priesthood with which he is currently performing Judas Priest songs released during his time with the band. And keep watching until the very end….there’s a little surprise awaiting you!

 

 

Discography:

KINDRED SPIRIT:
2015 Phoenix Rising
TYTAN:
1985 Rough Justice
KEVIN BROWN:
1983 Road Dreams [Les was 1 of 3 drummers to play on the album]
DICK RIVERS:
1982 Sans Légende
EUGENIO FINARDI:
1981 Finardi
ROGER CHAPMAN:
1980 Mail Order Magic [also feat. Mick Moody & Mitch Mitchell]
GARY BENSON:
1980 Moonlight Walking [also feat. Steve Lukather]
JUDAS PRIEST (1977-1979):
1979 Unleashed In The East (live album)
1978 Killing Machine
1978 Stained Class
AXIS POINT:
1978 Axis Point
EDDIE HARDIN'S WIZARD CONVENTION:
1977 Wizard’s Convention
ROGER GLOVER & FRIENDS:
1974 The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast
FANCY:
1976 Turns On You [UK title: “Something To Remember”]
1974 Wild Thing

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