Following the hospitalization of one of their members for a heart condition, Judas Priest has postponed the remainder of their current U.S. tour. According to a statement released by Loudwire, guitarist Richie Faulker required immediate medical attention, and as a result, the band will not be continuing their tour. “We are deeply disappointed to have to postpone the remainder of our U.S. tour,” the band stated. “Richie Faulkner has major medical heart condition issues that have landed him in the hospital where he is being treated,” Judas Priest continued in their statement. “In the meantime, we’re all sending our best wishes to our Falcon for a speedy recovery.” “As soon as we have any updates from his doctors on when we can reschedule the dates, we will of course announce them,” the band said, implying that all “tickets will be valid.” ” There is no word on the status of Faulkner’s condition at this time.
Before joining Judas Priest, Faulker was a member of bands such as Deeds and Voodoo Six. He also performed with Lauren Harris, the daughter of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris, a rock singer. Following the departure of guitarist K.K. Downing, one of the band’s co-founders, Faulker joined Judas Priest in 2011. He’s appeared on the band’s last two studio albums, Redeemer of Souls (2014) and Firepower (2018), as well as two live projects, Epitaph (2013) and Battle Cry (2016).
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford sat down for an interview with The Georgia Straight in 2015, and he praised Faulker’s addition to the band’s line-up. “I remember the first day of writing sessions with Richie and the room was electric,” the legendary heavy metal vocalist recalled. “Hour after hour, solid things were happening..” We just kept writing and writing, but we had to put a stop to it because we hаd а deаdline.
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