Judas Priest had to postpone their North American tour due to Richie Faulkner (Guitar) heart problem. Singer Rob Halford made the announcement in his Instagram saying: “It is with deep regret that we have to postpone the rest of our US tour..Ritchie has major medical heart condition issues which have landed him in hospital where he is being treated..in the meantime we are all sending love 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..tickets will be valid”
Richie Faulkner is 41 and joined the group back in 2011 replacing original guitarist K.K Downing that quit the band at the time. He is married to Mariah Lynch, the daughter of former Dokken guitarist George Lynch. Their first child was born in 2020.
He recorded two albums with the band: “Redemeer Of Souls” (2014) and “Firepower” (2018). Besides Faulkner, Judas also has singer Rob Halford, drummer Scott Travis, bassist Ian Hill and guitarist Andy Sneap (Touring guitarist that replaces Glenn Tipton, who has Parkinson’s disease that prevents him from touring).
The band was currently celebrating their 50th anniversary on tour and played 13 shows before this postponement announcement. In september 26 at Louisville, Kentucky Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett joined to group on stage to perform the classic Fleetwood Mac cover “The Green Manalishi”.
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