Judas Priest is celebrating 50 years of groundbreaking heavy metal, and a key player in that celebration wasn’t even born when the band began. British guitarist Richie Faulkner, 42, has been with the band since 2011. More than a mere replacement member, Faulkner has been cited by frontman Rob Halford as injecting a new energy into the band, which with Faulkner has recorded the studio albums “Redeemer of Souls” (2014) and “Firepower” (2018).
In advance of the Wednesday, Oct. 19 stop of Judas Priest’s 50 Heavy Metal Years tour at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Faulkner chatted with Highway 81 Revisited about collaborating with “The Metal God” Halford, the first time he put on the band’s trademark leather and studs, when fans might hear a new Priest album, and how he’s feeling after last year’s scary and highly publicized rupture of his aorta on stage in Kentucky.
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