Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner recently underwent “major emergency heart surgery”. According to his girlfriend, Mariah Lynch, Faulkner is now recovering.
“Thanks everyone for all your posts,” Lynch, daughter of former Dokken guitarist George Lynch, wrote on Instagram. “Richie has had major emergency heart surgery. He’s stable and resting. If you know him, you know how hard and strong he is. So hard he finished the show and kept his hair in. pin. There’s no one like him. We’d be lost without him. “
The operation triggered a postponement for the remainder of Judas Priest’s 50 Years of Heavy Metal tour, which had been rescheduled from 2020 and finally resumed last month.
“In the meantime, we all send love to our Falcon to wish it a speedy recovery,” the group wrote on their website. “As soon as we hear from his doctors on when we can reschedule the dates, we will of course announce them – the tickets will be valid.”
Faulkner has been a member of Judas Priest since 2011, when he replaced co-founder KK Downing. “We didn’t want an impersonator, we didn’t want someone who was just going to replicate things,” singer Rob Halford said in a 2015 interview.
“And the fans were so receptive. There was no negativity towards the guy. Let’s face it, to an extent Richie saved Judas Priest, because if we hadn’t found him at the crucial time we were looking for a guitarist, things could have turned out quite differently. “
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