Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Reveals He Recently Battled Prostate Cancer

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford has revealed that he recently underwent a battle with prostate cancer. Fortunately, the frontman has since gone into remission.

Halford told Consequence the following:

“I had my little cancer battle a year ago, which I got through and that’s in remission now, thank God. That happened while we were all locked down, so things happen for a reason as far as time sequence of events. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life, still doing what I love the most.”

He also discussed his cancer battle in a new chapter that was added to the paperback edition of his memoir “Confess.” In the book, he revealed that he had a prostatectomy in July 2020 before more cancer was found around his prostate earlier this year. He then had to undergo radiation treatment for that and also had to undergo an appendectomy after a tumor was found on his appendix. Halford said the following about that:

“It’s been a draining year, I can’t deny it, but I’m delighted to have come through it. I feel like I’ve had the most thorough MOT that a Metal God can have.”

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Further Opens Up About Suffering An Aortic Aneurysm: “I Don’t Know How I’m Still Around Today”

As previously reported, Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner recently underwent emergency heart surgery at Rudd Heart and Lung Center at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY after suffering an aortic aneurysm onstage at the Louder Than Life festival. The guitarist has since discussed the operation with WHAS11, saying that he “[doesn’t] know how [he is] still around today”

Faulkner said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“I became a bit light-headed. It didn’t go away. I’ve never fainted before. I’ve never passed out, but I knew that this felt like I was going to pass out in a minute.

Luckily, it was about half way into the [last] song. So obviously, I had to finish the song. If I had known how important it was, maybe I would have got off there a bit quicker. But I think that’s the whole point for me. I had no idea whatsoever what it was.

Luckily, it was a short set, and we would have come off stage anyway. Otherwise, I don’t know I would have come off stage.”

He went on to say that he experienced a sharp pain as he was stepping off the stage:

“That’s when it exploded. The more I read about it, the more astonishing it is to me to think that I even made it to the hospital. The amount of time when I actually go the pain and when I turned up in the hospital and when we were actually operating, it was quite a lot of time. The more I read about it, the more unbelievable — that amount of time — I don’t know how I’m still around today.”

“Listen, I’m 41 with no history. You could be the same. Go and get checked. Get in front of it if there’s anything like that. If there’s not, great. Take it from me: Just go and get yourself checked out.”

He also added the following about his plans to return to the stage:

“Get better first. Don’t rush. And then we’ll get back to seeing when we can get back out there and play some more Priest. But at the moment, it’s focusing on getting ready, getting better, getting my energy back and my strength back. And at some point, I’ll pick up the guitar again and seeing if I can knock out some riffs.”

Faulkner also thanked Dr. Siddharth Pahwa, who was present during the interview:

“You saved my life. My little girl saw me come home, and that just means everything. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart. There’s really nothing more to say other than that, really.”

He continued when it was mentioned that his story can help people:

“I hope so. The fact that I’m here able to do it, again, it just means everything. You gave me everything back, so whatever I can give to you guys in return is fine by me.”

In a separate interview with Consequence, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford also commented on Faulkner’s condition:

“The good news is he’s healing, and his therapy will be picking up the guitar and getting back into these new songs for Priest and getting ready for the next batch of road work. I’ve had a couple of conversations with him, and he sounds great. I’m waiting to hear that he’s picked up the guitar — he’s probably picked up the guitar already and his doctors are saying, ‘Put that guitar down!’”

He also added the following when asked if he saw footage of the moment when Faulkner suffered the aortic aneurysm:

“I can’t look at that yet. I’m still shook up, emotionally. Eventually I’ll try to watch the footage, but [Faulkner] says in his own words when he looked at that footage he sees a dying man, which is basically what it was.

And it’s just incredible that he got through that song and he came to the dressing room and he got changed. Even after the paramedics told him he needs to go the hospital and get a proper look at the stuff, he was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll be back. I’m going home for a couple days after this show, I’ll see you guys in Denver’ and walked out the door and then probably less than an hour later he was having over 10 hours of heart surgery. It’s just unbelievable.”

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Has Officially Been Discharged From The Hospital

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner has officially been discharged from the hospital and is now resting at home in Nashville, TN. As previously reported, the guitarist recently underwent emergency heart surgery at Rudd Heart and Lung Center at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY after suffering an aortic aneurysm onstage at the Louder Than Life festival. Dr. Siddharth Pahwa, a cardiothoracic surgeon with UofL Health – UofL Physicians, commented:

“He was only four miles away, but miles equal minutes and he did not have many to spare. Mr. Faulkner is alive today because the stars aligned. He had an outstanding emergency care team, he was close to a world class heart center, and he was quick to recognize he needed help.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Reveals He Suffered An Aortic Aneurysm During The Band’s Louder Than Life Set

As previously reported, Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner recently underwent emergency heart surgery after being hospitalized following the band’s September 26 set at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY. Now, the guitarist has shared a new health update in which he revealed that he suffered an aortic aneurysm during the event.

Faulkner said the following:

“Maniacs…

I’ve always been grateful for the opportunities I’ve been presented with. I’ve always considered myself THE most fortunate man ever – to be able to play my favourite music – with my favourite band – to my favourite people around the world…

Today just being able to type this to you all is the biggest gift of all…

As I watch footage from the Louder Than Life Festival in Kentucky, I can see in my face the confusion and anguish I was feeling whilst playing ‘Painkiller’ as my aorta ruptured and started to spill blood into my chest cavity….

I was having what my doctor called an aortic aneurysm and complete aortic dissection.

From what I’ve been told by my surgeon, people with this don’t usually make it to the hospital alive…..

I was taken to nearby Rudd Heart & Lung Center and quickly went into what turned out to be a 10 ½ hour emergency open heart surgery.

Five parts of my chest were replaced with mechanical components…..I’m literally made of metal now….

It could have all ended so differently – we only had an hours set that night due to Metallica’s performance after us – and it does cross my mind if it was a full set, would I have played until total collapse…? If it hadn’t happened in such a high adrenaline situation would my body have been able to keep going long enough to reach the hospital…?

The amazing Heart & Lung Center was 4 miles away from the gig site – if it had been further away……..

We can always drive ourselves crazy with these things but I’m still alive thankfully. Whatever the circumstances, when watching that footage, the truth is, knowing what I know now, I see a dying man…..

I’ve been moved to tears and humbled by friends, family, my fantastic band, crew and management and also you guys sending me videos and messages of love and support during the last week – I thank you all so much and although I have a recovery road ahead of me, as soon as I’m able to get up and running again, you’ll be the first to know and we’ll get back out there delivering the goods for you all….!

One last thing maniacs, this came totally out of the blue for me – no history of a bad heart, no clogged arteries etc…my point is I don’t even have high cholesterol and this could’ve been the end for me. If you can get yourselves checked – do it for me please……

Lots of love and see you down the front again soon….

Richie…”

Tesla’s Frank Hannon Says Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Underwent 10-Hour Open-Heart Surgery Following A Heart Attack

As previously reported, Judas Priest recently postponed the remaining dates on their U.S. tour after Richie Faulkner was hospitalized with “major medical heart condition issues.” The guitarist ultimately had to undergo emergency heart surgery and is now recovering. Now, more details on the operation have surfaced via an Instagram post from Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon:

“Sending love and healing power to Richie Faulkner @falconfaulkner .. I haven’t met him yet but he’s a rock n roll brother that my guitar playing friends all love very much and they tell me how cool of a guy he is. I heard he played a show then walked off stage having a heart attack and had 10 hr open heart surgery last night. Hang in there Richie and I look forward to meeting / jamming with you someday! You got this! 🤘❤️🙏”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner “Stable & Resting” Following Emergency Heart Surgery

As previously reported, Judas Priest recently postponed the remaining dates on their U.S. tour after Richie Faulkner was hospitalized with “major medical heart condition issues.” Now, the guitarist’s significant other, Mariah Lynch has since revealed that he had to undergo emergency heart surgery:

“Thank you to everyone for all your messages 🙏🏼 I will try to get back to you as soon as I can ❤️ Richie underwent major emergency heart surgery. He is stable & resting 🥳 If you know him, you know how tough & strong he is. So tough that he finished the show & kept the hair flips coming. There’s no one like him. We’d be lost without him 🌹”

Watch Judas Priest Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)” Live With Metallica’s Kirk Hammett

During Judas Priest’s September 26 set at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY, the band were joined onstage by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett for a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown).“ You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. As previously reported, Judas Priest postponed the remaining dates on their U.S. tour earlier today (September 27) after guitarist Richie Faulkner was hospitalized with “major medical heart condition issues.”

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Hospitalized With “Major Medical Heart Condition Issues”, Band Postpone Remaining U.S. Dates

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner has sadly been hospitalized with “major medical heart condition issues.” As a result, the remaining dates on the U.S. leg of the band’s 50th anniversary tour have been postponed. Chipster PR shared the below statement from the band:

“It is with deep regret that we have to postpone the rest of our U.S. tour. Richie Faulkner has major medical heart condition issues which have landed him in the hospital where he is being treated. In the meantime, we are all sending love to our Falcon to wish him 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…”

Ian Hill Says Judas Priest’s Next Album May Not Arrive Before 2023

During a recent appearance on “The Five Count” radio show, Ian Hill offered an update on the new Judas Priest album. According to him, the effort may not be released until 2023.

Hill said the following:

“The material is there. It’s time to put it down on record, basically. We’re pretty much booked up till the end of this year, although there’s a month [off], I think, just before Christmas, and some of January. And then all of next year, we’re pretty much touring until the fall, at least. But then we can put our shoulders to the wheel and get it down on record for real.”

He continued when asked if fans can expect a 2022 release:

“Maybe the year after — give it a bit of breathing space. [Laughs] We’ll let the dust settle from the 50th-anniversary [tour]. But, yeah, it’s possible — it’s possible towards the end of next year. But if not, it’ll be ’23.”

This news comes after Hill previously said that the band have “at least an album or two of new material” written.

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Featured In New Ad Campaign For Plymouth Rock

Insurance company Plymouth Rock have recruited Judas Priest’s Rob Halford for a new advertising campaign. You can find three commercials from that campaign below. Halford commented:

“It feels good to be the first heavy metal pilgrim to partner with Plymouth Rock. I had a (laser) blast on this project.”

[via Blabbermouth]