Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Recently Underwent Another Heart Surgery

As previously reported, Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner underwent emergency heart surgery last year after suffering an aortic aneurysm onstage at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY. Now, the guitarist has reflected on the one year anniversary of the incident, while also revealing that he recently underwent another heart operation.

Faulkner said the following:

“ #september 26th 2021. #louisville #kentucky. @louderthanlifefest

One year ago today. Less than an hour before my life changed forever. It’s crazy how one minute you’re listening to the crowd singing war pigs- everything normal, everything seemingly fine- the next it turns out that it was almost the last time I ever heard it.

Unbeknownst to me there was stuff going on under the surface that was about to literally explode.

I’m fortunate and grateful to be here a year later typing this. My support system at home, the hospitals and of course from all you metal maniacs has been second to none and I thank you all.

I’m not completely out of the woods yet.
Just before we toured Europe, scans showed a hole in one of the connections between the synthetic graft and my own aorta that was causing a leak. The blood from the leak was forming an 8cm sack that was surrounding my heart.

The doctors were okay for me to tour Europe, but as soon as I got back I had to go under again for another open-heart surgery. So 3 days after we played Belgium, they went in, removed the sack and fixed the leak.

So I’m now six weeks post the 2nd open heart surgery, feeling well and strong and Looking forward to seeing you all again on the next leg of the US #50heavymetalyears tour starting in a few weeks.

My surgeons were always confident that it was enough time for me to recover and get back out on the road and it seems like they were right.

We had to lose @aftershockfestival in order for me to recover, but it looks like it’s still gonna be a Kick-Ass festival.

look after yourselves and your loved ones, you never know what’s round the corner.

Stay safe and see you all soon.

Much love,

Falcon x RHRF DOTF“

Richie Faulkner Offers Update On New Judas Priest Album: “I Think The Main Thing We Have To Do Now Is Vocals”

During a recent interview with The Entertainment Outlet, Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, “the main thing [they] have to do now is vocals.”

Faulkner said the following:

“We’re getting there. We’ve been trying to get it done. The first obstacle was the pandemic, because we couldn’t get together and do it as a group. And then when the pandemic restrictions were lifted, then we could go out on tour. So the next obstacle, if you wanna call it that, was the tour. So we had to go out and tour and record bits and pieces in between the tour legs. So we’ve got drums done, we’ve got guitars done, we’ve got the bass done. I think the main thing we have to do now is vocals. So we’ve got the U.S. leg of the tour coming up, so Rob’s [Halford, vocals] gotta protect his voice and use his voice sparingly before that. So maybe after that. I mean, we’ve got [dates in] the U.S. and we’ve got South America, which takes us into December. So maybe in the New Year we can start working on vocals.”

He continued when asked about release plans:

“It’s always tough to talk about timeframes, because, as we know, things change. But Rob always says, ‘It’s done when it’s done.’ There’s no point in rushing anything at this point in the band’s career. But it’s getting there — we’re working on it and it’s getting there. And we’re using the time we’ve got. These days as well, we don’t need 18 months in a 10,000-square-foot studio in Fiji to do a record. The way things are these days, we can do it in a lot more economical way. So we’re making technology work and we’re making all that work for us so we can get it done in the best way we can so we can get it out when we can. But it’ll be done when it’s done.”

He also added the following when asked about the record’s sound:

“[Producer and touring guitarist] Andy Sneap was texting me this morning, and he was saying it sounded really solid, really confident. He was saying… I know people love this stuff on the socials, but it’s not ‘Firepower 2’; it’s its own thing. Some people might like that; some people might hate that. When you read the socials, people read comments like that and they know what the album sounds like straight away. I don’t know how they do that. But it’s all good. It means they’re invested in PRIEST and they’re invested in the new music. But as he said, it sounds confident, it’s sounding great and solid. It’s always good as well when you’ve got something like this and no one’s heard it. So you’re excited to release it to the world — you want the world to hear it, but they haven’t heard it yet. So it’ll be great for the world to hear it. They might hate it. But it’s still exciting.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford Says He Was “Pissed” When He Found Out Judas Priest Would Be Receiving The “Musical Excellence” Award At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

During a recent interview with Arizona Republic, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford opened up about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s decision to induct the band as part of the “Musical Excellence Award.” The frontman says when he initially received the news he was “pissed.”

Halford said the following:

“Why haven’t they given us the the same title as all of our friends. Black Sabbath, for example. There’s a different tag, isn’t there?”

“I was pissed. I was a bit pissed. At the end of the day, does it matter? Some days, I go, ‘No, it doesn’t matter. We’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Be grateful. Shut the hell up.’

And then there are other days where I’m like, ‘God damn, why did they give us the Musical Excellence Award?’ Because it sounds very, you know, grandiose. ‘The Musical Excellence Award, reserved for blah, blah, blah.'”

“And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I want to be with that bunch of musicians over there that have got the performance or whatever it is that they’ve got.’ I don’t know why they gave us the Musical Excellence Award. I have no clue.

I just felt a little bit like, ‘Well, Sabbath got this. So why can’t we have that?’ Not that I’m jealous of Sabbath. I’m just talking about this tag that they give it.

Why do they put these tags on the damn thing? Why don’t they go, ‘Welcome. You’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ and leave it at that.

A lot of our fans went, ‘What the hell?’ ‘Oh, you know, they’re a great band. They are an excellent band.’ ‘But why put the musical excellence? Why don’t you give them like everybody else has got?'”

“And on the other side, it’s like, ‘Great. Everybody else got that and we got shafted with this.’ (laughs) Judas Priest are still the Rodney Dangerfield of heavy metal. They can’t get no respect.”

Funko To Release New Pop! Figure Of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford

Funko have announced a new Pop! Rocks vinyl figure based on Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. An official release date has yet to be revealed, but pre-orders will soon be available at funko.com and hottopic.com.

Judas Priest Announce Fall U.S. Tour With Queensrÿche

Judas Priest have announced a headlining U.S. tour. Queensrÿche will open.

Tour Dates:

10/13 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale
10/15 Albany, NY – MVP Arena
10/16 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall Fenway
10/18 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans
10/19 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
10/21 Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Event Center
10/22 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
10/24 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
10/25 Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
10/27 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center Theater
10/29 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center Moline
10/30 Mankato, MN – Mayo Clinic Event Center
11/01 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
11/02 Rapid City, SD – The Monument
11/07 Ontario, CA – Toyota Center
11/08 Tucson, AZ – TCC Arena
11/10 Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
11/12 Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
11/13 St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena
11/15 Corbin, KY – The Corbin Arena
11/17 Southaven, MS – Landers Center
11/18 Baton Rouge, LA – Raising Canes River Center
11/20 Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
11/22 & 23 San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena
11/25 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
11/26 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street
11/28 Edinburg, TX – Burt Ogden Arena
11/29 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall

Rob Halford Offers Update On New Judas Priest Album: “We’ve Stopped Kicking The Tires And Now We’re In Tracking”

During a recent interview with ABC Audio, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford offered an update on the band’s new album. The frontman says the band have “stopped kicking the tires” and that they are now “in tracking.”

Halford said the following:

“We’ve stopped kicking the tires and now we’re in tracking. You can never have enough songs when you’re making an album. Songs that you didn’t even know you had bits and pieces and fragments of, suddenly they become an incredibly important part of your record.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“The music that we’re making now is representative of where Priest is at this probably sixth decade of our existence when it comes out… It sounds great. I’m really pleased. I’m really, really happy that… we’re not dropping the ball. Not that we ever have. But it’s good, because there are some elements in there that we’ve never… kind of discovered before.”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Open To Performing With K.K. Downing And Les Binks At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford said he would be open to performing with ex-members K.K. Downing and Les Binks at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. That event will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5.

Halford said the following when asked if the Hall Of Fame made the right decision by including Les Binks, K.K. Downing, Ian Hill, Dave Holland, Glenn Tipton, and Scott Travis as part of the band’s induction:

“Absolutely, yes. Absolutely. In terms of ticking the boxes of how long you’ve got to be in, and this, that, and the other, yes. Whoever has been attached and related to Judas Priest has had a role to play. I think the significance of the way they’ve chosen these particular musicians is correct.”

He also added the following when asked if he would be open to performing with Downing and Binks:

“Absolutely. As I said before, you’ve got to push aside anything that gets in the way. You’ve got to remove the emotional clutter and just reference this great celebration. Otherwise, if you don’t do that, and you leave the building, a couple of years later you’ll go, “What the hell? Why didn’t we do that?” It’s a few hours, but those few hours last forever.

We’ve seen it time and time again with the Rock Hall. “She’s coming, he’s not coming, why isn’t he coming? He said this, and he said that.” All this drama. The music matters. It’s all about the music. It’s all about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.”

Judas Priest Among 2022 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Judas Priest are set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this year. The ceremony will be held on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA and the other inductees include: Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Harry Belafonte, Elizabeth Cotten, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine, and Sylvia Robinson.

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford told Billboard the following:

“The other day I was just noodling on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame site … and when you look at the list of talent in there, it’s absolutely extraordinary. It’s a very, very important institution for recognizing various people that have been in music since music began, right from the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll. To be part of that is, like, wow… And glory hallelujah, there’s another metal band in now. That’s the blessing we’ve all been waiting for.”

He also added the following about being inducted as part of the “Musical Excellence Award”:

“That’s totally unexpected. That’s just a very extra thrill to have that. They really look at you beyond the simple band that you are. They really dig deep as to this album and that album this song and that song. I think that really supports what we’ve always tried to do. I think it validates the real musical adventure that Judas Priest has been on since Rocka Rolla (in 1974).

We’re a band that has taken you through many, many different, many dimensions, of metal. We’ve always called ourselves a classic metal band, but we’re a hard band to pin down. One minute we can be your Turbo Lover and then we can be your Painkiller, and how amazing it is for a band to really search for those opportunities within the genre of heavy metal. So I think the acknowledgement of Musical Excellence is a really sweet addition.”

Halford also confirmed that several former members of the band will be included in the induction including K.K. Downing, Les Binks, and Dave Holland:

“They have every right to be a part of the event. I’m very pleased for everybody. There’s no bitterness. There’s no angst. There’s not that kind of stuff that’s lingering. If there is you have to push all that away. You have to push it to the side and just understand and accept and respect this wonderful opportunity and what it represents in terms of recognition and a celebration.”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford To Release New Book “Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures” In November

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will be releasing a new book, titled “Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures,” on November 1. The effort “mixes serious and in-depth pieces with whimsical reflections on lessons learned during his fifty years of a life in music.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. Halford commented:

“After my penitence with ‘Confess‘, it’s time for me to be BIBLICAL and take our congregation through all the ins and out and ups and downs of what it takes to make the life of the Metal God. So get comfy in your pew and prepare for the light of revelations by becoming BIBLICAL!”

Judas Priest Cancel Lowell, MA Show Due To Illness

Judas Priest have cancelled their April 4 show at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell in Lowell, MA “due to non-covid related illness.” The band commented:

“It is with regret that we have to announce that unfortunately tonight’s show at the Paul E Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA is being cancelled due to non-covid related illness. We hope to be able to make this show up in the near future. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.”