Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner On Upcoming Solo Album: “It’s A Bit More Bluesy”

During a recent interview with Guitar World, Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner talked a bit about his upcoming solo album. According to him, the new material is “a bit more bluesy.”

Faulkner said the following:

“I’d like to do it more as a band thing. I wouldn’t want it to be called Richie Faulkner’s Rainbow. I worked on a project with a few people during the pandemic and we’re in talks at the moment with labels. I don’t want to give too much away, but when the pandemic hit I thought maybe it’s time to get a batch of songs and get them into shape and put them out.”

He also added:

“It’s always hard to talk about your stuff without crawling up your own ass. I think it’s heavy, but it’s not as ‘metal.’ It’s a bit more bluesy. You can hear that it’s coming from a guitarist in Priest, but it’s enough of a departure to sound like something outside of the band. There’s some [Jimi] Hendrix references in there and stuff that’s a bit more groove-oriented.”

Pantera Bassist Rex Brown Confirms Collaboration With Judas Priest Guitarist Richie Faulkner

During a recent interview with Tone-Talk, Pantera bassist Rex Brown confirmed that he has recorded a new album with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. However, release details for the effort are still pending.

Brown said the following:

“I did a record — it’s not out yet — I did it with Richie Faulkner. Richie and I have become really good friends. And it’s really progressively heavy and cool.

Richie is a very melodic player, and then it’s got my drummer that played on my first solo record. They tracked him playing on one of those electronic kits, and they sampled the sounds into a real kit — which I’m not too crazy about; that’s not the way I would do it. But it’s Richie’s record. And he’s got a new singer now.

I don’t know when that’s coming out. Those guys [PRIEST] are still touring. That was a real thrill.”

This news comes after Faulkner recently said he was “looking for record labels” to release his new solo album.

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Planning To Release New Solo Album

During an appearance on the “In The Trenches With Ryan Roxie” podcast, Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner revealed that he is planning to release a new solo album. The guitarist is currently “looking for record labels” to release the effort.

Faulkner said the following:

“I haven’t really spoken much about it publicly, but there is something I’ve kind of been [putting] together during the COVID period. I mean, I know we’re still going through it but there’s been a lot of downtime. So I’ve used that time to kind of get some songs I’ve been working on, get them together, polish them up, get some people together that I respect in the music business and record some stuff. And I haven’t spoken a lot about it. It’s in the process of being finalized, and we’re looking for deals and stuff. We’re looking for deals at the moment, we’re looking for record labels, so I don’t wanna get too far ahead of myself.”

He continued when asked if the album will feature guest musicians:

“Well, I’ve always been into the band. It’s never been like RICHIE FAULKNER’S RAINBOW or anything like that. I’ve always been into the band — with the band name and the four or five guys or girls in it rather than a solo project. But also, when I joined PRIEST, I didn’t wanna sort of get the gig and then, straight away, ‘Oh, now listen to my solo thing.’ PRIEST, they welcomed me in, they gave me a voice, they gave me an opinion, and I felt like this was my band. They’ve made me a part of it and I gave back a thousand percent. So I didn’t wanna sort of then do my own thing and abuse that opportunity, if you know what I mean. But 10 or 11 years in, I feel that fans know that I’m not gonna abuse that opportunity. I’ve given 10, 11, almost 12 years [to PRIEST] now, so I felt, with the pandemic as well, with a bit of downtime, maybe put some stuff into that.”

He also added the following about the musical direction of the new material:

“As far as stylistically, it’s always hard to tell, really. You just do what you do. You can hear where the roots are, from PRIEST, but I think it’s different enough to be its own monster. And then hopefully someone else interprets it in their own way and hears something completely different to what I hear, hopefully.”

[via Blabbermouth]