Judas Priest Embark On Farewell Tour With New Guitarist Richie Faulkner

Legendary British heavy metal band Judas Priest will soon be embarking on their farewell tour, ‘Epitaph’ with new guitarist Richie Faulkner.
Considering the size shoes he has to fill, Faulkner is a relatively unknown guitar player. Having played alongside acts like Lauren Harris and Dirty Deeds as well as making his own semi-successful solo career; Faulkner may not have been everyone’s pick, however front man Rob Halford is confident that Faulkner will produce the goods, stating; “I think it would have diluted the moment if we would have gone with one of our friends. We know some very famous metal guitar players and I’m sure that they would have said, ‘Yeah, I’ll help you out if you need the help.’ But I think we wanted to give this moment its own special feeling. Obviously, nobody can replace K.K. entirely, so I think we worked really hard to find someone of the same caliber and with the same kind of discipline and guitarmanship as K.K.’s always displayed, and I think we found that in Richie”. Halford continued saying, “I think he’s gonna show the metal world that he’s a very competent, exciting player that’s gonna not only be able to do the parts he needs to play but also inject his own special style and technique”.
Founding member and guitarist of Judas Priest Kenneth “K.K.” Downing abruptly retired from the band in April, just two months prior to the start of the tour. Downing recently issued the following statement; “It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am OK. There has been an ongoing breakdown in (the) working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time. Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans. However, I would urge you to please support the PRIEST as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.”
The “Epitaph” world tour begins June 7 in Tilburg, Holland.

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