JUDAS PRIEST have postponed the remainder of their U.S. tour due to “major medical heart condition issues” suffered by guitarist Richie Faulkner.
PRIEST wrote in a statement: “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…”
Faulkner joined PRIEST in 2011 as the replacement for original guitarist K.K. Downing.
Faulkner’s first performance with JUDAS PRIEST occurred on 25 May 2011 on the TV show American Idol, where the band performed “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law” with James Durbin. Faulkner‘s first album with Judas Priest was Redeemer of Souls, released in 2014.