In a recent interview with Tone-Talk, former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown was asked if there are any guitarists he would still like to work with.
“I did a record — it’s not out yet — I did it with Richie Faulkner [of JUDAS PRIEST]. Richie and I have become really good friends,” Rex responded. “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.”
During a last month’s appearance on the “In The Trenches With Ryan Roxie” video podcast in, Richie confirmed that he had used some of the coronavirus downtime to work on a solo project.
He said: “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.”
When asked if the album will feature guest musicians or it will be presented as a complete solo effort, Richie responded: “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.”