JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner returned to Instagram Live yesterday (December 5) to livestream himself playing guitar for nearly a couple of hours. You can watch the video below.
As previously reported, on September 26, Faulkner suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection during a performance at the Louder Than Life festival, just a short distance from Rudd Heart and Lung Center at UofL Health — Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
It took the hospital’s cardiothoracic surgery team, led by Dr. Siddharth Pahwa and also including Drs. Brian Ganzel and Mark Slaughter, approximately 10 hours to complete a life-saving surgery, an aortic valve and ascending aorta replacement with hemiarch replacement.
Faulkner previously offered a health update, writing on social media: “I was able to return home from hospital 10 days after my surgery to continue recovery at home. It has now been 7 weeks since the night it all happened and I’m feeling very strong and positive. My incisions have healed very well and I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m walking well and moving freely, I’m pretty active and I’m starting cardiac therapy very soon. I’m playing guitar everyday and with the love and support of my family, the continued support from you guys and the inspiration that I get from the guitar, I’ll be back on stage in no time! My surgeons are very pleased with my progress and have all reserved front row tickets for the next PRIEST show haha.”