Followers of the metal were shocked when earlier this year Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing announced he was leaving the band after 40 years. His replacement is young Londoner Richie Faulkner — a man who knows how to set his fretboard alight and melt your face, while remaining cool as ice onstage.
The ex-Ace Mafia and Lauren Harris man took some time out during Priest’s current Epitaph World Tour to discuss his â€œdreamâ€ new life and being a sci-fi geek.
Geeks of Doom: Were you welcomed into the band?
Richie Faulkner: Absolutely. Theyâ€™ve been nothing short of welcoming on every front really, on a personal level and a musical level as well. We arranged some of the songs live to put some extra guitar solos in there to showcase what I can do and you canâ€™t get more welcome than that. You know, changing arrangements for classic songs like that just to accommodate what you can do I think thatâ€™s a great honour to be granted that opportunity.
Geeks of Doom: That twin guitar sound of KK Downing and Glenn Tipton was integral to Judas Priest and to metal music.
Richie Faulkner: Absolutely.
Geeks of Doom: Did you feel any pressure to be replacing a part of that?
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