Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Preps For First-Ever Solo Album: ‘We’re Looking For Record Labels’
During an appearance on the “In the Trenches with Ryan Roxie” video podcast, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner confirmed that he used some of the coronavirus downtime to work on a solo project. He explained (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I haven’t really spoken about it publicly, but there’s something I’ve been [putting] together during the COVID period. I mean, I know we’re still going through this, but there’s been a lot of downtime. So I’ve used that time to collect songs that I’ve been working on, put them together, polish them, get people I respect in the music business together and record stuff. And I haven’t talked about it much. It’s being finalized, and we’re looking for deals and stuff. We’re looking for deals right now, we’re looking for record labels, so I don’t want to get too far ahead.”
Asked if the album will feature guest musicians or if it will be presented as a full solo effort, Richie said, “Well, I’ve always been in the band. It’s never been like RICHIE FAULKNER’S RAINBOW or something like that. I’ve always been in the band – with the name of the band and the four or five guys or girls rather than a solo project. But also, when I joined PRIESTI didn’t want to kind of get the gig and then, right away, ‘Oh, now listen to my solo thing.’ PRIEST, they welcomed me, they gave me a voice, they gave me an opinion, and I felt like this was my band. They integrated me and I gave back a thousand percent. So I kind of didn’t want to do my own thing and abuse that opportunity, if you know what I mean. But 10 or 11 years later, I feel the fans know that I’m not going to abuse this opportunity. I gave 10, 11, almost 12 years [to PRIEST] now, so I felt, with the pandemic too, with a bit of downtime, maybe put some stuff in there.”
As for the musical direction of his solo album, Faulkner said: “In terms of style, it’s always hard to say, really. You just do what you do. You can hear where the roots are coming from, from PRIEST, but I think he’s different enough to be his own monster. And then hopefully someone else will interpret it in their own way and hear something completely different than what I’m hearing, I hope.”
Faulkner joined PRIEST in 2011 replacing the original guitarist KK Downing.
Richie was formerly the guitarist for the backing band for Lauren Harrisdaughter of IRON MAIDEN bass player Steve Harris.
Faulkner and his girlfriend Mariah Lynchold man’s daughter DOKKEN guitarist George Lynchwelcomed their first child, a baby girl named daisy maein July 2020.
last september, Faulkner suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection during PRIESTthe performance of stronger than life festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Faulkner was rushed to UofL Health – Jewish Hospital where the cardiothoracic surgery team needed around 10 hours to perform a life-saving operation.
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