George Lynch, the former guitarist of DOKKEN and a grandfather of five, shares his thoughts on Richie Faulkner’s guitar-playing abilities
Lynch became a grandfather for the fifth time when his daughter, Mariah Lynch, and her boyfriend, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner, welcomed their first child, a baby girl, back in July 2020.
George spoke to Let’s Rock about Richie‘s guitar playing abilities. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “He’s a natural. It’s not fabricated. That guy is just good beyond his — he’s not even aware how good he is; he’s just so good. [Laughs] He reminds me of my guitar teacher when I was a kid coming up. I had this guy. And he was so mature in his playing.
“And this was — whenever it was — late ’60s, early ’70s, I guess. And his hands were just so mature. His vibrato, his phrasing — everything; he had it all. And I’s just feel, like, ‘Oh.’ I wanted to be like [him]. I’d look forward to my lessons every week and I always wanted to impress him, and I could never get there. And he just had it in his hands. But Richie reminds me so much of [him].
“Even the way he looks and then just his demeanor and then his phrasing — everything about him is just so… He’s just got this mature style that’s just so deep, where I’m just wrestling around trying to come up with something, and he’s just, like, ‘It’s all right there.’ It’s just, ‘Goddamn it.'”Lynch
Lynch also praised Richie on a personal level, saying: They just made the most beautiful, cutest, lovable, funnest little baby on the planet. What a gift to the world. He’s a very sweet, bright, talented man and I feel very fortunate that he is taking care of my daughter the way he has. And I really appreciate him so much.”
Faulkner became a member of JUDAS PRIEST in 2011, stepping in as the replacement for the band’s original guitarist, K.K. Downing.
Prior to joining JUDAS PRIEST, Richie served as the guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris, who is the daughter of IRON MAIDEN‘s bassist, Steve Harris.
Frontiers Music Srl will release of the new studio album from LYNCH MOB, “Babylon”, on October 20.
Joining revered guitarist and band founder George Lynch (THE END MACHINE, THE BANISHMENT, ex-DOKKEN) for this latest LYNCH MOB LP are vocalist Gabriel Colón, bassist Jaron Gulino (TANTRIC, HEAVENS EDGE),and drummer Jimmy D’Anda (ex-BULLETBOYS).