JUDAS PRIEST have had to postpone the remainder of their U.S. tour due to guitarist Richie Faulkner suffering from “major medical heart condition issues”.
The current “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour kicked off on September 8 in Reading, Pennsylvania and was set to run through October before wrapping up on November 5 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Yesterday (Monday, September 27), JUDAS PRIEST released the following statement via publicists Chipster PR: “it is with deep regret that we have to postpone the rest of our U.S. tour. Richie Faulkner has major medical heart condition issues which have landed him in the hospital where he is being treated. In the meantime, we are all sending love to our Falcon to wish him a speedy recovery…
“As soon as we have any updates from his doctors on when we can reschedule the dates, we will of course announce them — tickets will be valid…”
Faulkner has been with JUDAS PRIEST since 2011 when he replaced original guitarist K.K. Downing.
A MESSAGE FROM @judaspriest IT IS WITH DEEP REGRET THAT WE HAVE TO POSTPONE THE REST OF OUR US TOUR. RICHIE FAULKNER HAS MAJOR MEDICAL HEART CONDITION ISSUES WHICH HAVE LANDED HIM IN THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE IS BEING TREATED. VISIT https://t.co/xfeYhoEpUZ FOR FULL STATEMENT
— Chipster PR & Consulting, Inc. (@chipsterpr) September 27, 2021