Richie Faulkner “Feels Very Strong” Weeks After Heart Surgery


Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner “feels very strong and positive” as he recovers from a ruptured aorta suffered during a concert in late September.

“I was able to return from the hospital 10 days after my operation to continue to recover at home,” said the rocker in a message posted on the group’s Instagram. “It has now been 7 weeks since the night it all happened and I feel very strong and positive. My incisions have healed very well and I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Judas Priest was playing “Painkiller” during their September 26th set at Louder Than Life Festival when “Faulkner’s aorta ruptured and started spilling blood in my chest cavity.” The guitarist was immediately rushed to hospital after the show, where doctors performed more than ten hours of surgery to repair the damage.

Faulkner, who said he “played the guitar every day” during his recovery, admitted he was lucky he survived the ordeal. “It’s Thanksgiving this month, and whether you celebrate it or not, I have a lot to thank for this year.”

Read Faulkner’s full health update below.

Judas Priest kicked off his 50 Heavy Metal Years tour on August 15 with a concert at the Bloodstock Open Air festival in England, and performed 13 concerts in the United States before announcing that the remainder of the tour would be postponed due to the “heart major medical “by Faulkner. state.”

Faulkner has previously said that he was grateful that the Louder Than Life ensemble only lasted an hour and that the Heart and Lung Center was only four miles from the concert. The 41-year-old guitarist had “no history of bad heart, no blocked arteries, etc.” before his frightening incident on stage.

There is no schedule for Judas Priest to resume his US tour, although the group has said “tickets will be valid” for the make-up dates.

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