Richie Faulkner is in “stable condition” after being hospitalized earlier this week with major heart problems.
Judas Priest’s guitarist has undergone “major emergency heart surgery”, Faulkner’s partner Mariah Lynch confirming on social media that the operation was a success.
“Thanks everyone for all of your posts,” Lynch wrote on Instagram. “I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
“Richie underwent major emergency medical heart surgery. He is stable and resting, ”she continued. “If you know him, you know how tough and strong he is. So hard that he finished the show and kept the hair flips coming. There is no one like him.
Judas Priest – who were in the midst of their 50 Years of Heavy Metal Tour – confirmed earlier this week that they had been forced to postpone the rest of the US calendar after Faulkner’s emergency heart disease “landed him in hospital.”
The group noted in a social media post that they would be looking to reschedule the tour following updates from Faulkner’s doctors, and added that “we all send love to our Falcon to wish him a speedy recovery. “.
Priest’s most recent performance was at the Louder Than Life Festival, for which the Metal Gods recruited a Kirk Hammett wielding Greeny for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s The green Manalishi (with the two-branched crown).
Since news of Faulkner’s health problems first broke, many have flocked to social media to express their support, Gibson tweeting: “The Gibson family join those close to Judas Priest and guitarist Richie Faulkner in wishing him a speedy recovery.” and healthy, so that he can return to the stage, to which he belongs. “
Zakk Wylde, meanwhile, wrote: “Prayers of strength and light to our Jedi O’shred brothers – Father Richie Faulkner. I love you Father Richie, I will watch you. Better my brother.
Faulkner initially joined the Judas Priest family in 2011 replacing outgoing KK Downing.
Gibson Flying V guitarist’s health issues follow Priest’s 2018 announcement that Glenn Tipton – the six-string band’s longtime mainstay – had pulled out of touring, while still being involved in songwriting.
Talk to Guitar world in a recent interview, Faulkner called Tipton a “50-year veteran and rock star”, and that the guitarist is still raising Judas Priest’s “rock star level” by 50%.