Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner undergoes second heart surgery

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner recently underwent additional heart surgery to repair part of an aortic graft that doctors used to save his life last year. In 2021 Louder Than Life Festivalexperienced the 42-year-old rocker a aortic rupture on the stage during Judas Priest’s performance. It required an initial emergency heart surgery.

Last month, after stay positive during recovery, Faulker agreed to the second surgery after Judas Priest’s summer 2022 tour dates, which he outlined in a social media update on Tuesday (September 27). He said he would be ready to start Priest’s USA tour with Queensryche next month.

See his full update at the bottom of this page.

Faulkner writes, “It’s crazy how one minute you’re listening to the crowd chanting war hogs—all normal, all apparently fine—the next it turns out it was almost the last time I ever heard it. Unbeknownst to me , there were things. going on under the surface that were literally about to explode.”

He continues, “I’m lucky and grateful to be here a year later writing this. My support system at home, the hospitals and of course from all you metalheads has been second to none and I thank you all.”

Faulkner adds: “I’m not completely out of the woods yet. Just before we toured Europe, scans showed a hole in one of the connections between the synthetic graft and my own aorta, causing a leak. The blood from the leak had formed an 8 cm sack that surrounded my heart.”

He explains, “The doctors were okay for me to tour Europe, but as soon as I got back I had to go under again for another open heart operation. So 3 days after we played Belgium, they went in and removed the sac and fixed the leak. So I’m now six weeks post 2nd open heart surgery and I’m feeling good and strong.”

See Priest’s upcoming dates under Faulkner’s post.

Richie Faulkner Health Update – Sep 27, 2022

Judas Priest + Queensryche Fall 2022 US Tour Dates

Oct. 13 – Wallingford, Ct. @ Toyota Oakdale
Oct. 15 – Albany, NY @ MVP Arena
Oct. 16 – Boston, Mass. @ MGM Music Hall
Oct. 18 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans
Oct. 19 – Wilkes-Barre, Pa. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct. 21 – Kalamazoo, Mich. @ Wings Ctr
Oct. 22 – Detroit, Mich. @ Freemasons
Oct. 24 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Brady Music Ctr
Oct. 25 – Waukegan, Ill. @ Genesee Theatre
Oct. 27 – Green Bay, Wis. @ Resch Theatre
Oct. 29 – Moline, Ill. @ TaxSlayer Ctr
Oct. 30 – Mankato, Minn. @ Mayo Clinic Ctr
November 1 – Sioux City, Iowa @ Tyson Ctr
November 2 – Rapid City, SD @ Monument
November 7 – Ontario, California. @ Toyota Ctr
November 8 – Tucson, Ariz. @ TCC Arena
November 10 – Loveland, Colo. @ Budweiser Ctr
November 12 – Park City, Kan. @ Hartman Arena
November 13 – St. Charles, Mo. @ Family Arena
November 15 – Corbin, Ky. @ Corbin Arena
November 17 – Southaven, Miss. @ Landers Ctr
November 18 – Baton Rouge, La. @ River Ctr
November 20 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. @ Paycom Ctr
November 22 – San Antonio, Texas @ Tech Port
November 23 – San Antonio, Texas @ Tech Port
November 25 – Dallas, Texas @ The Factory
November 26 – Corpus Christi, Texas @ Concrete St.
November 28 – Edinburg, Texas @ Burt Ogden Arena
November 29 – Houston, Texas @ 713 Music Hall

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