As many of you know Richie Faulkner replaced KK Downing in Judas Priest back in 2012!
It always sucks when original guys split in bands and are replaced. Lead Singers leaving is one thing but when it’s a guitar player perhaps it’s a little easier. I dunno as I’m not an Axe Slinger per se but I think that over time Priest did the right thing by giving Richie the gig!
I think it’s pretty apparent of the videos of Youtube and last years release Firepower that Faulkner had a huge hand in recording what I think was the best all round album I have heard from Priest since 1986’s Turbo release. So it says something about perhaps injecting some young blood into a band of grizzled metal veterans that gave the Priest Franchise a serious hard reboot!
I see Priest has started another go-round of touring in the U.S/Canada and I have to applaud them huge that they have totally changed up the setlist including songs that they haven’t performed in years like Out in The Cold/Steeler/Tyrant/Starbreaker and perhaps my fav out of the bunch (Take These )Chains which is brilliant.
I think to have a young dude on the six-string had something to do with shaking things up in the Priest camp.
Nice to see these old Metal Gods shaking up the set list and not doing the same old same old as, well I’m not going there!