Emergency on the camp of Judas Priest. Richie Faulkner (guitar) is hospitalized and the legendary band has postponed the remainder of its US tour.
Judas Priest released the following statement via 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..."
The "50 Heavy Metal Years" trek kicked off on September 8, 2021, in Reading, Pennsylvania and was slated to run through October before concluding on November 5, 2021, in Hamilton, Ontario. The band's next date was originally set for Wednesday (September 29, 2021) at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, Colorado.
---UPDATE: Richie Faulkner is "stable and resting" after undergoing "major emergency heart surgery."