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On this Richie Faulkner interview: Surviving a near death experience and the changes he’s made as a result… Why it’s EASY to share joy on stage, the almost-missed opportunity to join Judas Priest, working with Sir Christopher Lee, his TOP 3 Musical Experiences (VERY cool!), Being able to see the good in everything, Backstories to the songs on his latest Elegant Weapons LP, Horns for a Halo… Saying “YES” in Glenn Tipton’s kitchen over a cup of tea, an interesting hobby of his… and why OPPORTUNITIES come and go & YOU’RE EITHER READY for them… OR NOT. Lovely, relaxed guy!
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Richie’s most well-known for being one of the guitarists in Judas Priest. He replaced KK Downing after he left the band in 2011. Richie has a new project of his own, called Elegant Weapons, and the band just released their first LP called Horns for a Halo. I listened to the LP and it’s fantastic – it’s a great representation of what I’d call original British heavy metal music of the 80’s and 90’s. High energy yet melodic songs you can actually sing and hum along with. If this is your first introduction to Richie’s playing, you’re going to find him to be an intelligent and extremely creative player whose technical skills are equally matched by his sense of melody. Other things I’d encourage you to watch and listen to, to check out Richie is the track You’ve Got Another Thing Coming from the Judas Priest DVD, Epitaph – which is actually on Apple Music. Richie performs a 3 minute solo on stage all alone and it’s freaking awesome. Like, “goosebumps” awesome.
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