After the untimely departure of longtime Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing, the band had to decide what their next move would be. With their Epitaph world tour around the corner, Judas Priest finally found a formidable replacement for Downing in the London based guitarist Richie Faulkner. Faulkner had been playing in Lauren Harris' band, and if the name sounds familiar, yes, Lauren Harris is the daughter of Iron Maiden's Steve Harris.
While Judas Priest fans are still missing the presence of longtime guitarist K.K. Downing since his departure from the band last April, Downing is moving into the next stage of his career which will now center around developing a multi-million dollar sporting complex that will include a luxury hotel with a spa, indoor swimming pool and restaurant in addition to his world class golf course.
Judas Priest have been making records for almost 40 years now, and to celebrate, they've put together a career spanning box set. For anyone that may have missed out on a release or two throughout the years, you can pick up their monstrous 17-CD box set, ‘The Complete Albums Collection,' due Jan. 24.
K.K. Downing may have punched his Judas Priest timecard for the last time, but that doesn't mean he's lost his love for metal. Quite the contrary, in fact -- and he's using his official site to not only get the word out about his own current projects, but raise the flag about albums and artists he feels are doing exciting work.
Judas Priest have been ‘Breaking’ the Law’ for almost 40 years now, and after several decades of metal, the band are currently out on their farewell ‘Epitaph’ tour. However, don’t confuse farewell with goodbye. The band is not calling it a day-- just scaling things back a bit. In a recent interview, Halford talked about the band's longevity, the diversity of their fans and how he got his start.
Former Judas Priest guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing recently opened up about his earth-shaking decision to leave the metal titans. Speaking with Valley reporter Grace Bailey (via Blabbermouth), Downing explained that the decision didn’t come quickly, and it came down to an “unsettlement” with “working relationships.”
Richie Faulkner is not a household metal name yet, but he is the guitarist who stepped into replace K.K. Downing in Judas Priest. Those are massive boots to fill, but Faulkner, who also played with Lauren Harris, the daughter of Iron Maiden bassist Steve, is taking it all in stride. With this sort of pedigree, Richie Faulkner is a name that will become even more familiar to headbangers.