How is Richie Faulkner feel playing guitar as a solo guitarist on Judas Priest shows? Recently He revealed his feeling about this situation in a recent interview.
Judas Priest started their postponed “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour as a four four-piece. As you know, they delayed this tour because of health reasons. Judas Priest wanted to go on tour without Andy Sneap. However, they could not do it. Fans wanted to see him on stage. That’s why Judas Priest starts touring with two axemen.
Richie Faulkner found himself in an awful situation. Judas Priest decided to tour as they planned once. That’s why Richie Faulkner needed to cover both of Judas Priest’s iconic guitars. Fans who attended Judas Priest’s “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour wondered how he handled covers.
Recently Richie Faulkner attended an interview with Mich Lafon & Jerry White’s show. There he answered the various question. Mich asked him how they compensate for Sneap’s absence. Richie Faulkner answered without hesitation that Judas Priest does not use pre-recorded types to compensate for Sneap’s absence on shows right now and in features. Also, he added that Judas Priest could not accept this situation.
“It was a definite thing that we weren’t going to run tape, there’d be no point…There’d be no point in removing the guitar player to then replace parts with tape, we might as well just keep the guitar player. There was about a week there, when that was the reality of what was going to be happening. I was getting my head around how I was going to do that, as a single guitar player.”
“When I was getting my head around it, a lot of it was going to be what Brian May does, with delays and stuff like that. And he’s been doing that since the 70s, it’s not anything new. I think the main thing is, even if you recreated those guitar parts, with one guitar, we all hear with our eyes as well, and if you only see one guitar, it’s gonna sound [interviever interjects] like one guitar, of course (Richie continues) you know what I mean. So, even if those parts have been recreated, it’s not going to sound the same to you, because you’re only seeing one.
“And I think, at the end of the day, we’ve all grown up on Priest, the brand, as a two-guitar attack, and that’s what we all love, and that’s what we all know. I don’t think you can ignore the passionate response that we got from the fans.”
“I think the worst thing that could have happened is that no one cared and no one said anything…If no one cared, no one said anything, we’d be in trouble. But, we’ve got the opposite of that, I think everyone said something. We listened, and we have the internet these days, and we have that opportunity to voice our opinion. Back in the day, we wouldn’t have had that, we would have gone out, that would have been the decision, and then, the history would have been that the Priest would have been a four-piece from now on, you know what I mean?
“Now we have that connection with the fans and fans that connection with the band, and you can’t help but listen to that outcry. So, we made a decision to reverse it, and now everything’s back to normal, everyone seems happy again.”
Judas Priest Tour Dates in 2022
Apr. 07 – Scotiabank Centre – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Apr. 10 – Videotron Center – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Apr. 11 – Place Bell – Laval, Quebec, Canada
Apr. 13 – FirstOntario Centre – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada