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Replace on Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest


We’ve an replace on Richie – see beneath in Richie’s personal phrases….


I’ve all the time been grateful for the alternatives I’ve been introduced with.  I’ve all the time thought of myself THE most lucky man ever – to have the ability to play my favorite music – with my favorite band – to my favorite folks world wide…

Right this moment simply having the ability to sort this to you all is the largest present of all…

As I watch footage from the Louder Than Life Pageant in Kentucky, I can see in my face the confusion and anguish I used to be feeling while taking part in ‘Painkiller’ as my aorta ruptured and began to spill blood into my chest cavity….

I used to be having what my physician referred to as an aortic aneurysm and full aortic dissection.

From what I’ve been instructed by my surgeon, folks with this don’t often make it to the hospital alive…..

I used to be taken to close by Rudd Coronary heart & Lung Middle and shortly went into what turned out to be a ten ½ hour emergency open-heart surgical procedure.

5 elements of my chest have been changed with mechanical elements…..I’m actually product of steel now….

It may have all ended so otherwise – we solely had an hours set that evening on account of Metallica’s efficiency after us – and it does cross my thoughts if it was a full set, would I’ve performed till complete collapse…? If it hadn’t occurred in such a excessive adrenaline state of affairs would my physique have been capable of preserve going lengthy sufficient to succeed in the hospital…?

The wonderful Coronary heart & Lung Middle was 4 miles away from the gig web site – if it had been additional away……..

We are able to all the time drive ourselves loopy with this stuff however I’m nonetheless alive fortunately.  Regardless of the circumstances, when watching that footage, the reality is, figuring out what I do know now, I see a dying man…..

I’ve been moved to tears and humbled by mates, household, my implausible band, crew and administration and in addition you guys sending me movies and messages of affection and help over the last week – I thanks all a lot and though I’ve a restoration highway forward of me, as quickly as I’m capable of stand up and operating once more, you’ll be the primary to know and we’ll get again on the market delivering the products for you all….!

One last item maniacs, this got here completely out of the blue for me – no historical past of a nasty coronary heart, no clogged arteries and so forth…my level is I don’t even have excessive ldl cholesterol and this might’ve been the tip for me.  If you will get yourselves checked – do it for me, please……

Numerous love and see you down the entrance once more quickly…


That is from our robust falcon –  he might be flying excessive once more simply as quickly as he’s ready….

October sixth, 2021





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