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JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist RICHIE FAULKNER Underwent 10-Hour Open-Heart Surgery

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner currently recovers after 10-hour heart surgery.

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner apparently suffered a heart attack after the band’s set at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday night (September 26), after which, the guitarist reportedly underwent “10-hour open-heart surgery”.

He is currently recovering.

JUDAS PRIEST announced on Monday (September 27) that they would be postponing the remainder of their U.S. tour so that Faulkner could be treated for a serious heart condition. The following day, his girlfriend Mariah Lynch said that Richie was “stable and resting” after undergoing “major emergency heart surgery.”

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TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon took to his Instagram soon after to write: “Sending love and healing power to Richie Faulkner @falconfaulkner .. I haven’t met him yet but he’s a rock n roll brother that my guitar playing friends all love very much and they tell me how cool of a guy he is. I heard he played a show then walked off stage having a heart attack and had 10 hr open heart surgery last night. Hang in there Richie and I look forward to meeting / jamming with you someday! You got this!”

Produced by Live Nation, the rescheduled “50 Heavy Metal Years” trek kicked off on September 8 in Reading, Pennsylvania and was slated to run through October before concluding on November 5 in Hamilton, Ontario.