Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest discusses the Renaissance of Heavy Metal

May 21, 2019
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Some bands feel a responsibility to further their style of music when they are considered to be legends.  No matter how long they have been in the game, these groups just can't rest on their laurels and give up until their final performance.  They have to keep creating, performing, and pushing the envelope; no matter how hard the naysayers are biting at their heels.  You see nowadays, everyone has an opinion on what is wrong with music, and which styles should just fade into the background.  Well, one veteran band out there is showing everyone that there is no surrenderin the genre of Heavy Metal! 

Photography by Just Bill
Photography by Just Bill

JUDAS PRIEST is in a renaissance of sorts, but then again it seems that so is the genre they helped create.  After fifty years in the business, this legendary heavy metal group is showing no signs of getting complacent with all that they have achieved.  Currently, Judas Priest is fighting to re-establish the dominance that the heavier styles of music once had via their recent release“Firepower.”  There also seems to be anew sense of energy within the band that might have been more expected in years past.  We might ask ourselves, “Why is that?”  Well, when there is a multi-generational audience showing up to their shows, some hearing the band’s classics “Breaking the Law,” “Living After Midnight,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” for the first time; Judas Priest might just think it’s their obligation to make their performances as good as possible. The culture that we live in nowadays has a plentitude of musical options, and it seems Heavy Metal might be the only one worth its time!

Photography by Just Bill
Photography by Just Bill

I recently sat down with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner before the band's show at the Mohegan Sun Arena to talk about all things music. Take a listen to our chat about new music, responsibilities to the fans, and if playing certain songs ever gets old. We also touched down on the drama stemming from former guitarist K. K. Downing, and how he feels about some of his negative comments. "It's a disappointment more than anything," Richie says. "I'm a great fan of what he's done. I'd love to hear him play some guitar and put out some music to be honest with you."

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