Judas Priest Postpone All Remaining U.S. Tour Dates As Richie Faulkner Is Hospitalized for “Major Medical Heart Condition Issues”

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Only last week, The Pit published a road report on Judas Priest‘s North American 50th anniversary tour from Pär Sundström of openers Sabaton. But now, it appears that Priest have had to cut their trek short, as guitarist Richie Faulkner has been hospitalized with considerable health issues.

Judas Priest posted the following statement to their Instagram: “It is with deep regret that we have to postpone the rest of our US Tour – Richie has major medical heart condition issues which have landed him in hospital where he is being treated – in the meantime we are all sending love to our Falcon to wish him a speedy recovery…

“As soon as we have any updates from his doctors on when we can reschedule the dates we will of course announce them – tickets will be valid.”


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This is a huge bummer, but it’s totally understandable. What matters is that Richie comes out of this healthy, and the show goes on. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he can melt our eardrums again soon.

For the record, the following dates have been affected:

9/29 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom^
9/30 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center*
10/2 – Everett, WA – Angel Of The Winds Arena*
10/3 – Portland, OR – Moda Center*
10/5 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater^
10/6 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater^
10/8 – Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
10/9 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
10/12 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum^
10/13 – Cedar Park, TX – HEB Center Cedar Park^
10/15 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/16 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre^
10/19 – Independence, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena*
10/21 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium*
10/22 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*
10/24 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum*
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met*
10/27 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center*
10/28 – Oxon Hill, MD – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
10/30 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater^
10/31 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell*
11/2 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre*
11/4 – Laval, QC – Place Bell*
11/5 – Hamilton, ONT – First Ontario Centre*


Words by Chris Krovatin