Richie Faulkner, guitarist of legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, is currently recovering from heart surgery after tearing his aorta in the middle of a gig. Faulkner was taken to the surgery, which ultimately lasted around 10.5 hours.
Faulkner now says on the band’s social media that he feels stronger and more positive after recovering from his long surgery.
“I was able to return home from hospital 10 days after my surgery to continue recovery at home. It has now been 7 weeks since the night it all happened and I’m feeling very strong and positive. My incisions have healed very well and I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m walking well and moving freely, I’m pretty active and I’m starting cardiac therapy very soon”, Faulkner says and continues:
“I’m playing guitar everyday and with the love and support of my family, the continued support from you guys and the inspiration that I get from the guitar, I’ll be back on stage in no time! My surgeons are very pleased with my progress and have all reserved front row tickets for the next Priest show.”
“It’s Thanksgiving this month, and whether you celebrate it or not, I have a lot to give thanks for this year; Including all of you for your patience, your love and your support. Lots of love and I’ll see you down the front soon, horns held high.”
A new career spanning book about Judas Priest, “50 Heavy Metal Years”, is soon to be released.