Guitarist Richie Faulkner joins me today on Talkin’ Rock. We started by talking about his latest birthday celebration on January 1st.
We talked about his relationship with his father-in-law, guitar legend George Lynch. “George is an incredible player….not only incredible but a unique player,” he said. I asked him if he’s floated him any tracks off upcoming projects. He said he hadn’t, but “He’s a great resource….he’s great to get information and experiences from.”
As far as the new Judas Priest album is concerned, Richie talked a lot about it. He mentioned that following up on a record like “Firepower” that did so well, it’s a healthy challenge.
He talks about the song “Panic Attack”. That song includes two solos on that one track. He talks about the complexity of that song, along with other ones on the albums. He said the album is somewhat more “progressive”, but not really in the way you might think. “The record takes on its own character by itself.”
As far as input Richie has on the writing and recording, he said everyone chips in. There are 11 tracks on the album, with three bonus tracks on available copies. He said there’s no real moment of any sort of ballad on “Invisible Shield”, which drops on March 8th.
He also spoke to respecting the band’s vast history, and the fanship they have. “You have to produce to 1,000% of your ability.” He said he never takes it for granted and what an honor it is to be in the band.
He also gave an update as far as guitarist Glenn Tipton with his Parkinsons. “We had his mind involved, we had his creative mind involved and that’s part of the reason it makes it Judas Priest.”
We also discussed songs he loves to play on stage nightly, the first albums he bought, and, his health much more.
It’s always great to talk with Richie, and this time was no different.