Judas Priest Postpones ’50 Heavy Metal Years’ Due to Guitarist Richie Faulkner’s Heart Surgery

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Rock Cellar Magazine

On Monday, Rob Halford and English heavy metal gods Judas Priest announced that they’ve been forced to postpone the remaining U.S. dates on their 50 Heavy Metal Years tour due to a “major medical heart condition” faced by guitarist Richie Faulkner.

The full statement from the band, as shared on the Judas Priest website:

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.

Judas Priest
27th September 2021

Faulkner has since undergone “emergency heart surgery,” per an Instagram post by his girlfriend, Mariah Lynch:

The last date on the tour as of now was Sept. 26 at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. The affected dates of the postponement:

9/29/2021 Denver CO                       The Mission Ballroom^
9/30/2021 West Valley City UT       Maverik Center*
10/2/2021 Everett WA                       Angel Of The Winds Arena*
10/3/2021 Portland OR                     Moda Center*
10/5/2021 Oakland CA                      Fox Theater^
10/6/2021 Los Angeles CA                Microsoft Theater^
10/8/2021 Las Vegas NV                   Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
10/9/2021 Phoenix AZ                       Arizona Federal Theatre
10/12/2021 San Antonio TX              Freeman Coliseum^
10/13/2021 Cedar Park TX                HEB Center Cedar Park^
10/15/2021 Irving TX                         The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/16/2021 Oklahoma City OK          The Zoo Amphitheatre^
10/19/2021 Independence MO          Cable Dahmer Arena*
10/21/2021 Nashville TN                    Nashville Municipal Auditorium*
10/22/2021 Alpharetta GA                  Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*
10/24/2021 Charleston WV                Charleston Civic Center Coliseum*
10/25/2021 Philadelphia PA               The Met*
10/27/2021 Newark NJ                       Prudential Center*
10/28/2021 Oxon Hill MD                   The Theater at MGM National Harbor
10/30/2021 Mashantucket CT            Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater^
10/31/2021 Lowell MA                       Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell*
11/2/2021 Halifax NS                         Scotiabank Centre*
11/4/2021 Laval , QC                         Place Bell*
11/5/2021 Hamilton ONT                   First Ontario Centre*

* new show
^ not a Live Nation event
# festival date
+ Sabaton not support on this date; support is TBD

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