Richie Faulkner performing with Judas Priest in May 2015
|Birth name||Richard Ian Faulkner|
|Born||1 January 1980|
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Associated acts||Judas Priest, Lauren Harris, Christopher Lee, Voodoo Six, Dirty Deeds, Ace Mafia, Parramon, Primitai|
Richard Ian Faulkner (born 1 January 1980), is an English musician best known as one of the lead guitarists for the heavy metal band Judas Priest since 2011, replacing original member K. K. Downing. Faulkner has also performed with Lauren Harris, Christopher Lee, Voodoo Six, Dirty Deeds, and Ace Mafia.
Early life and career
His inspiration to pick up a guitar was watching Jimi Hendrix's concerts at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and at the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970. Faulkner got his first guitar when he was around 7 or 8 years old. His father played guitar and was a fan of Hendrix and bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, and used to show him a few chords. The first song he learned to play on guitar was The Troggs' 1966 single "Wild Thing". When Faulkner was about 13 years old, he connected with the owner of a local music shop who played in a cover band, covering material from Iron Maiden to Thin Lizzy to UFO. He asked Faulkner to play a couple of songs with him at some gigs, which was his introduction to the world of gigging.
In the early stages of his career, Faulkner played in bands such as Dirty Deeds, Voodoo Six (which he co-founded with bassist Tony Newton), Ace Mafia, Parramon, and Lauren Harris' band. His first signed band was Dirty Deeds, and their first album, 2002's Blown, was produced by Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris. With Faulkner on guitar, the Lauren Harris band was the opening act on Iron Maiden's Somewhere Back in Time World Tour in 2008. Steve Harris told Faulkner that if anything would have happened to any of his bandmates, he would have chosen Faulkner as a replacement.
Faulkner has also arranged music for actor Christopher Lee's heavy metal album, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death. Lee's team sent Faulkner some songs that were very orchestral and symphony-based and asked him to arrange them into metal songs. Both Lee and his team gave Faulkner a free creative reign for any ideas he felt the songs needed. The album was released on 27 May 2013, Lee's 91st birthday.
On 20 April 2011, Faulkner was appointed as the successor of guitarist K. K. Downing in heavy metal band Judas Priest. A mutual friend, guitarist Pete Friesen, recommended him to the band. Friesen and Faulkner had played together in a cover band in London called Metalworks, which coincidentally is also the title of a Judas Priest compilation released in 1993. They called him on a wrong phone number, so they sent him two emails. Faulkner thought they were junk mail, so he deleted them. The band began to track him down and eventually got his real phone number. When Faulkner got a call from the band's management, he thought it was a joke. He went to Glenn Tipton's house the next day to meet him and Rob Halford was present as well. They had a discussion and Faulkner played a few pieces for them. They sent him a few tracks because they wanted to hear what he would play on those tracks on the solos, and they went from there. Faulkner returned about a week later and they offered him the gig. He kept it a secret for a month until the official announcement.
Faulkner's first performance with Judas Priest occurred on 25 May 2011 on the TV show American Idol, where the band performed "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law" with James Durbin. Faulkner's first album with Judas Priest was Redeemer of Souls, released in 2014.
Vocalist Rob Halford and guitarist Glenn Tipton have credited Faulkner with saving Judas Priest. Halford said in a 2015 interview; "Let's face it, to some extent Richie saved Judas Priest, because if we hadn't have found him at the crucial time that we were looking for a guitar player things could have turned out quite differently."
Faulkner has cited bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, UFO, Rainbow, and Metallica as his early musical influences, as well as guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Dave Murray, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, Kirk Hammett, and Michael Schenker as major influences on his guitar playing.
Faulkner is known for his use of Gibson and Epiphone Flying V model guitars, equipped with his signature EMG 57/66 active pickups. His first Gibson was an Epiphone Flying V with locking trem. Faulkner has also used a Gibson Les Paul Custom with EMG 81/85 active pickups.
- Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro Programmable MIDI Foot Controller
- Dunlop JC95 Jerry Cantrell Signature Cry Baby Wah Pedal
- MXR M101 Phase 90 Phaser Pedal
- MXR M148 Micro Chorus Pedal
- Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal
- Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Pedal
- MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Pedal
- Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal with Bypass
- Electro-Harmonix Micro POG Polyphonic Octave Generator Pedal
- Strings and picks
- Ernie Ball Power Slinky strings (.011-.048)
- Dunlop strings (.011-.050)
- InTuneGP picks (2 mm)
|Year||Album details||Band / Artist||Notes|
|2006||Feed My Soul
|2008||Calm Before the Storm
|2014||Redeemer of Souls|
||Live Album / DVD|
- Guest appearances
|Year||Album details||Band / Artist||Notes|
|2011||For All We Know
||For All We Know||Lead guitar on track 2;|
"Busy Being Somebody Else"
|2013||Charlemagne: The Omens of Death
||Christopher Lee||Arranger 7 of 10 tracks|
||Primitai||Guitar on track 2;|
"Scream When You See Us"
||Monument||Lead guitar on track 8;|
"Rock The Night"
||Iron Spell||Lead guitar on track 6;|
Awards and nominations
|Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards||2015||Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award||Won|
|Loudwire Music Awards||Guitarist of the Year||Nominated|
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