RICHIE FAULKNER OF JUDAS PRIEST: “I’ve been called A KK DOWNING Clone a lot, and it’s utterly ridiculous”

In a new interview with Highway 81 revisitedAnd the Priest Judas guitar player Richie Faulkner،, who joined the group in 2011 as a replacement for KK DowningAsked about the singer Rob HalfordComment in 2015 that Faulkner “rescued” a priest. Richie He said (as written by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “That’s incredibly cute rob to say. I obviously didn’t realize [the band was at a crossroads at that point]; When you are faced with a situation, you do not realize what it is like behind closed doors. I didn’t realize it was coming, but when I sat down with the guys in the initial conversation, it was explained to me and it was very clear that they wanted someone as part of the band; They wanted someone with their own opinion. I play Les Paul, V Flying, Gibson SG and stuff like that – different from ken [K.K. Downing]Really – and they wanted someone to be their own. I’ve had a lot of clones, which is ironic; I think it’s the blond hair or something else.”

Richie He continued, “They wanted someone who was part of the band. We didn’t know if the writing was going to be coherent—we didn’t know; you don’t know until you started writing—but it was clear that they wanted someone who was part of the band. They wanted a member of the band.” The band, someone who would go in the right direction. They didn’t want a rented gun that was just going to appear on the live shows, get paid, and leave. They wanted someone who added their opinion to the band. And it wasn’t just talk. I think the first example of that was in Those discussions. They told me what they wanted as much as a band member and guitarist. They asked me what I wanted and didn’t want, which I thought was… I was surprised by the question. But looking back, it gave me insight into what I just said. They wanted my opinion, and they wanted to hear what I want as a band member, what will make me comfortable or what will make the person who got this role comfortable as Priest Judas band member. I went to get the leather and buttons ready, had a chat with the designer, and he asked me if I had any design ideas – that kind of thing. And the playlist – do I have any ideas on how to work together to change the songs up a bit. So it wasn’t just a verbal service. It was a lot… they meant it; They wanted someone with their own opinion.”

Faulkner He added, “I think Glenn [Tipton, PRIEST guitarist] He once told me – they’ve been in the band, at the time, for over 40 years – I would have a very different opinion of All them, which is believed to be valuable. And we’ll all disagree at some point, which is fine, but a different opinion always counts.”

Faulknernearly three decades DowningJunior, join a priest after, after K He left amid allegations of band incompatibility, shoddy management and deteriorating performance quality.

in 2018, Downing He revealed that he sent two resignation letters to his bandmates when he decided to quit Priest Judas. The first was described as “a graceful exit note, implying a smooth retirement from the music”, while the second was “more grumpy, bringing out all his frustrations with certain parties”.

Downing He later said he thought the second letter was a “main reason” for not inviting him to rejoin a priest after, after TiptonThe decision to retire from tours.

Back in 2019, Faulkner He dismissed the criticism he’s received for allegedly trying to look too much Downing. “You obviously get [haters] – “clone” comments, ” Richie . said “let’s talk” Audio notation. “I have long blonde hair, I play V. [guitar]… [Michael] ShankarAnd the zak [Wylde]And the KAnd the Randy Rhodes – All these guys. To say I was ken Reproduction was somewhat narrow-minded. There are a lot of guys out there who fly for long hair.

He continued, “The thing is, if I had dyed my hair black to be different, I would have been dropped.” “You have to be real; you have to be what you are. I grew up kenI grew up Glenn [Tipton, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist] And the men you mentioned. So you just have to be what you are. I grew up with these guys, and I’m not ashamed. I wear it on my sleeve – it’s all touching to me, and I’m not afraid of it… There’s no point in trying to hide it. But it also has to be natural. And I think it somehow worked naturally. I didn’t try to imitate it. And while it’s still going on, you always try to do what you want and make your own statement.”

Four years ago, Downing He said he felt like he was being “cloned” when he first found out that he was going to take his place Faulkner.

Downingwho announced his retirement from a priest In April 2011 after nearly 42 years in the job, he was accepted into the ‘Appetite to distort’ Podcast that he was surprised when he first saw his replacement.

RichieHe is, to my knowledge, a nice guy and clearly an excellent player,” Downing He said. “I was a bit disappointed when, basically… I think the idea was to replace me [with a lookalike], so I felt kind of cloned. But I’m not sure that was entirely fair Richie. I mean, I could be off the mark here, but I guess Richie He had the right to bring himself to the stage with his character… portraying his image and ability to play the instrument the way he does. But that’s what it is.”

He continued, “When? Glenn retire from touring [in early 2018]the same did not happen – obviously, [Tipton‘s replacement] dew [Sneap] It doesn’t look like anything Glenn; He doesn’t wear the same clothes or red pants or guitars or anything like that. So I don’t really know what’s going on. But that’s what it is.”

In a 2011 interview with the Finnish newspaper Elta SanomatAnd the Halford mention about him FaulknerPhysical resemblance to younger Downing: “People say, ‘It’s a clone. you have some of KDNA. It’s just the way it turned out. We did, for example, a secret research. when we learned K We’re not going to do the round, we’ve done a lot of undercover, sort of, to look for another player. And the Richie happened to be the man. And he happened to look a little bit of K Picture, did you know?! I think it would be silly to say, “We looked for a guitarist who looks like kenWhat we want is a very good metal guitarist, and that’s what we want Richie Faulkner he is.”

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