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


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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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