JUDAS PRIEST guitar techs Adrian Vines and Greg "Weasel" Morgan recently gave EMG a rundown of the gear PRIEST's Richie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton are using on the band's "Epitaph" world tour. Check out the footage below.
In a recent interview with The Aquarian Weekly, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about Faulkner's addition to the band following the departure of the band's original guitarist, K.K. Downing, "He's turned it up. He's just added a new dynamic to the band, and that's not to be disparaging to K.K., who lives with us every night because we're playing his songs. Most of the songs we're playing on this tour were written by Glenn, Ken [former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing] and myself, but Richie's got his own vibe. He's on the edge of the stage most of the night, and he is just interacting in such a special way that the PRIEST fans have totally accepted him. He's just got this tremendous guitarmanship and showmanship that you can't take your eyes off of him. We've never had that type of depth and dimension before in that respect. He's brilliant."
JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the North American leg of its "Epitaph" farewell tour on October 12 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas (with support from THIN LIZZY and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY).
JUDAS PRIEST's newly released compilation, "The Chosen Few", sold 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The collection, which came out on October 11 via Legacy/Sony, contains songs that were selected by some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal world, including KISS' Gene Simmons, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Alice Cooper and SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor.