Mia Klose of TotalRock Radio conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner on June 9 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if there were times, before he joined JUDAS PRIEST in 2011, when he considered giving up and cutting his hair and getting a regular 9-to-5 job, Faulkner said: "Of course. I think that goes for everyone. There's always challenges. But that's the passion, isn't it? We've got the passion, and when we get those obstacles, we get frustrated, but you keep at it. And these [other guys in JUDAS PRIEST] are a testament to that; they've been doing it for 50 years 'cause of that passion. And in the beginning, it wasn't easy for them either; it was probably harder — there wasn't the outlets we have today, like the Internet, and they couldn't reach people with their music like we can now. So everything comes with these challenges. But just perseverance, dedication and that passion… They've been doing it for 50 years, so I think we can all learn from that. Just keep kicking ass, you know."
Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original guitarist K.K. Downing.
Richie was once the guitarist in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris.
PRIEST recently toured North America in support of its latest album, "Firepower", which was released on March 9 via Epic.
The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour kicked off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and wrapped on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.