British rockers Judas Priest have postponed the remainding tour dates due to "major medical heart condition issues" suffered by Richie Faulkner.
Earlier today (Monday, September 27), the Priest camp released the following statement via publicists Chipster PR: "it is with deep regret that we have to postpone the rest of our U.S. tour. Richie Faulkner has major medical heart condition issues which have landed him in the 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..."
The U.S. tour kicked off on September 8 in Reading, Pennsylvania and was schedued to run through October before concluding on November 5 in Hamilton, Ontario.
In a 2016 interview with 103GBF, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about Faulkner: "We can't say enough about Richie. I mean, you know, it's hard to condense it, but if you [see PRIEST in concert] and just look at Richie's charisma and energy and all of the great stuff that's coming out of his hands, it's wonderful; it really is. And, yeah, I mean, he's infectious; the fans will tell you that. Once the show kicks off, he's at the edge of the stage connecting, and that's a really cool thing to be having happen with PRIEST."