Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest in conversation with Gibson Gear Guide
| April 19, 2024 |

How a Tea Break Changed Judas Priest Guitarist Richie Faulkner’s Career

Listen to Richie Faulkner talk about the audition that changed everything for him as a guitarist

Curious about how Richie Faulkner joined Judas Priest? In this excerpt from the Gibson Gear Guide’s interview and tone masterclass with Richie Faulkner, Richie discusses how he stepped into the legendary line-up of Judas Priest and was asked some questions he certainly wasn’t expecting.

The audition process tested his musical skills, of course, but more importantly, it also tested his ability to mesh with the iconic band. During the course of the interview, Richie also reviews how Glenn Tipton subtly tested him without him realizing it while he was dialing in his sound.

From borrowing train fare from his mother to meeting with the iconic heavy metal band’s members Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford, Richie’s story is one all guitarists should listen to, as you never know when a crucial coffee or tea break could turn into a life-changing moment.

Viewers will discover how Richie’s approach to the guitar audition (without the presence of an audience but under the keen ear of Glenn from the stairs) led to the realization that the band’s search for a guitarist was finally over. Richie also shares his advice for any guitarist joining an established band, discusses his respect for Judas Priest’s legacy, and how he was encouraged to bring his own unique flare to the audition while still respecting the sound of Judas Priest and KK Downing before him.

Hear directly from Richie about the challenges and expectations of replicating classic solos, creating his own interpretations, and the importance of ‘the hang’—fitting in with the band’s culture offstage. Whether you’re a fan of Judas Priest, an aspiring musician, or just love a good rock ’n’ roll story, this video is a must-watch.

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