Richie Faulkner confirms Glenn Tipton involved with ideas and writing for Judas Priest’s next album

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Richie Faulkner confirms Glenn Tipton involved with ideas and writing for Judas Priest’s next album

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner was recently interviewed by Eamon O’Neill for UK’s eonmusic. Faulkner was promoting his other band Elegant Weapons whose debut album Horns For A Halo was released via Nuclear Blast on May 26, 2023.

In terms of how he decided that material that he brought in for Elegant Weapons was not for Judas Priest, Faulkner indicated: “I mean, the Priest stuff [for the forthcoming new album] was written, so it came to a point where you can draw a line under it. We’ve got all the material we need for the Priest stuff. It wasn’t recorded yet, but we’d got demos written for the Priest stuff, so all the midsections, all the solo sections, all the twists and turns musically; we’ve got enough of that, that’s done, you can draw a line under that. Now, everything you do after that is dedicated to this because you have to do that, otherwise you can just keep writing for the Priest stuff. So you draw a line under it, and then you can dedicate whatever stuff to this.”

With respect to guitarist Glenn Tipton‘s involvement on Judas Priest‘s next upcoming studio album, Faulkner stated: “Well, as long as we’ve got his mind. You know, sometimes he, you know, if he can’t handle the playing one day, for example, he still got his mind, he still got the ideas, and that’s what makes it kind of unmistakable Priest. These little turnarounds that he has that don’t make sense initially to me; like I’m thinking; “what?!” When you get together and you write a song with somebody who’s got an idea, and you’re thinking, you know; “that’s not like my idea”, but you put them together and you come up with something that’s greater than the original idea. As long as we still got that, we blend and then we’re winning. You know, that’s what we did with the writing process.”

You can read the rest of the interview with Richie Faulkner via eonmusic‘s website.