Richie Faulkner reveals he had never met K.K. Downing until his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame experience

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Richie Faulkner reveals he had never met K.K. Downing until his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame experience

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon for Canada’s The Metal Voice. Faulkner was promoting his new band Elegant Weapons‘ debut album Horns For A Halo, which will be released via Nuclear Blast on May 26, 2023.

Faulkner‘s Judas Priest bandmates — Rob Halford (lead vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Ian Hill (bass) and Scott Travis (drums) — and alumni K.K Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and (deceased) Dave Holland (drums) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA on November 5, 2022. Judas Priest along with Downing and Binks ended up performing a medley go three songs together at the induction ceremony.

In terms of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame experience, Faulkner indicated (as provided by The Metal Voice): “It was surreal. When I got there and you see who’s there yeah and it’s like holy cow that’s Lionel Richie or that’s Pat Benatar, that’s Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, like wow that that’s pretty amazing stuff. You can’t deny you’re in the presence of some legends. It was an amazing thing and obviously K.K. (Downing) was there. It was great to meet K.K., I’d never met K.K. before. He was a proper gentleman, it was great to meet him. I know the band has a history with him and I have by default but there’s no problem with me and him. I haven’t got a problem with him, he hasn’t got a problem with me. It was great to see Les (Binks). I’ve got a relationship with Les. We used to play covers and stuff together in England. But it was great to meet K.K. and play with K.K. and be part of and be allowed to be part of their induction, be part of the band, to represent Judas Priest in 2022. I actually offered to get off and not be a part of it and let those guys do it but they were adamant they wanted me up there. Playing with Ken was great. If I ever get the chance again, who knows but I got the chance to be part of the triple attacks a team with Judas Priest so it was an honor and a pleasure.”

You can listen to the interview with Richie Faulkner on The Metal Voice below: