JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner was interviewed by Sweetwater editorial director Mitch Gallagher during “Making Hard Rock Look Easy”, a three-day recording master class which was held October 20-22 at Sweetwater‘s campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for JUDAS PRIEST‘s follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” album, Richie said: “I just flew straight back out of the U.K., straight to Sweetwater. We’ve just been in the studio for a couple of months putting songs together. We haven’t started the recording process yet, but we’re recording demos; we’re recording songs that work without the production to save them, if you know what I mean. But the core value… We’re putting down some grassroots ideas and fleshing them out for the next PRIEST record. So we’re gonna go into the studio to start recording in January. So it should be out sometime next year. But we’re not touring next year. So we’re gonna be touring, hopefully, in 2018.”
Faulkner also revealed that he is putting together a touring “guitar event” which will hit the road in 2017. He explained: “I saw this thing about Stradivarius violins. And you know they’ve created some of the most beautiful music the world’s ever known, but what’s happening is people are buying them as an investment and putting them in a bank vault. And the same is starting to happen with vintage guitars, and no one’s hearing… When Jimmy Page played the ’59 Les Paul, that’s not being experienced anymore. So the idea is loosely based around that — getting these guitars out of bank vaults, putting them in a scenario where people can experience them, people can hear them.”
He continued: “I keep talking about the tribe that we’re all a part of. We’re all guitar nuts, we’re all music nuts, and whether you’re a drummer or a guitar player or whatever, the guitar is an integral part of music for the last fifty, sixty years. So it’s getting those guitars out of retirement and into where I believe they should be. It’s all about that. So it’s all about uniting the tribe, getting the people together. We’re calling it ‘Cult Of Guitar’, ’cause that’s what we’re a part of — it’s a cult of guitar. We’re nuts; we’re all nuts, we’re nerds. [We’re] inviting some friends down, getting their guitars out, talking about why they play them, why it’s got one volume knob, why it’s got this, why it’s got that, why they choose to play it, who turned them on to guitar, and then having a big old jam at the end, with some friends coming down.”