During a recent interview with KSHE, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford mentioned that guitarist Richie Faulkner offered himself to step out of the Rock Hall live performance, so the line-up could be only formed of the classic members.
“He’s a miracle man, especially when you consider what he’s been through with his challenges [referring to Faulkner’s recent heart surgeries]. And he needed to be there. Because originally he said, ‘I don’t think I should be on stage.’ I go, ‘Richie, you have to be on stage. It’s important. I can’t properly express the words ’cause it’s a feeling for me. I feel you need to be on that stage with us.’ And so did everybody else; everybody else felt that way.
“But yes, he’s a miracle man, and for that reason alone, amongst a ton of others, it was important that he was on that stage and showing people the wonders of survivability and the great things that the medical profession and the healing and the health world can do, and some of the Lord’s divine intervention, all of these things kept Richie with us. I said, ‘Richie, you need to be on that stage, especially if you can do some hair whipping with K.K.’ They do their hair whip.”
The show included K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton, and Richie Faulkner all stepping onstage for the career-spawning medley that Judas Priest treated the audience.