English heavy metal band Judas Priest announced on Monday that the remaining US tour dates have been postponed due to a medical emergency involving guitarist Richie Faulkner.
“It is with deep regret that we have to postpone the rest of our US tour, ”the group said in a statement shared on social media.
“Richie has serious heart health issues that have led him to [a] the hospital where he is being treated – in the meantime, we all send love to our hawk to wish him a speedy recovery, “the statement added.
The tour will resume at a later date, the group said.
“As soon as we have updates from his doctors on when we can reschedule the dates, we will of course announce them – the tickets will be valid,” the statement added.
The metal superstars were scheduled to end the North American portion of their “50 Heavy Metal Years Tour” on November 5 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Their next show was scheduled for Wednesday in Denver, Colorado, and they still had 24 more shows scheduled until the end of the year. The group’s European leg is set to begin in Berlin, Germany on January 26, 2022.
Their last show was on Sunday in Louisville, Ky. At the Louder Than Life Music Festival, where they were joined on stage by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett for a performance of “The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) ”from Fleetwood Mac.
Faulkner joined Judas Priest in 2011, after longtime guitarist KK Downing left, according to Guitar World. His first performance with the group was in May 2011, on the television show “American Idol”.