The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced the class of 2022 inductees earlier this year, including British metal gods Judas Priest, who received the “Musical Excellence” award at the Nov. 5 event. Former KK members Downing (guitar) and Les Binks (drums) joined singer Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and Downing replacement Richie Faulkner for a medley of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”, “Breaking the Law”, and “Living After Midnight”.
Metal Rules’ Robert Cavuoto recently caught up with Faulkner, who discussed the performance he previously described as “surreal”, and talked about the band’s upcoming studio album. Check out the interview below.
On the performance of the induction ceremony
Faulkner: “I was just happy to be there to support the rest of the guys. I offered to abstain, I didn’t need to be there, (but) the guys wanted me to be part of the band even though I wasn’t inducted, so to speak. They thought it was important for me to represent the band in 2022, so that was really nice of them. It was a great night.
Faulkner shared a message on Instagram after the induction ceremony:
“A life I’m gonna live!! What a night! I’m sure it was a flood of emotions for everyone involved and for all the fans, but being up there with GT and KK as part of a Guitar TRIO with Judas Priest was an experience I will never forget. A big shout out to all the amazing guys and artists who were inducted last night. It was truly surreal to be there.