During a recent interview with Consequence, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford shared his feelings about the health status of their guitarist, Richie Faulkner.

Richie Faulkner joined Judas Priest when KK Downing left in 2011, and he has been performing with the band ever since. Unfortunately, the guitarist was recently hospitalized due to a heart problem.

While the band was performing their iconic song ‘Painkiller’ at the Louder Than Life festival, Richie started to spill blood because of the ruptured aorta. He was rushed to the hospital and went through a life-saving emergency heart surgery.

In his recent conversation, Rob confirmed that Richie is doing just fine and is now recovering from the surgery. Halford firmly believes that Richie must have already picked up the guitar even though he shouldn’t be moving around at all.

Moreover, the frontman pointed out that he couldn’t watch Richie’s performance because he’s not sure how he’s going to handle it. As Rob said, he might not be able to stand watching his friend and bandmate dying on stage since he’s ‘still shook up emotionally.’

Rob Halford talked about Richie’s condition in the interview:

“The good news is he’s healing, and his therapy will be picking up the guitar and getting back into these new songs for Priest and getting ready for the next batch of road work.

I’ve had a couple of conversations with him, and he sounds great. I’m waiting to hear that he’s picked up the guitar — he’s probably picked up the guitar already and his doctors are saying, ‘Put that guitar down!”

Rob also answered if he watch the footage of Richie’s performance or not:

I can’t look at that yet. I’m still shook up, emotionally. Eventually, I’ll try to watch the footage, but Faulkner says in his own words when he looked at that footage he sees a dying man, which is basically what it was.”

Further in the conversation, Rob also expressed how impressed he is by Richie as he was very calm backstage after their performance. Furthermore, the musician expressed the gratitude he felt after seeing his friend bravely enter and exit a 10-hour-long surgery.