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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Judas Priest: First Photo Of New Lineup

The first photo of the new Judas Priest lineup - featuring the band's latest addition, 31-year-old British guitarist Richie Faulkner (Lauren Harris - yes, Steve Harris` daughter, Dirty Deeds) - can be seen on top.

Faulkner officially joined Judas Priest in April as the replacement for the band's founding member Kenneth "K.K." Downing.

Singer Rob Halford told French magazine Rock Hard, "K.K. leaving was his own decision, for the reasons he made public on his web site. . . K.K. has his own life to live and we can't force him to do anything he doesn't want to do."

Regarding Faulkner's addition to Judas Priest, Halford said, "K.K. can never be replaced; he's unique, and we didn't want any kind of K.K. copycat. Richie Faulkner came to Glenn's [Tipton, guitar] house to jam, and Glenn simply told me he was absolutely brilliant."

Although Priest plans to stop touring after this run, the band will continue to record and intends to issue a new studio album in 2012.

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