Tuesday, January 1: Tig's Rock Birthdays

Guitarist Richie Faulkner (L) and singer Rob Halford of Judas Priest perform at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort as the band tours in support of the album 'Redeemer of Souls' on November 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Happy Birthday today (Jan. 1) to guitarist Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest. He's 39. Faulkner replaced guitarist K.K. Downing in the band after Downing's departure.

Richie Faulkner's first appearance with Judas Priest was on American Idol in 2011 where the band performed "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law". Faulkner also appeared on Judas Priest's 2014 release, Redeemer of Souls. The album sold around 32,000 copies in the U.S. and debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart marking the band's first U.S Top 10 debut. Judas Priest supported the album with a world tour in 2014 and continued touring throughout 2015. A new album called Firepower was released in 2018 and the band hit the road for a U.S. tour. Judas  Priest will be on the road this year with more Firepower tour dates including two nights in Albany, NY at The Palace Theater May 18 and 19. Check out the official Judas Priest website here for info. Cheers to Richie Faulkner on his birthday today! 

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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