Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest has revealed that he had a second open-heart surgery.
Faulkner told fans about it on Facebook in a post marking the first anniversary of the acute cardiac aortic dissection he had during a performance at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky.
Faulkner wrote, "Just before we toured Europe, scans showed a hole in one of the connections between the synthetic graft and my own aorta that was causing a leak. The blood from the leak was forming an 8 centimeter sack that was surrounding my heart. The doctors were okay for me to tour Europe, but as soon as I got back I had to go under again for another open-heart surgery. So three days after we played Belgium, they went in, removed the sack and fixed the leak...
"So I'm now six weeks post the second open-heart surgery, feeling well and strong and looking forward to seeing you all again on the next leg of the US #50heavymetalyears tour starting in a few weeks." That trek starts October 13th in Wallingford, Connecticut.