Before Judas Priest: Guitarist Richie Faulkner Covers David Gilmour, Brian May and Randy Rhoads — Video

Below, check out three videos of U.K. guitarist Richie Faulkner, all of which were filmed before he was named K.K. Downing's successor in Judas Priest in April 2011.

From top to bottom, you can watch Faulkner play the solos to Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley" — covering the fancy fretwork of David Gilmour, Brian May and Randy Rhoads, respectively.

By the way, Faulkner has good taste; each of these solos is included in Guitar World's guide to the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.

Below the aforementioned videos, we've also included a clip of Faulkner in action with Judas Priest, playing a solo of his own! It's from the band's Epitath DVD from 2013. Enjoy!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.