GEORGE LYNCH On JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER: 'We Are Very Fortunate To Have Him In My Daughter's Life'

August 8, 2020

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch became a grandfather for the fifth time when his daughter, Mariah Lynch, and her boyfriend, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner, welcomed their first child, a baby girl, on July 8.

Asked in a new interview with Myglobalmind if he and Richie ever jam together, and whether we can expect a collaborative album from the two of them in the future, George said: "I don't know. Maybe. I'll have to go out there and spend more time messing around, like guitar players do when they get together.

"Richie is an awesome player. We are very fortunate to have him in my daughter's life.

"My wife and I went out there [to Nashville] when the baby [was born] and stayed there for a little while," he continued.

"I felt bad posting [about the baby's arrival on social media], because I didn't want it to be about that. I wanted to focus on my daughter, the baby and my family. I didn't want to be running off into the studio every five minutes shredding instead of changing diapers. [Laughs]

"My daughter was raised in a guitar world, and we had her on the road since she was very young. We homeschooled and tutored her. She traveled the world with us and would sit on the side of the stage for shows."

George broke the news of his fifth grandchild's arrival in an Instagram post on July 17. He shared an adorable photo of Richie bottle-feeding the baby, with Lynch shredding the axe in a chair only several feet away. "New baby time .big chubz>little chubz>micro chubz. the most precious perfect creature in the present universe entered our world July 8th xo", George wrote.

Earlier this year, Lynch expressed his desire to play in PRIEST alongside Faulkner. Speaking at a Pitbull Audio guitar clinic in San Diego in January, Lynch said: "I still to this day love PRIEST. I wish they would call me up and hire me. Glenn Tipton, hello?"

For the past two and a half years, PRIEST has been touring with producer Andy Sneap in place of longtime guitarist Tipton, who retired from full-time activities with the band following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Faulkner joined PRIEST in 2011 as the replacement for original guitarist K.K. Downing.

Richie was once the guitarist in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris.

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