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Judas Priest postpones Colorado concert after guitarist hospitalized

Judas Priest's 50th anniversary concert in Denver was first announced in February 2020.

DENVER — Judas Priest has postponed their concert at the Mission Ballroom in Denver scheduled for Wednesday night.

The postponement is due to "major medical heart condition issues" which have landed Richie Faulkner, guitarist of the heavy metal band, in the hospital, according to concert promoter AEG Presents

The medical issue has caused the postponement of the rest of the band's 50th anniversary tour as well.

"It is with deep regret that we have to postpone the rest of our U.S. tour," said the band in a statement. "Richie has major medical heart condition issues which have landed him in the hospital where he is being treated. In the meantime we are all sending love to our falcon to wish him a speedy recovery."

"As soon as we have any updates from his doctors on when we can reschedule the dates we will of course announce them. Tickets will be valid," said the band.

Judas Priest's 50th anniversary tour date in Denver was first announced in February 2020 and was originally scheduled for October 2020. That concert was later moved to September 2021.

This isn't the first medical issue that has sidelined Judas Priest.

The rock band canceled a concert at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs in June 2019 after lead vocalist Rob Halford suffered a bout of bronchitis.

PREVIOUS 2020: Judas Priest to celebrate '50 Heavy Metal Years' with Denver concert

PREVIOUS 2019: Judas Priest cancels Wednesday concert in Colorado

PREVIOUS 2018: Deep Purple, Judas Priest announce Colorado concert

The Mission Ballroom, which opened in August 2019, is located along Brighton Boulevard between 40th and 43rd Streets, at North Wynkoop, a new 14-acre mixed-use project in Denver's River North (RiNo) neighborhood. The new venue has a stacked concert lineup as fans and artists discover the new venue's charms and features. 

Built and operated by concert promoter AEG Rocky Mountains, the creators of the Mission Ballroom said their goal was to make it the “best club this town’s ever seen.” The venue can accommodate 2,200 to 3,950 guests, allowing at least half of the capacity to have access to seating.

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