10 years ago, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with the access of the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Nevertheless the 70-year-old heavy metal veteran has lived his life as the great live guitarist he has always been known for.
At present, Tipton is able to perform some of the less challenging Judas Priest tracks, but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression, he wants to let the fans know that he won’t be touring with the band for the time being. Glenn Tipton has requested Judas Priest producer and Hell guitarist Andy Sneap to step in for him.
Says Glenn: “I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed. I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again.”
States the band:
“We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest. He is a true metal hero! We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the ‘Firepower’ tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real. As Glenn has said, we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road. We love you, Glenn!”