Judas Priest Guitarist Glenn Tipton Diagnosed with Parkinson’s

Story by Cat Badra

Longtime Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has announced that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In a heartfelt statement sent to press Monday morning (Feb. 12), Tipton explained that he was diagnosed with early stages of the disease 10 years ago, and from then until recently, he “has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important.”

The statement continues by stating, “Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression he wants to let you all know that he won’t be touring as such.” Tipton has requested, according to the statement, that Andy Sneap “to fly the flag on stage for him.”

“I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band,” Tipton added in the statement. “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.”

The other current members of Judas Priest – Rob Halford, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill and Scott Travis – added, “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.” They also thank Andy for stepping in on their Firepower tour. The note concludes with, “We love you Glenn!”

Judas Priest kicks off their 2018 North American tour on March 13 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The metal band’s new album, “Firepower,” hits stores on March 9. For a full list of tour dates and details, head to the band’s official website.

Publication date: February 12, 2018

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