Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
This is not good. Not exactly the news you want to wake up to. It's been announced that Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. It was ten years ago that he was diagnosed with the early stages of the disease and it has sadly progressed throughout the last decade.
As a result, he is only able to perform some of the less challenging Priest songs now, but unfortunately, he has announced that he won't be touring with the band. However, the show will go on as the band's producer Andy Sneap will be filling in for Glenn on the band's upcoming tour dates.
The band comments: "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!"
We send our best wishes to Glenn. Of course it's great that the show will go on and Andy has volunteered his services to fill in for Glenn on the upcoming dates and I know he will do nothing short of a great job because he's a killer guitarist, but I can definitely speak for all the fans that it will be really weird not seeing Glenn on stage. However, not touring anymore with his condition is a wise decision. Like the band mentioned, he is a true metal hero!
Firepower comes out March 9th. Read our review of the record here. All the best to Glenn.