Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton steps down from touring Print E-mail
Monday, 12 February 2018 13:23

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is stepping down from full-time touring duties with the band due to the progression of Parkinson’s Disease, with which he was first diagnosed ten years ago.


Hell guitarist Andy Sneap will take over live duties – although Tipton has not ruled out appearing with the band when he feels fit and able to perform, as he confirmed in a statement:


“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.”  


Tipton’s bandmates responded:


“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!”


Judas Priest headline Bloodstock on Saturday 11 August.