Health Issue Forces Judas Priest Guitarist GLENN TIPTON From Tour.

Long Time Guitarist NOT leaving band, but will be 'Sidelined.'

February 12, 2018

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JUDAS PRIEST has just shared some very disappointing news about guitarist GLENN TIPTON, namely, the band's long-time axe man has been forced to withdraw from the legendary metal band's upcoming tour. Tipton has Parkinson's disease, and although the original diagnosis of the degenerative illness was first made and revealed 10 years ago, the progressive nature of the disease (affecting the central nervous system and decreasing motor function) has gotten to the point where Tipton can no longer play at the same pace and with the same ferocity that he has excercised since the orignal diagnosis. (Recently, music legend, Neil Diamond also retired from touring and performing due to the disease) In the band's post on Facebook, Judas Priest state "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." Adding his own personal message, the 70-year old Tipton said, "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.”  Taking his place on stage (as requested by Mr. Tipton) will be guitarist ANDY SNEAP, who has played with the band Hell, and more importantly, produced Priest's new album, 'Firepower.' This is the 2nd serving of bad news recently for Judas Priest and their fans--it was only a few weeks ago that former Priest drummer, Dave Holland passed away. The Judas Priest 'Firepower' Tour Starts in early March. Rock On Glenn Tipton & Judas Priest!