JUDAS PRIEST'S Rob Halford Addresses Glenn Tipton's Departure.

Tipton insisted on doing 'What's best for the band."

February 14, 2018

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Fans of Heavy Metal Icons JUDAS PRIEST are still reeling from the recent announcement that long time guitarist GLENN TIPTON will "step back" from the band due to the advancing effects of Parkinson's disease on his performing and playing. Tipton had been diagnosed with early onset of the degenerative nerve affliction some 10 years ago, but has been able to play w/ Priest in the interim while learning to deal with the disease's symptoms. However, on the eve of the release of the band's new album, 'Firepower,' and the supporting tour, the guitarist made the very difficult decision to not join the band for their upcoming trek. Faced with the expected rigors of touring, and in spite of having been able to 'maintain' the illness's symptoms over the past decade, the guitarist knew that it would be much more difficult than it had been previously to perform at a level he would be happy with. Tipton did however leave open the possibility of joining Priest for select shows if he is feeling "up to it." In an interview with Kerrang Magazine, singer Rob Halford said "There's been a lot of emotion with the announcement, but we're very happy for Glenn, that he's been able to make a decision that's good for him and where he's at right now." Halford praised his long time band mate for his tremendous "show of heart," and his unwavering dedication to the band as he (Tipton) expressed great concern more over how his illness/absence would affect the band than his own health challenges. Moving forward, Halford wants the fans to know that Glenn Tipton is still a member of Judas Priest but his role in the band has changed...Halford greatly anticipates the expected fan reaction on the occasions where Glenn can come out to play certain Priest classics, saying, "t’s going to be great for fans when he comes out every now and then to do 'Breaking the Law' or 'Living After Midnight.' The love that we’ve had already has been amazing, and I know when he walks onstage whenever we do that, it’s going to be something special.” Judas Priest's 'Firepower' Tour begins March 13th. (see itinerary below)

Judas Priest Firepower 2018 Tour Dates
3/13 - Wilkes Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
3/15 - Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre
3/17 - Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
3/18 - Washington, DC, The Anthem
3/20 - Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
3/22 - Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/25 - Ottawa, ON, The Arena at TD Place
3/27 - London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
3/28 - Oshawa, ON, Tribute Communities Centre
3/30 - Orillia, ON, Casino Rama
3/31 - Detroit, MI, Detroit Masonic Temple
4/3 - Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
4/5 - Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
4/8 - Bloomington, IL, Grossinger Motors Arena
4/10 - Casper, WY, Casper Events Center
4/11 - Loveland, CO, Budweiser Events Center
4/15 - Kent, WA, ShoWare Center
4/17 - Portland, OR, Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4/19 - San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
4/22 - Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater
4/24 - Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
4/26 - Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
4/28 - Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
4/29 - Sugarland, TX, Smart Financial Centre
5/1 - San Antonio, TX, Freeman Coliseum