Judas Priest Guitarist Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

Sadly, Judas Priest have revealed that guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease ten years ago, and that he will be stepping away from touring due to the progression of the disease. Producer Andy Sneap will now be taking his place at live shows.

The band posted the following:

“Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s – from then until recently Glenn 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

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 –

True to the metal spirit of ‘the show must go on’ Glenn has requested 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 – 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.’

Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott have this to say:

‘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!’”

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2 responses to “Judas Priest Guitarist Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

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