Glenn Tipton Joins Judas Priest Onstage In New Jersey

During Judas Priest’s show in Newark, NJ tonight (March 20), the band were rejoined by guitarist Glenn Tipton for a three song encore featuring “Metal Gods,“ “Breaking The Law,” and “Living After Midnight.” This was Tipton’s first live performance since stepping away from touring due to his struggles with Parkinson’s Disease. Andy Sneap has been filling in for him as of late.


Judas Priest Score Their Highest Chart Debut Ever With “Firepower”

According to Billboard, Judas Priest have scored their highest debut on the Billboard 200 with “Firepower.” The album opened at No. 5 with 49,000 units sold, 48,000 of which were traditional sales. Some sales can be attributed to the fact that the effort was included with tickets for their North American tour.

Judas Priest Perform “Saints in Hell” Live For The First Time

Judas Priest kicked off their “Firepower” tour at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on March 13. The show was the group’s first to feature Andy Sneap, who is filling in for Glenn Tipton as he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. Interestingly, the concert also saw the band perform “Saints in Hell” live for the first time in celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Stained Class.” Footage of that can be seen below, along with the setlist, which also featured first time performances of “Firepower” tracks, songs that haven’t been played in years, etc.


“Running Wild”
“The Ripper”
“Lightning Strike”
“Saints in Hell”
“Turbo Lover”
“Evil Never Dies”
“Some Heads Are Gonna Roll”
“Breaking the Law”
“Hell Bent for Leather”
“The Hellion”
“Electric Eye”
“Metal Gods”
“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”
“Living After Midnight”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Hopes To Collaborate With Behemoth’s Nergal On A Black Metal Project

During an interview with Noisey, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford expressed a desire to work on a black metal project with Nergal (Behemoth) and Ihsahn (Emperor). He said the following:

“The black metal project! It keeps being about to lift the launchpad, but it never quite gets anywhere. I met Nergal from Behemoth recently, and I said to Nergal, ‘You know I love your kind of music. I would love to kind of put my toe into the water and see what would happen.’ So now I’ve got these two very nebulous but I hope at some point very real opportunities to do something with Nergal and still something to with Ihsahn. Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk, that’s my big Emperor album. Both of them are incredible—they just have this real mastery of their world.”

Nergal himself seems down with the idea as well:

Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Shares New Statement On His Struggles With Parkinson’s Disease

Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton has issued a new statement following his decision to step away from touring due to his struggles with Parkinson’s disease. You can read that below. As previously reported, producer/musician Andy Sneap will take his place on the band’s upcoming tour.

Here’s Tipton’s statement:

“By now many of you will know I won’t be doing the forthcoming Judas Priest tour because of health issues—I’m so sorry but four years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and was told by my specialist that I had already had it for over ten years – I knew something was wrong with my co-ordination and fluency regarding my playing but I worked around it and battled on – I have good days and bad days but the disease is degenerative and I would never want to compromise the greatest metal band in the world—it was therefore during the last rehearsals I decided to step down and have Andy Sneap fill in—he’s a great guy and I’m sure he’ll do a great job – I’m sure the band will be as strong than ever

I have been overwhelmed by the massive support and love I’ve had from other artists and from fans all over the world and from many friends and metal maniacs out there – it’s not the end for me – I’ll still be able to write and record and on good days even join the band on stage for a few songs – with new medication and advances being made who knows what the future holds – but one thing’s for sure – it will certainly involve Priest!

Finally the biggest thanks goes to Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott who have stood by me and supported me through everything – GLENN“

Judas Priest Launch New York City Pop-Up Store, Share “Firepower” Logo Generator

On March 9, Judas Priest launched a pop-up store at Sony Square NYC. It is located in the gallery at Sony Square NYC (25 Madison Avenue in New York City) and it will remain open through March 19. You can check out a video from the store courtesy of Piercing Metal’s Ken Pierce, along with some photos below. In other news, the band have also shared a “Firepower” logo generator, which allows you to “forge your own name in steel.”