Glenn Tipton: I have not left Judas Priest

A PREVIOUSLY secret diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease for Glenn Tipton has resulted in the Judas Priest guitarist standing down from touring.
Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 15.07.42In a Facebook post, the seminal English heavy metal band said Tipton, 70, had first been told he was suffering from Parkinson’s 10 years ago.
He had continued to tour but now found playing some songs too difficult. Producer Andy Sneap will replace him for the upcoming Firepower tour.
Sneap produced the upcoming album of the same name.
“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,” the band said in the statement.
Tipton was quoted as saying he hopes to make guest appearances at certain, yet to be identified shows.
“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,” he said.
“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”
Mr Big drummer Pat Torpey is another hard rock musician who continued touring in recent years due to Parkinson’s but remained a member of that band.
He died last week of complications related to the disease.

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