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Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton diagnosed with Parkinson's

Monday, February 12, 2018 5:39 AM PT


Glenn Tipton, guitarist of legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, has revealed that he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. As such, Tipton will cease touring with the band and will be replaced on the road by Andy Sneap. Tipton, however, will remain a member of the group.

The Judas Priest camp has put forth the following statement:

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 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!"


12 comments


anonymous
6 days ago
Cocaine is a helluva drug

anonymous
6 days ago
No biggy, start playing djent nobody will notice

anonymous
6 days ago
Poor guy

anonymous
6 days ago
his shred skill will be off the charts now

anonymous
6 days ago
Parkinson's disease is nothing. How about you carry Sheetrock every day for 10 years and see what kind of chronic back pain you have. Is your Parkinson's disease bullshit gonna cause you to start getting legit oxys from the dr? You gonna fruitlessly visit chiropractors for years? Your Parkinson's disease ain't nothing compared to what real men deal with every day

anonymous
6 days ago
U would think it would make his tremolo picking better

anonymous
5 days ago
^^^^^^

Holy LOL

anonymous
5 days ago
There's always a spot in the Anal Neckrash lineup for you, homie Glenn.

anonymous
5 days ago
Had the pleasure of masturbating while watching my girlfriend blow this guy. He has a a really nice pecker.

anonymous
5 days ago
Parkinson's disease is nothing. How about you carry Sheetrock every day for 10 years and see what kind of chronic back pain you have. Is your Parkinson's disease bullshit gonna cause you to start getting legit oxys from the dr? You gonna fruitlessly visit chiropractors for years? Your Parkinson's disease ain't nothing compared to what real men deal with every day<---- give it a rest troll, joke is older than you are AND was NEVER funny to begin with.

anonymous
4 days ago
Ain't no big deal I'm sure Rob Halfords fruit cake ass village people homo erotic queer will announce he has had A.I.D.S since "84 from banging Freddie Mecury !!!!!!!!

anonymous
4 days ago
Well this really shakes things up.