Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton retires from touring due to Parkinson’s disease

10 years ago Glenn was sadly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and didn’t let it slow him down. However, due to the progression, he won’t be touring any more with Andy Sneap filling in for him.  The tour starts on March 13th in Wikes-Barre, PA.

Glenn said: “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.”

Judas Priest released a statement as well: “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.”

Rob Halford, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill and Scott Travis said: “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!”

Judas Priest Tour Dates

Mar 13
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Mar 15
Covelli Centre
Youngstown, OH
Mar 17
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
Mar 18
The Anthem
Washington, DC
Mar 20
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ
Mar 22
Mohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, CT
Mar 23
The Palladium
Worcester, MA
Mar 25
The Arena at TD Place
Ottawa, Canada
Mar 27
Budweiser Gardens
London, Canada
Mar 28
Tribute Communities Centre
Oshawa, Canada
Mar 30
Casino Rama
Rama, Canada
Mar 31
Masonic Temple
Detroit, MI
Apr 02
The Armory
Minneapolis, MN
Apr 03
The Riverside Theater
Milwaukee, WI
Apr 05
Resch Center
Green Bay, WI

 

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