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LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 14: Singer Rob Halford (L) and guitarist Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest perform at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort as the band tours in support of the album "Redeemer of Souls" on November 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Judas Priest shared some very surprising news this morning regarding the future of guitarist Glenn Tipton

The band issued a statement saying that Tipton was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease ten years ago, but due to the diseases progression, he won’t be joining Priest on the road for their upcoming tour in support of their new album Firepower.  Guitarist Andy Sneap will be stepping in for him.

Tipton’s own personal statement reads as follows:

“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 Halford, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill and Scott Travis also released their own statement in support of Tipton:

“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!”


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights