Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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The Moshville Times

Judas Priest – Sneap to replace Tipton for live shows

News from Judas Priest this morning, as the band announce that Glenn Tipton will struggle with tour duties due to the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. He was diagnosed a decade ago, but due to the nature of the condition it has worsened and makes it difficult for him to play some parts of some songs reliably.

By Fernando Catalina Landa (originally posted to Flickr as Judas Priest) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A very sad day for Tipton, his bandmates and fans. The band have announced that Andy Sneap will take his place on the boards for upcoming live dates. The full statement, from their facebook page, is as follows:

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!”

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