Judas Priest Guitarist Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

February 12, 2018

In a shocking announcement made by Judas Priest, the band revealed that guitarist Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

In a statement released by the band on their Facebook page, Tipton's diagnosis will result in him having to miss a few dates on their upcoming "Firepower" tour. "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."

Because he wants the band's tour to continue, Tipton requested that guitarist/producer Andy Sneap to act as his substitute. Tipton said in the statement, “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”

Read the full statement below:

At the age of 70, Tipton has been part of Judas Priest since 1974, and has been a vital part of the band since their first album Rocka Rolla