Glenn Tipton, one of the greatest guitarists in heavy rock, is stepping back from the upcoming Judas Priest tour to deal with the onset of Parkinson's disease. The Priest camp released a statement in part saying,

Tipton assured fans he won't 'rule out the chance to go onstage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest,' adding that "at some point in the not too distant future I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again."

While the tour dates haven't been finalized at the time of this posting, we certainly hope to catch a show with at least a song or two from the heavy metal hero. He also wants everyone to know that he is not leaving the band, but rather changing roles. Co-producer and Hell guitarist Andy Sneap will take guitar on the trek.

Meanwhile, Glenn says that listening to new music by various rock bands have helped Judas Priest keep their sound fresh. (see B Rock Note above)

On March 18, 2018, Judas Priest will release Firepower, it's 18th studio album.


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