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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Addresses Glenn Tipton's Departure

By: KANE-O!

February 14, 2018

Fans of heavy metal Icons JUDAS PRIEST are still reeling from the recent announcement that longtime guitarist GLENN TIPTON will "step back" from the band due to the advancing effects of Parkinson's disease on his performing and playing.

Tipton had been diagnosed with early onset of the degenerative nerve affliction some 10 years ago but has been able to play with Priest in the interim while learning to deal with the disease's symptoms. However, on the eve of the release of the band's new album, Firepower, and the supporting tour, the guitarist made the very difficult decision not to join the band for their upcoming trek. Faced with the expected rigors of touring, and in spite of having been able to maintain the illness's symptoms over the past decade, the guitarist knew that it would be much more difficult than it had previously been to perform at a level he would be happy with. Tipton did however leave open the possibility of joining Priest for select shows if he is feeling "up to it."

In an interview with Kerrang!, singer Rob Halford said he and the band are supportive of Glenn for making the decision that's best for him at this time. Halford praised his longtime bandmate for his tremendous "show of heart" and his unwavering dedication to the band as he (Tipton) expressed great concern over how his illness/absence would affect the band more than his own health challenges. Moving forward, Halford wants the fans to know that Glenn Tipton is still a member of Judas Priest, but his role in the band has changed. Halford greatly anticipates the expected fan reaction on the occasions where Glenn can come out to play certain Priest classics, like "Breaking the Law" or "Living After Midnight." 

Judas Priest's Firepower Tour begins March 13th.