Bad news after bad news after bad news. Such is 2018. Last week, Pat Torpey of Mr. Big died due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. This week, Glenn Tipton from Judas Priest announced he is suffering from the same illness.
In fact he was diagnosed 10 years ago, but it has now gotten to the point where it will affect his guitar playing. Glenn Tipton will be unable to tour as usual behind their forthcoming new album, Firepower. His onstage guitar role will be filled by co-producer Andy Sneap.
Tipton’s statement reads in part:
“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!”
We wish Glenn Tipton all the best in his fight against Parkinson’s. Priest’s new album Firepower will be out March 9 2018.