Judas Priest confirm that guitarist Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will miss some Firepower tour dates – Andy Sneap will fill in on the road

 Judas Priest have issued a statement to reveal that guitarist Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

As a result, the band report that he’ll miss some of the tour dates in support of their upcoming album Firepower, with producer/guitarist Andy Sneap stepping in.

The statement reads: “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.”

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