As reported, the guitarist said he was “shocked and stunned” for not being invited to step in for Glenn Tipton.
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford commented on guitarist KK Downing’s recent statement in which he said he was “shocked and stunned” for not being invited to fill in for Glenn Tipton.
As widely reported, Tipton was forced to stop touring with the band due to struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Downing – who co-founded the band in 1969 – retired from the fold in 2011.
Halford said on The Freaks With Kenny & Crash radio show (via Blabbermouth):
“Let me just say that the great joy of Judas Priest is that we’ve never gone into this kind of arena of a public dispute. And it’s so easy to fall into that trap in social media today. How many people have you seen in sports, for example, that have made a rash comment on Twitter, just on the heat of the moment, emotionally.
“You know, we’re all human, we’ve all got feelings, and we have a tendency to blurt out the first thing that is on our minds, and rightly or wrongly, things can kind of come back and chase you afterwards in a negative way.
“So, with regards to everything that was made in [KK’s] statement today, a lot of it, to me, is completely superfluous. But the one point that I would like to clarify and have on record is this insinuation that Andy Sneap was covering Glenn’s guitar parts on ‘Firepower,’ and I can categorically state that that is a thousand percent false.
“Because I was with Glenn for all of his guitar work, and he worked really, really hard. Imagine this guy in the 10th year of Parkinson’s. I’ve never seen anybody so brave in the fact that every song was a challenge for him to make it work, but he did – consistently, day after day.
“It was just a very powerful thing to experience firsthand. And this just goes to show you about the amazing stories that surround individuals around the world that are dealing with Parkinson’s in their life.
“So, thank you for that opportunity, Kenny [the show’s co-host]. I just wanted to touch on that one issue, because out of everything that was laid out in that statement, that one hit me personally.
“And so now I’ve been able to clarify that and make sure that everybody out in the world listening to the show, on the Internet and elsewhere, understands that everything that you hear from Glenn on ‘Firepower’ is the amazing Glenn Tipton. Oh yeah!”