Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has announced that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Tipton was diagnosed with the early onset of Parkinson’s about ten years ago and up until recently, he has lived his life normally, regularly touring with the band.

While Tipton is able to perform some of the less challenging Priest songs, due to the difficulty of some of the tracks, as well as his own high standard of quality and performance, he has announced that he will not be touring with the band at the moment. To fill his place, the great Andy Sneap will be filling in as a touring guitarist.

Glenn commented, “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! So at some point in the not too distant future I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again”

Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott said the following, “We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest – he is a true metal hero!”

“We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the Firepower tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real – as Glenn has said we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road….. We love you Glenn!”