Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, according to a statement released by the band.
Tipton will miss upcoming Firepower tour dates. Andy Sheap will fill in for the affected dates.
“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,” says the statement.
“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.”
Read the full statement below:
Judas Priest are set to hit the road on March 13 in Pennsylvania and wrap up North American dates on May 1 before heading to Poland, Germany and the UK.
The band’s eighteenth studio album, Firepower, is out March 9.
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