JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist GLENN TIPTON On Parkinson's Battle - "I Would Never Want To Compromise The Greatest Metal Band In The World"

March 14, 2018, 6 months ago

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JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist GLENN TIPTON On Parkinson's Battle - "I Would Never Want To Compromise The Greatest Metal Band In The World"

It was recently announced that guitarist Glenn Tipton would be unable to tour with Judas Priest in support of their new album Firepower, due to complications from Parkinson's Disease.

"By now many of you will know I won't be doing the forthcoming Judas Priest tour because of health issues," says Tipton in a personal message posted today (March 14th) at the band's official website.

"I’m so sorry but four years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson's and was told by my specialist that I had already had it for over ten years - I knew something was wrong with my co-ordination and fluency regarding my playing but I worked around it and battled on - I have good days and bad days but the disease is degenerative and I would never want to compromise the greatest metal band in the world - it was therefore during the last rehearsals I decided to step down and have Andy Sneap fill in - he's a great guy and I'm sure he'll do a great job - I'm sure the band will be as strong as ever.

"I have been overwhelmed by the massive support and love I’ve had from other artists and from fans all over the world and from many friends and metal maniacs out there - it's not the end for me - I’ll still be able to write and record and on good days even join the band on stage for a few songs - with new medication and advances being made who knows what the future holds - but one thing's for sure - it will certainly involve Priest!"

Judas Priest kicked off their Firepower 2018 Tour last night, March 13th, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Check out some fan-filmed video below.

Setlist:

"Firepower"
"Running Wild"
"Grinder"
"Sinner"
"The Ripper"
"Lightning Strike"
"Bloodstone"
"Saints In Hell"
"Turbo Lover"
"Angel"
"Evil Never Dies"
"Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
"Breaking The Law"
"Hell Bent For Leather"
"Painkiller"
"The Hellion / Electric Eye"
"Metal Gods"
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
"Living After Midnight"

The Judas Priest: Firepower 2018 Tour will wrap up on May 1st in Texas. Support comes from Saxon and Black Star Riders.

Dates:

March
15 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
17 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
18 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
20 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
22 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
25 - Ottawa, ON - The Arena at TD Place
27 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
28 - Oshawa, ON - Tribute Communities Centre
30 - Orillia, ON - Casino Rama
31 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Masonic Temple

April
3 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
5 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
8 - Bloomington, IL - Grossinger Motors Arena
10 - Casper, WY - Casper Events Center
11 - Loveland, CO - Budweiser Events Center
15 - Kent, WA - ShoWare Center
17 - Portland, OR - Veterans Memorial Coliseum
19 - San Francisco - The Warfield
22 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater
24 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
28 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
29 - Sugarland, TX - Smart Financial Centre

May
1 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum



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