JUDAS PRIEST - Glenn Tipton On Stage At New Jersey Show; Photos And Video Available
March 21, 2018, 5 years ago
BraveWords scribe Mark Gromen has checked in with an exclusive update:
"As promised, guitarist Glenn Tipton joined the current incarnation of Judas Priest on stage for the three song encore at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on March 20th. Sadly, he looked thin and frail, despite the good spirits. His replacement, guitarist-turned-producer Andy Sneap was offstage during a juggled finale of 'Metal Gods', 'Breaking The Law' and 'Living After Midnight', giving Tipton the limelight. Overall, the band opted for renewed 'Green Manalishi' over 'Angel' (played throughout the opening week of the North American tour) and both '80s gems 'You've Got Another Thing Comin' and 'Electric Eye' were slotted in the main set as opposed to part of the encore, par usual, to clear the way for Tipton's appearance."
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!"
The Judas Priest: Firepower 2018 Tour will wrap up on May 1st in Texas. Support comes from Saxon and Black Star Riders.
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
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
1 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum
Photos by Mark Gromen