Glenn Tipton Of Judas Priest Has Been Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease

In a sad turn of events, Judas Priest took to their Facebook page this morning to announce that long time guitarist Glenn Tipton has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

The post reads as follows: “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.

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 –

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True to the metal spirit of ‘the show must go on’ Glenn has requested Andy Sneap to fly the flag on stage for him

“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.”

There’s a little bit more to the post which you can read on the aforementioned Facebook page. Judas Priest just announced their 18th studio album, Firepower. The first single “Lightning Strikes” can be heard here. Much love Glenn, we wish you well!

Photo: By Дмитрий “Ward” Куликов ( [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


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