Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

Glenn Tipton is staying home when Judas Priest goes on tour next month.

The 70-year-old guitarist announced Monday that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago.

“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,” the band, made up of Rob Halford, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill and Scott Travis, said in a statement.

Tipton also said that he will no longer tour with the band and will instead by replaced by Andy Sneap, who produced the group’s upcoming album “Firepower.”

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“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,” he said in a statement.

“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.”

Judas Priest’s upcoming tour kicks off March 13 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and hits Washington, D.C., Newark and Las Vegas.

Tipton’s bandmates said: “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!”

Neil Diamond also announced last month that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and will retire from touring.

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