We woke up to some upsetting news today.  I am still processing it and will share my thoughts on the next podcast episode of Talking Metal.  These are the end of days for the bands we love so much from our youth.  Enjoy everytime you see your aging heroes on stage because it very well maybe the last.  Glenn Tipton is an icon.  One of the most important figuers in the history of hard rock and heavy metal.  I really hope he joins the band for some encores or guest spots as much as possible on this upcoming tour. – Mark Strigl


Official statement from the band released a few hours ago by Chipster PR & Consulting, Inc.



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 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  


“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” 


Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott have this to say: 


“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!”


Glenn Tipton and Mark Strigl at Jones Beach – NY. 2008.
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  1. Agree with you Mark, not the best way to start off a Monday with this news, but my heart goes out to Glenn. Parkinson’s is a raw deal that does not discriminate. Whether you are a 60 year old grandmother or a 60 year old heavy metal pioneer, it is simply a terrible disease. I hope Glenn can fight the good fight and maintain his health and his lifestyle for many years. Sounds like from the press release that he is 10 years in so hopefully he can continue on the path that he has been on. This is quite a blow to the hard rock community especially in light of the passing of Pat Torpey last week. I have tickets to opening night of the Firepower tour and while I am extremely bummed that I will not see Glenn on stage, that will not overshadow the gratitude that I have for him and the band for the art they have created and what it has meant to my life. Hopefully the Priest fans rally around the band and really get into this tour. I had a feeling that this could be the last tour before this news hit, and although they will not say it, it has to be on their minds now too. Enjoy what we have while we still have it.

  2. Just read the news, very sad, and hope the fans accept Andy in the band. He’s a great producer, and excellent player. Have wanted the band to work with him for eons, but didn’t expect it to be under these circumstances.

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