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Judas Priest Guitarist To Reduce Touring Due To Parkinson's

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Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest has revealed that he will reduce his touring load as a result of his recent Parkinson's disease diagnosis. He broke the news earlier this year about the condition and says that's why he's slowing down slightly, although he's still very much at the core of the band.

"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," Tipton stated.

The band also released a statement, noting:

"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!"

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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