Glenn Tipton diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

Seven MoonsSeven Moons Posts: 8,185
edited February 12 in Current News
Sad news from the official Judas Priest FB page: 

"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 - 

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!”

Now I understand why he seemed to be more and more playing second fiddle to Richie.   :s

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  • SirionSirion Posts: 2,977
    Just days after Pat Torpey's death too! If you'll excuse me, this just plain fucking sucks. All the best to Glenn and everybody else.
  • eduardoritoseduardoritos Posts: 2,970
    Just read the news.

    Like with Pat death, the thing goin to me mind is "they'd lived their lives in their own way, not like many of us".

    Thank you, Glenn; you'd do hard work for our enterteinment and joy.
  • This is sad depressing news across-the-board.  I've always enjoyed Priest and Glenn's melodic and catchy playing. It's amazing that Glenn is 70(!) years old and has given us 44 years of mostly top-tier classic metal and yet even with this latest terrible news is still handling things with class and grace as he prepares to make his exit.  I hope the upcoming Priest record does him justice.  Gutted.
  • SkyeSkye Posts: 1,629
    That really sucks. 
  • HaffnerHaffner Posts: 7,515
    I keep denying. He played solos and wrote songs that literally improved my life, made me happy. I'm a ways from acceptance here.
  • TravisWTravisW Posts: 886
    This sucks. Not only have I generally held his output in overall high regard over the years, I've always found it inspiring that he kept working on developing as a player as the years wore on. Hopefully, it doesn't set in too hard, too quickly and he can at least enjoy some retirement to a decent level. 
  • HaffnerHaffner Posts: 7,515
    Priest were superheroes to me...I'll never forget my first three months of playing guitar, my little brother and I saw the Freewheel Burnin' video and man they ALL looked like Metal Gods (Glenn during the solos was just plain bada$$ imo). Throughout everything, that's how I'll remember Glenn.
  • HaffnerHaffner Posts: 7,515
    Aw heck, I caught myself talking about him as though he were already dead. There's life in him! At least this gives us a chance to celebrate his life in music while he's still with us, instead of postmortem.
  • eduardoritoseduardoritos Posts: 2,970
    Haffner said:
    Aw heck, I caught myself talking about him as though he were already dead. There's life in him! At least this gives us a chance to celebrate his life in music while he's still with us, instead of postmortem.
    Yes, he only can't play, but, at least, he can live some years knowing that they are many millons of humans celebrating his music and life.
  • This hits me harder than I thought. As in kick in the balls kinda hard. Glenn is THE reason I play the guitar. Before I knew who the Malmsteens, Schenkers and Moores of the world were, he was there. He’s the reason my first real guitar was a strat (check the picture on the Defenders of the Faith sleeve). I never cared he wasn’t Satriani or Vai in the mind of my high school peers: he was cool and was playing stuff that made me happy. And then I started learning and realized he was one of the few guys who actually improved technically to stay current (tapping on Hell bent for leather, same year VH1 was released and sweeping on Painkiller). 

    So yeah, this hits hard. But this isn’t about me. The man is a living legend and if he can enjoy retirement to some degree, so be it. God knows he has earned it.

    the only think I regret is that I never saw the classic lineup (Halford, Tipton and Downing). First two tines I saw Priest Ripper was there, then Kk was gone.) oh well...
  • mr_crowleymr_crowley Posts: 6,283
    Shit! :( That sucks... Gonna see Priest at Sweden Rock this summer, still looking forward to it but this kind of took it down a notch - hopefully he will come on for a song or two!
  • Duojett71Duojett71 Posts: 8,483
    Proof that there is no justice in this world. Also strong evidence that there is no God. This is terrible news. Glenn Tipton is a Guitar God. One of the coolest guitarists that ever lived who is in one of the coolest bands ever. His solos and riffs are some of the most memorable in Heavy Metal. I hope he will continue to live a comfortable life and that his Parkinson's is manageable through medication and proper medical treatment. It's amazing to me that the guy is 70.....he sure doesn't look it.
  • Seven MoonsSeven Moons Posts: 8,185
    TravisW said:
     Hopefully, it doesn't set in too hard, too quickly and he can at least enjoy some retirement to a decent level. 
    This, exactly.  With neurodegenerative diseases, you never know, but I hope it remains manageable. He definitely doesn't look his age.  
  • LerxstFanLerxstFan Posts: 4,410
    Priest have always been my favorite metal band. KK leaving was tough enough for me to deal with, but now Glenn. I hope for the best for him. So many of my heroes are going through old age now. I know its unavoidable, but it still sucks. Spinning my favorite Priest now....
  • Dr NickDr Nick Posts: 3,372
    Damn. Feeling really sad. LOVE Glenn as a musician, he's so underrated as a guitarist.

    Irony: I'm a Parkinson's specialist, amongst other things. 
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