Blabbermouth.net brings us some ‘down but not out’ news we don’t like hearing about one of our favorite aging rock and rollers…
JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford says Glenn Tipton rejected the idea of performing live with backing tapes or an additional guitarist offstage to assist him during his battle with Parkinson’s disease. The axeman was diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago, but recently announced he was going to sit out touring activities in support of PRIEST’s new studio album, “Firepower”. Tipton, who is now 70 and has performed on every PRIEST album since the band’s 1974 debut set, “Rocka Rolla”, is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live. He has been replaced on tour by “Firepower” producer Andy Sneap, also known for his work in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT. In a recent interview with veteran Japanese rock journalist Masa Itoh (audio below), Halford was asked to describe Tipton’s battle with Parkinson’s and how it has affected his role in PRIEST. “Well, Glenn has been fighting a very courageous battle with Parkinson’s for ten years,” Rob said.
Most 70 year old’s in good health could not keep up such a rigorous tour schedule let alone someone who relies on controlling the minutest of motor functions while battling Parkinson’s. This guy is still crushing it in the studio and I’m looking forward to the next album.
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