Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest almost retired from the road four years ago due to Parkinson's disease.
Bassist Ian Hill tells Team Rock that Tipton was having issues when rehearsing for the Redeemer of Souls tour in 2014. Hill says, "When he started then, he was shaky, but as we went through, he was getting better every day. At the end of the second week, he was ready to go. He put in a superb performance on the last tour, and we were all hoping that was going to happen again."
However, that wasn't to be. "But after the first week [this time], it was obvious to all of us that it wasn't getting any better. But Glenn being Glenn, he's nothing if he's not a scrapper. He will fight tooth and nail to make it happen, and in the middle of last week, in the middle of rehearsals, he had to admit it. We were all hearing this and we were living it with him. We felt every note."
Tipton will be replaced for the tour by Firepower producer Andy Sneap.