According to Hill, Tipton faced a similar situation when the guitarist was rehearsing with his bandmates for PRIEST‘s “Redeemer Of Souls” tour back in 2014.
“When he started then, he was shaky, but, as we went through, he was getting better every day,” Ian told TeamRock.com. “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. But after the first week, 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.”
On Thursday, February 8, Tipton, who was diagnosed with the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s disease a decade ago, “came in and he made the bravest decision anybody will ever make, saying, ‘I can’t do it any more,'” Hill recalled. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the control room where we were sitting at the time.