Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford sang praises of his bandmate Glenn Tipton, telling Full Metal Jackie about the guitarist’s ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease:
“The emotions are still raw, you know. Glenn is this heavy metal hero whether he likes it or not.
“First, to be so brave and let the world know that he’s been battling Parkinson’s for over 10 years. We’ve all been by his side for all those 10 years and we’ve seen his determination and his fighting spirit to get this far.
“It was only until recently when Glenn, always thinking about the band, said, ‘Guys, I think I should really step out a little bit from this tour and we should consider getting Andy on that spot.’
“Glenn’s got this incredible professionalism in terms of the standard that he wants to play and he wants his fans to hear him play. That even if it’s off in the slightest, he gets so angry about the fact that he can’t do what he wants to do because the way Parkinson’s affects the extremities for guitar players, it’s particularly challenging.
“I won’t even go into detail about that but to sit by Glenn while he did all of his guitar parts on Firepower was just a privilege.
“He worked really, really hard to get his parts down and he said,’Now we have Andy and I can’t wait.’ This dynamic between Andy and Richie is gonna be very, very special. When Glenn is ready and when he feels like he can get out there and jam on the songs that he can play at the level he wants to play at, he will.
“He’ll come in and out on this tour in the States on this first leg. So, just get ready. Get ready to see those red pants walking! [Laughs]”