In a statement released for Blabbermouth.com, Judas Priest’s former touring guitarist Andy Speap said that he’s disappointed by the band’s decision to perform as a quartet on its upcoming tour.
Earlier today (Saturday, January 15), JUDAS PRIEST released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, saying:
“Hello metal maniacs…given all that has recently evolved and transpired we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged with Rob [Halford], Ian [Hill], Richie [Faulkner], Scott [Travis], Andy and Glenn [Tipton] joining us whenever he’s able…so see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of JUDAS PRIEST together!”
Here’s the earlier statement from Andy Sneap:
“Rob called me last Monday and said they wanted to move on as a four-piece, which I find incredibly disappointing after this amount of time but I respect his decision as they obviously have a vision how they want this to play out.
“This always was a temporary situation, and like I’ve said before, I’ll always help the band any way I can, and that applies going forward also.
“I’ve been a huge fan of the band since the early ’80s and it was mind-blowing to play onstage with the guys and quite frankly terrifying in the beginning at such short notice.
“We are moving forward with the new album next month and look forward to making a killer follow-up to ‘Firepower’.