JUDAS PRIEST - ROB HALFORD CONFIRMS GLENN TIPTON WILL BE ON THE NEXT ALBUM
Although Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton stopped touring with the band in 2018, due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease, vocalist Rob Halford has revealed that Tipton will contribute to the group's forthcoming, currently untitled, 19th studio album, reports Jackson Maxwell of Guitar World.
"There's ways of doing this. Glenn can still play the guitar. He plays it differently, but he can still play," Halford told Spain's Mariskal Rock in an interview. "He walked out with us on Bloodstock recently [and played] 'Metal Gods', 'Breaking The Law' and 'Living After Midnight'. He can play. So he'll be on this next album. Whatever work he does, he's valuable – really important."
"He's a member of Judas Priest," Halford continued. "He's still there. He's still an important component of this band and what this band represents, particularly in the writing sense. He made a massive contribution to the songs that we have so far. And we'll still keep writing – we'll still keep putting together the ideas. Because you can never not stop writing."
"So, yeah, he's good, man," Halford added. "He's still a fighter. He never lets anything stop him. He's a great force for people that are living their lives actively and productively with Parkinson's. So he's still very much [like] that 'No Surrender' song – a heavy metal hero."
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