Rob Halford to K.K. Downing: Glenn Tipton Played All of His Parts on New Album
Lost in the brouhaha surrounding K.K. Downing’s statement earlier this week — in which the legendary Judas Priest guitarist, who left the band in 2011, questioned why he wasn’t invited to fill in for the other legendary Judas Priest guitarist, Glenn Tipton, who recently bowed out of touring due to Parkinson’s Disease — was the insinuation that producer Andy Sneap, who will fill in for Tipton on the road, played at least some of Tipton’s parts on the band’s forthcoming album Firepower:
“I know Andy Sneap – and he is one of the greatest contributors to rock and metal that you will ever have the privilege to meet. To that end I have no doubt that his contribution to the new Judas Priest album was much more than just as a producer.”
Woof! That’s a big slap directly to Tipton’s face, and most of us completely missed it.
But not Rob Halford! Ever the classy gentleman, Halford chose to entirely ignore Downing’s disappointment at having not been asked back, instead focusing solely on the above to set the record straight. In an interview with The Freaks With Kenny and Crash radio program, he explained:
“I can categorically state that that is a thousand percent false. I was with Glenn for all of his guitar work, and he worked really, really hard. Imagine this guy in the tenth year of Parkinson’s. I’ve never seen anybody so brave in the fact that every song was a challenge for him to make it work, but he did — consistently, day after day. It was just a very powerful thing to experience firsthand. And this just goes to show you about the amazing stories that surround individuals around the world that are dealing with Parkinson’s in their life. Everything that you hear from Glenn on Firepower is the amazing Glenn Tipton. Oh yeah!”
Rob. Fucking. Halford! No more needs to be said.
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