Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Starts Parkinson’s Foundation and Shares Update On His Disease
Glenn Tipton’s battle with Parkinson’s disease has left him sitting out most of Judas Priest’s shows, with producer Andy Sneap filling the guitarist’s role. However, Tipton has remained hopeful and still participates with Priest as much as he is able, playing all of his own parts on their last album and performing an encore with the band in March. Today, he released an update on his experience with the disease and his thoughts on a pioneering treatment, “MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound Thalamotomy.”
Tipton also announced a Parkinson’s charity foundation selling Judas Priest t-shirts that feature the slogan “No Surrender,” with all proceeds going to benefit researching the new treatment. Read the full statement below:
“As you probably know by now I’ve had to pull out of the current Priest tour due to ill health – I am still doing some shows and joining the guys on stage for some songs and will carry on for as long as I can without compromising the band. So far when I walk on stage the audience reaction has been amazing, heart warming and quite emotional…
“I knew that something was wrong as my coordination and speed were affected and have both been slowly getting worse over the last ten years. Accordingly when I was diagnosed it wasn’t really a shock. Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott are playing better than ever and Andy is doing a really great job – they have all given me so much support – It was the band that suggested we start a foundation which although in my name is really a Judas Priest foundation – we are selling t-shirts with the slogan ‘’NO SURRENDER ’ (a track off the latest album) which is very appropriate considering the determination you have to summon up to get on with life and beat this illness—it’s the sort of thing that always happens to ’someone else.’
“There are many Parkinson related charities where we could send the funds we raise to which deal with the many different aspects of this disease both physically and mentally – but what really excites me is a brand new pioneering treatment called: MR GUIDED FOCUSED ULTASOUND THALAMOTOMY which although in its early stages has already had great success with a Parkinson’s related condition called essential tremor – Dr Bain, my specialist who is one of the leading experts in this field and his colleagues are now turning their attention to treating Parkinson’s patients with this state of the art MR scanners and are very optimistic as to the positive results that are emerging.
“All proceeds we receive from you will go to this cause and I urge not just Judas Priest fans but everyone out there to help —If you can’t get to the shows you can also purchase t- shirts online at:
“We will keep you posted on what you have all raised through this tour so remember… Keep the Faith and… NO SURRENDER !!!
It’s good to see that Tipton is keeping up such a positive attitude despite his struggles. Hopefully these new treatments are successful, so he can get back to his fervent shredding.