Judas Priest withdraws guitarist Andy Sneap from tour
Judas Priest has announced the departure of guitarist Andy Sneap from his band on tour.
Sneap, who co-produced the band’s latest album “Firepower”, joined Priest’s live lineup after their longtime guitarist Glenn Tipton announced he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2018.
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Ahead of the group’s 2022 North American tour kick off in March, Rob Halford et al. released a statement yesterday (January 10) to announce that they will return as an “even more powerful and relentless four-piece heavy metal band”.
“Many thanks to Andy for all you’ve done and for continuing to be a part of the production team for our new album,” they continued, explaining that Tipton would appear alongside them on stage “here and there”. .
Judas Priest told fans that they were “taking on the track British Steel to go back on a world tour,” adding, “See you all headbangers!
Sneap has since issued a separate statement (via Blabbermouth), saying the group’s decision to remove him was “incredibly disappointing.”
“Rob called me last Monday and said they wanted to move up to four which I find incredibly disappointing after this time but I respect his decision as they obviously have a vision [of] how they want it to go, ”he wrote.
“It has always been a temporary situation, and as I said before, I will always help the group in any way I can, and that also applies in the future. “
Sneap continued, “I’ve been a huge fan of the band since the early 80s and it was mind blowing playing on stage with the guys and downright terrifying at first on such short notice.
“We’re moving forward with the new album next month and can’t wait for an incredible follow-up to ‘Firepower’.”
The update comes after Rob Halford reunites with Glenn Tipton over the holiday season. “Happy motivating metal,” Halford captioned the image, which showed the couple posing in front of a Christmas tree.
In a recent interview with Spain Mariskal Rock, Halford explained that Tipton made a “massive contribution” to the songs Judas Priest wrote for their upcoming new album.
“And we will continue to write – we will continue to collect ideas,” he added.