Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton spoke in an interview with Guitar World and explains his feelings about Parkinson’s disease. He said:

“By now, many of you will know I won’t be doing the forthcoming Judas Priest tour because of health issues. I’m so sorry, but four years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and was told by my specialist that I had already had it for over 10 years.

I knew something was wrong with my co-ordination and fluency regarding my playing, but I worked around it and battled on. I have good days and bad days, but the disease is degenerative and I would never want to compromise the greatest metal band in the world.

It was therefore during the last rehearsals I decided to step down and have Andy Sneap fill in. He’s a great guy and I’m sure he’ll do a great job. I’m sure the band will be as strong than ever.

I have been overwhelmed by the massive support and love I’ve had from other artists and from fans all over the world and from many friends and metal maniacs out there. It’s not the end for me – I’ll still be able to write and record and on good days even join the band on stage for a few songs. With new medication and advances being made, who knows what the future holds, but one thing’s for sure: it will certainly involve Priest!

Finally, the biggest thanks goes to Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott who have stood by me and supported me through everything.”

Click here to entire interview.