Although Glenn Tipton performed a couple of songs with JUDAS PRIEST at the opening date of the band's current U.S. tour with URIAH HEEP, bassist Ian Hill told the Lethbridge Herald in a new interview the band didn't expect Glenn back for any more shows in the immediate future.
"Glenn isn't feeling that well at the moment," Ian said. "He came out for the first show in Florida but I can't see him coming out for the rest of the tour. But who knows with modern medicine?"
Tipton announced his retirement from touring in February 2018 after revealing his unfortunate diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. He passed on the torch to the producer of PRIEST's "Firepower" album, Andy Sneap.
Tipton was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disorder five years ago, after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier. The guitarist, who is now 71 and has performed on every PRIEST record since the band's 1974 debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live.
Glenn has appeared onstage with PRIEST many times following his retirement, always performing the same fan-favorite tracks "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Livin' After Midnight".
PRIEST's current touring lineup consists of singer Rob Halford, guitarists Sneap and Richie Faulkner, drummer Scott Travis and Hill.
JUDAS PRIEST's 32-date tour with URIAH HEEP will wrap on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.