JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford has confirmed to Consequence Of Sound that the band is planning to work on the follow-up to last year's "Firepower" album.
"This is what this band's done forever," he said. "Whenever we hit the road, it's generally in the support of our latest release. We'll wrap up this tour at some point, take a break, then Glenn [Tipton, guitar] will give a call out to come hang out. He's started noodling with some new songs and ideas. Glenn's just going through the massive archives of riffs and ideas that we have right now, as well as coming up with his own brand-new PRIEST riffs. It's going to happen. I don't know when, but it's going to happen."
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 the "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 Halford, guitarists Sneap and Richie Faulkner, drummer Scott Travis and founding member and bassist Ian Hill.
JUDAS PRIEST's U.S. tour with fellow classic heavy rockers URIAH HEEP kicked off on May 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and will wrap on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.