Judas Priest announces departure of touring guitarist Andy Sneap – Entertainment News

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Judas Priest has announced the departure of touring guitarist Andy Sneap.

Rob Halford and co will be on the road in March, and they have announced that they will do without the 52-year-old rocker – who co-produced the heavy metal group’s last studio effort, 2018’s ‘Firepower’.

In a statement, they said: “Many thanks to Andy for all you have done and continue to be on the production team for our new album.”

Priest added that Glenn Tipton, who has limited his performance with the group since 2018 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, will play “here and there.”

Andy admitted that although he respects the decision, he found it “incredibly disappointing” to learn that he will no longer be a member of the live series.

He wrote in a separate statement: “Rob called me on Monday and said they wanted to move on as a foursome, which I find incredibly disappointing after so long, but I respect his decision as they obviously have a vision [of] how they want it here.

“This has always been a temporary situation, and as I have said before, I will always help the band as much as I can, and that will continue to be the case in the future.

“I’ve been a big fan of the band since the early ’80s, and it was mind-boggling to play on stage with the guys and frankly scary at first at such short notice.”

However, he can not wait to continue working on their new record.

Andy added: “We’re moving forward with the new album next month and look forward to doing a murderous follow-up to ‘Firepower’.”

Glenn, 74, was forced to give up long periods on the go because he struggles to play the more “challenging” songs because of the symptoms of the degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system.

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