A Judas Priest tours as a quartet while former guitarist Andy Snape focuses on his productions

Head Judas tours as a quartet while ex-guitarist Andy Snape focuses on his production work

Priest Judas She will perform a four-piece role on her upcoming tour as the group’s ex-guitarist Andy Snape, who co-produced the 2018 album British Heavy Metal Legends “firepower”, plans to focus on production business.

snap, also known for his work on the NWOBHM revival Hell And costume cult crush sabath, began touring with a priest Four years ago after a long time guitarist Glenn Tipton – who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease eight years ago after contracting the condition at least half a decade ago – announced in early 2018 that he would be sitting on tour activities to support “firepower”.

earlier in the day, a priest He issued the following statement: “Hey lunatics! We’re pressing the British piece of steel back to a round-the-world tour… Celebrating 50 years of… Priest Judas As a more robust and relentless heavy metal bar – with Glenn Go out on stage with us here and there as before. Thank you very much to dew For all that I’ve done and am still on the production team for our new album…See you all soon Headbangers! “

bassist Ian Hill He is the only original member left in a priestwhich was formed in 1969. Singer Rob Halford He joined the group in 1973 and Tipton Signed in 1974. rob the left a priest In the early 1990s to form his own band, and then returned to it a priest 2003. Founder guitarist KK Downing We parted ways with the band in 2011, and he was replaced Richie Faulkner.

Two and a half years ago, snap He said he will continue to play guitar for Priest Judas “As long as they want me to.” while appearing on “Talking Bollocks” audio notation, snap He said, “It would be great if Glenn He was there doing it. This is the thing that… It’s always in the back of my mind; It really is. But it’s a good thing he asked me to do it. As long as they want me to help, I will help them. That’s kind of the way I look at it, really.”

last June, Halford Tell Hajj metal who – which snap He will likely go on to be .’s second guitarist a priest in the case of live. “dew Still standing in this place for Glenn with Glenn“A blessing,” he said. “It is very much a given.” [that Andy will be going out on tour with us again]. My gratitude to dew. It couldn’t have done any better, if you want to try to make something good out of it. It was a really important day Glenn He said, “I think it’s probably best that I step over to the side and maybe we should leave him dew Enter.’ This was just a beautiful act of selflessness. this Glenn treasure a priest And a priestReputation, especially in the live concert more than anything else. so bless Glenn For this. And as a result, dew stepped in and did a great job on “firepower” Tour, and look forward to doing the same with him on the fiftieth anniversary [tour]. And do not rule out the fact that Glenn can appear. He plays the guitar differently, but there’s no reason for that Glenn I can’t come and do some work. I mean, I said Glenn, “Just get out on stage and do it with everyone [flashes devil horns]And people will go crazy, “Because you’re so lovable.” But I have a feeling for it GlennIt will appear from time to time on this fiftieth anniversary [tour]. “

in 2019, hill He said it was up to him snap To decide if he wants to continue playing guitar Priest Judas after finish from “firepower” a tour. “It’s something that really needs to be discussed,” he said. “Talking Metal”. “I mean, dew He is now, these days, first and foremost a producer. Whether or not he wants to come back and do it full time will be a mutual decision when the time comes. dew Would be more than welcome to stay. He’s done an amazing job over the past year or so, really. He did a great job interfering for him Glenn. It would have been very difficult if he wasn’t there, on such short notice, because we didn’t realize it Glenn We couldn’t handle the intensity of tours anymore until… We were only about three weeks away from starting the tour [laughs], And dew I stepped in and did a great job. He pulled a real rabbit out of the hat at learning a whole list of songs in such a short period of time. I pulled it off anyway. And as time has gone by, his stage presence, obviously, has become more comfortable with it, and he’s performing really well now. So when the time comes…we’ll give it until the end of this race and then see what everyone wants to do. As I say, he would be most welcome to continue with us if that was his plan.”

In a recent interview with metal edge magazine “Another FN podcast with Izzy Presley”And Downing Talk about the fact that a priest He didn’t get close to him to join the band when Tipton Announced that he will sit outside the tourist activities to support “firepower”. “I was shocked and stunned when they didn’t call me, because I was just sitting there waiting for an opportunity” K He said. “Well, they got it Richie in a [to replace me in 2011] – They wanted it – but at some point, I felt that there would be an opportunity, whenever possible. so when Glenn They handed over the guitar to dew, I was in disbelief. I consider dew Friend – I went to his studio and worked there, we talk. And he’ll admit it himself – even in his own squad HellHe wasn’t the lead vocalist in that band Kevin [Bower] He was the lead guitarist. So I thought this was very strange because he have It changed the course of history for the band, really. But I kept asking them, ‘Are you sure about the door [is closed]? ‘ because dew He always said he would step down at any time for me [go] back [to the band]He said in the press that he would do so as long as they asked him to. And they’ve said it since then dew He’s just a guitarist touring, so it seems to me that they only have one guitarist. but anyway, [it was] do not be. They put their lawyers on me and didn’t want any part of me, so I just [decided to] I continue.”

Downing the left a priest Amid allegations of conflict between the band, poor management and a deterioration in the quality of the performance.

in 2019, Downing He said he contacted him Priest Judas About participating in the group’s 50th anniversary tour but their response was that they weren’t interested in including him in the festivities.

in 2018, Downing He revealed that he sent two resignation letters to his bandmates when he decided to quit Priest Judas. The first was described as “a graceful exit note, implying a smooth retirement from the music”, while the second was “more grumpy, identifying all his frustrations with certain parties”.

Downing He later said he thought the second letter was a “main reason” for not inviting him to join a priest after TiptonThe decision to retire from tours.

In his biography of 2018 Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in the Judas ReverendAnd Downing wrote that he said Tipton And a priest Management Jane Andrews He has “hated ‘both’ since 1985.” Last year, he explained his revolution to traditional rock music magazine. “I was angry,” he said. “Glenn have an affair with Gene From day one, I felt a bit like a John-And-Yoko continent. I didn’t like that.”

last summer, Downing talk to Sonic Dorms How to form a guitarist in Priest Judas came around. “The guitarist generally came out as a fairly light commercial type with harmonies,” Downing to explain. “And I say it in the most beautiful way possible, because Wishbone of Ash They were a great band – not my favorite band at the time. Maybe you’re listening to grateful dead and the James Jung And different men. [There were] Lots of double guitar players in the US, [but] Not so much in the UK, I’ve always thought there was an option to make a heavy two-band version, so I wanted to look into that. And that’s what we did with myself and Glenn. “

last november, Priest Judas Announced rescheduling “50 years of heavy metal” North American tour dates from March to April 2022. Support will come for the trip Queensrich.

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