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Judas Priest Announces the Departure of Touring Guitarist Andy Sneap | Entertainment

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

Rob Halford and his colleagues are set to hit the road in March and have announced they will be starving the 52-year-old rocker – who co-produced the heavy metal band’s latest studio effort, “Firepower” in 2018.

In a statement, they said, “Many thanks to Andy for all you’ve done and for continuing to be a part of 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 while he respects the ruling, he found it “incredibly disappointing” to learn that he will no longer be a member of the live lineup.

He wrote in a separate statement: “Rob called me last Monday and told me they wanted to move on to a quartet, which I find incredibly disappointing after this amount of time, but I respect his decision as they have obviously a vision [of] how they want it to go.

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“It has always been a temporary situation, and as I said before, I will always help the group in any way I can, and that also applies in the future.

“I’ve been a huge fan of the band since the early 80’s and it was mind-blowing playing on stage with the guys and downright terrifying at first on such short notice.”

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

Andy added, “We’re moving forward with the new album next month and can’t wait for an incredible follow-up to ‘Firepower’.”

Glenn, 74, was forced to give up long periods of time on the road because he struggles to play the more “difficult” songs, due to the symptoms of the degenerative disorder affecting the nervous system.