Judas Priest have introduced the departure of touring guitarist Andy Sneap.
Rob Halford and co are because of hit the street in March they usually’ve introduced that they are going to be with out the 52-year-old rocker – who co-produced the heavy steel group’s final studio effort, 2018’s ‘Firepower’.
In a press release, they stated: “Large due to Andy for all you’ve achieved and persevering with to be within the manufacturing crew for our new album.”
Priest added that Glenn Tipton, who has restricted his performances with the group since 2018 after being recognized with Parkinson’s illness, will likely be taking part in “right here and there”.
Andy admitted that whereas he respects the choice, he discovered it “extremely disappointing” to be taught he’ll now not be a member of the reside line-up.
He wrote in a separate assertion: “Rob referred to as me final Monday and stated they needed to maneuver on as a four-piece, which I discover extremely disappointing after this period of time however I respect his determination as they clearly have a imaginative and prescient [of] how they need this to play out.
“This at all times was a short lived scenario, and like I’ve stated earlier than, I’ll at all times assist the band any manner I can, and that applies going ahead additionally.
“I’ve been an enormous fan of the band for the reason that early ’80s and it was mind-blowing to play onstage with the blokes and fairly frankly terrifying to start with at such brief discover.”
Nonetheless, he cannot wait to proceed engaged on their new document.
Andy added: “We’re shifting ahead with the brand new album subsequent month and look ahead to making a killer follow-up to ‘Firepower’.”
Glenn, 74, was compelled to surrender lengthy durations on the street as a result of he is struggling to play the extra “difficult” songs, because of the signs of the degenerative dysfunction which impacts the nervous system.