The group will not feature touring guitarist Andy Sneap
Judas Priest is on tour for the first time as a quartet. The band broke the news on Monday, January 10, stating that their upcoming The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour 2022 would not feature touring guitarist Andy Sneap.
“Hello fools! We’re chomping at the bit on British Steel to return to a world tour… celebrating 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST as an even more powerful and relentless heavy metal band – with Glenn [Timpton] go on stage with us here and there as before. A big thank you to Andy for everything you did and continue to be on the production team for our new album… See you all headbangers! the group shares in a statement.
Sneap, who started touring in Tipton’s place four years ago after Tipton stepped down due to Parkinson’s, says he was not involved in the band’s decision to tour without him. .
“Rob called me last Monday and said they wanted to switch to a quartet which I find incredibly disappointing after this time but I respect his decision as they obviously have a vision of how they want this to happen “, Snead says Blabbermouth.
“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.
“We’re moving forward with the new album next month and look forward to a killer follow-up. Firepower.”
Priest has always been a double guitar group, so this is the first time they will be on tour without a second guitarist.
The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour 2022 kicks off March 4 in Peoria, IL with dates through April 13 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Queensryche will support the 25 date trek.
It’s unclear if Sneap will join Priest next year when they launch into No More Tours 2 with Ozzy Osbourne.