Monday, January 17, 2022

Judas Priest reverse decision to remove Andy Sneap from live lineup

Judas Priest guitarists Richie Faulkner and Andy Sneap

Judas Priest have reversed a recent decision to perform upcoming shows on their 50 Heavy Metal Years as a quartet after fans responded negatively en masse to the concept.

The change comes just a week after the group shared plans to exclude temporary touring member Andy Sneap from the series, despite the twin-guitar attack being a cornerstone of their sound and identity.

Sneap was added to the live lineup after producing the band’s 2018 album, “Firepower”, and following news that Glenn Tipton was retiring from the road due to the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.

Fans expressed their outrage at the thought of Judas Priest touring as a four-piece by posting comments on the band’s social media sites, and it didn’t take long for the feedback to settle in.

“Hello metal maniacs,” announced the group. “Given all that has recently evolved and transpired, we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged with Rob, Ian, Richie, Scott, Andy and Glenn joining us whenever he’s see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of Judas Priest together!”

Judas Priest will begin rescheduled dates for a North American tour in early March, which will be followed by European shows starting in May. See also:

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