Looks like there really is no love lost between ex Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing and his former bandmate, lead vocalist Rob Halford. In a recent statement by Downing, he said that he was shocked and stunned that he was not asked to step in for Glenn Tipton for the upcoming Priest tour, even accusing former members for not appreciating his body of work. Now Halford has fired back, commenting specifically to what he sees as a slight against Tipton.
Halford said that he was especially angry at insinuations that co-producer Andy Sneap played Tipton’s parts on upcoming album ‘Firepower.’ Speaking with Fox Sports 910 Radio, Halford said, “I would like to clarify this insinuation that Andy Sneap was covering Glenn’s guitar parts on ‘Firepower.’ I can categorically state that that is a thousand percent false. Because I was with Glenn for all of his guitar work – and he worked really, really hard.”
Halford spoke about Tipton’s battles with Parkinson’s and how he has persisted in staying strong musically: “I’ve never seen anybody so brave in the fact that every song was a challenge for him to make it work, but he did – consistently, day after day. It was just a very powerful thing to experience first-hand.”
Of all the comments made by Downing, Halford said it was the slight toward Tipton that bothered him the most. “That one hit me personally. Now I’ve been able to clarify that and make sure that everybody understands that everything that you hear from Glenn on ‘Firepower’ is the amazing Glenn Tipton.”
Judas Priest will head out on tour across North America from mid-March in support of the new album, which will launch on March 9 via Columbia Records. Andy Sneap will be stepping into Tipton’s guitar shoes for the tour.