Judas Priest / Andy Sneap back as band reverse Rob’s four-piece reinvention.

Judas Priest have once again taken to social media, this time confirming that guitarist Andy Sneap is back as part of the Priest touring lineup.

Last week the band issued a statement that, ahead of their upcoming American Tour, they would perform as “an even more powerful, relentless four-piece Heavy Metal band.”

This signalled the end for Sneap, co-producer of Firepower, who had joined Judas Priest’s live set-up after their longtime guitarist Glenn Tipton announced he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2018.

Sneap said that band’s decision was “incredibly disappointing”.

“Rob called me last Monday,” he wrote, “and said they wanted to move on as a four-piece, which I find incredibly disappointing after this amount of time, but I respect his decision as they obviously have a vision [of] how they want this to play out.

“This always was a temporary situation, and like I’ve said before, I’ll always help the band any way I can, and that applies going forward also.”

11 January 2022

“Hello Maniacs! We are chomping at the British Steel bit to return to World touring….celebrating 50 Years of Judas Priest as an even more powerful, relentless four piece Heavy Metal band – with Glenn coming out on stage with us here and there as before…..!!

“Big thanks to Andy for all you’ve done and continuing to be in the production team for our new album…. See you all soon headbangers!”

15 January 2022:

“Hello metal maniacs…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 able…so see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of Judas Priest together!”

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