Metal band Judas Priest drops guitarist Andy Sneap ahead of tour

Prolific heavy metal band Judas Priest gearing up to embark on their rescheduled 2022 tour 50 years of heavy metal. The launch concert is scheduled for March 4 in Peoria, Ill., But not all of the touring Judas Priest musicians are going on tour.

The band recently announced that guitarist and producer Andy Sneap would not be playing on the 50 years of heavy metal tower.

“Hello maniacs!” Judas Priest started in the announcement. “We’re chomping at the bit on British Steel to go back on a world tour… celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest as an even more powerful and relentless Heavy Metal band – with Glenn taking the stage with us here and there as before…. . !! Many thanks to Andy for all you have done and continue to be on the production team for our new album…. See you soon all the headbangers!

While it might not have come as a shock – the group has seen several roster changes over the years – the news came relatively abruptly. After a statement from Sneap himself, however, fans learned that this separation also caught the guitarist off guard.

“Rob [Halford] called me last Monday and told me they wanted to move on to a quartet 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 that this is happening, ”Sneap said in a statement to 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 80s 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 to Firepower, he concluded.

Yet despite this change, the show must go on. You can find tickets here.

Photo by Joe Lester / Legacy Recordings

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