Watch: Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton returns to stage after Parkinson’s diagnosis

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Author: Joe McAweaneyPublished: 20 June 2018

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Glen Tiptonn returns to stage

In an emotional 15 minute video – filmed at a festival in Sweden – the heavy metal guitarist’s bandmates break into applause as he joins them on stage

A video has emerged of Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton – who revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s in February 2018 – joining his bandmates at the Sweden Rock Festival.

In the fan-filmed footage the iconic musician received a warm reception as he came on stage in Sölvesborg, Sweden for a three-song encore. In an emotive show of solidarity, Tipton’s bandmates broke into applause while the guitarist beat his fist against his heart.

Tipton had previously joined Judas Priest on a tour of the US, marking his first public performance since announcing his Parkinson’s diagnosis. Discussing the experience with an online blog, the London-born musician said: “It’s just amazing to get, first of all, support from the band. The texts and e-mails from all over the world, and to hear the audience was very emotional. You don’t like to see a grown man cry, but we did.”

Glenn also told a US radio show: “I love it — I love to be on stage with Priest, and I’ll do it for as long as I can.”

Fans of the heavy metal outfit heaped praised on the star and offered their full support. On YouTube, band supporter Keith Darling said: “Glenn, every true Judas Priest fan is sending our best wishes and love and prayers for you. These video clips will last for eternity, you will never go away in our hearts and minds.”

YouTube user tim441 said: “God bless this man. Love ya Glenn. A true warrior with heart.”

Kim Jensen commented: “It hurts to see a metal legend like Glenn in this frail state. I was at the concert and I almost began to cry when he came on stage.”

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