Heavy Metal trailblazers Judas Priest have launched a Parkinson’s Foundation, named after lead guitarist Glen Tipton, which aims to benefit a pioneering new treatment called MR guided focussed focused ultrasound thalamotomy which although in its early stages has already had great success with a Parkinson’s related condition called essential tremor.
Earlier this year, Judas Priest lead guitarist Glen Tipton announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and stated that:
“I knew that something was wrong as my coordination and speed were affected and have both been slowly getting worse over the last 10 years. Accordingly, when I was diagnosed, it wasn’t really a shock.”
Tipton then pulled out of the current Judas Priest tour but has made occasional appearances onstage during encores, but he still remains within the band and plans to contribute creatively to new material.
As part of the fundraising drive, the band has released ‘No Surrender’ t-shirts for sale named after one of tracks on the latest album, Firepower. Although I’m not too sure how well the slogan will go down in certain parts of the West of Scotland!
Proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts will go to the new foundation and can be obtained from the following link:
In other Judas Priest related news; a couple of guitars inspired by the band will be on view at the Bloodstock Festival’s RAM Gallery as part of a dedicated Judas Priest wall in honour of the band headlining the Friday night show.
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