After receiving some of the best reviews in their history and a career resurgence with the 2018 album Firepower, Judas Priest apparently has no intention of making that LP their farewell.
Asked by Musik Universe if the disc could be their last, bassist Ian Hill replied, “We haven’t planned anything like that. There is no reason to stop doing these things. Glenn (Tipton, guitarist) can play for a while, even during a bad day. It’s just that he can’t play for a whole show for now — and that could change if there are some interventions that can help it.”
Founding guitarist Tipton revealed earlier this year that he had Parkinson’s disease, forcing him to step away from extensive touring duties with the band. Firepower co-producer Andy Sneap has filled in for him, although Tipton has made some appearance for the band’s encores in selected cities.
Sneap is expected to continue touring with the group through next year, when the Firepower cycle winds down. What happens after that is unclear, but Hill said, “There is no reason to stop writing new songs, (Tipton) is quite capable of composing riffs and playing for a while to record an album. So we don’t expect Firepower to be the last album.”
Singer Rob Halford also told Philadelphia radio station WMMR that the band is in early talks to do something special next year to celebrate its 50th anniversary, saying, “We have some ideas and when we get close to solidifying something, we’ll let you know. It’s going to be a great year — what a celebration. Another incredible milestone for Judas Priest that we’re looking forward to sharing with everybody.”