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Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinsons

Speaking frankly, this isn’t the kind of news that I like to broadcast but with everyone alerting their own readers I must fall in with the pack and share the news about Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The full Official Statement hails from the bands Facebook Page. Read on.

Official Statement:
Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s – from then until recently Glenn has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important. Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression he wants to let you all know that he won’t be be touring as such – True to the metal spirit of ‘the show must go on’ Glenn has requested Andy Sneap to fly the flag on stage for him.

“I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed. I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again”

Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott have this to say:

“We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest – he is a true metal hero! We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the Firepower tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real – As Glenn has said we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road…..We love you Glenn!”

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I don’t have much to add about this but will say that it will be strange to not see Glenn up there on the the stage with his fellow legends. The material is in fine hands with Andy Sneap and I am still excited about the upcoming “Firepower” tour. I’ll close out by wishing Mr. Tipton the very best health that is possible during this time and hope that he feels well enough to pop out on some of the US Tour (especially the one that I am planning on attending in New Jersey). Feel good Glenn and follow the doctors orders. The images I’ve included in this news were shot by me during the bands Prudential Center performance on the “Redeemer Of Souls” tour back in 2015.

Official Website: http://www.judaspriest.com

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Kamelot’s Casey Grillo Relinquishes The Drum Throne!

Sigh. While Philadelphia is singing and destroying stuff based on yesterdays Super Bowl LII win, the Metal fans of the world are as sad as those of the New England Patriots as the news about drummer Casey Grillo departing the mighty Kamelot begins to make the rounds. I’ve culled the bands official statement from their resources and share it with you below. Check it out.

“Dear Kamelotians,

The forthcoming release of The Shadow Theory will mark another chapter in the band’s illustrious career. Coming off of the success of Haven, the band has stepped up their game even more on this new album and the massive tour planned for 2018/2019. Casey is off to new endeavors! Prior to the recent final recordings, long-time drummer Casey Grillo informed the band that he had made the difficult decision to pursue other music and touring opportunities, in addition to the desire to focus more time on his drumhead company.

“Casey has been my friend and colleague for nearly 20 years. We have seen and done a lot together both in and outside of Kamelot. As his friends, the band and I respect his decision. I’m sure that we will all still be hanging out together when we have down time.” adds Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood (Official).

In a letter regarding his departure, Casey states: “First and foremost I would like to thank all of the Kamelot fans around the world for your support during my time with the band. It has afforded me the opportunity to travel the globe, meet the most amazing people, experience so many cultures, and to share some of the most memorable experiences of my life. Between the various other musical endeavors I am involved with, along with my rapidly growing business DrumStatic.com, it really just became evident it was time for me to explore and focus on these new opportunities without compromising the exclusivity Kamelot needs and deserves.”
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Life Of Agony Hires Drummer Veronica Bellino

A short while ago the band Life Of Agony made an announcement about a brand new member of their lineup. Sadly, after many years behind the kit, drummer Sal Abruscato left the band on amicable terms – the news came care of the bands official website but has been circulating around the other mediums now as well.

The Scoop:
On January 22, 2018, Life Of Agony welcomed new drummer Veronica Bellino into the band, best known for her work with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck, DMC, Richie Sambora/Orianthi, and Carmine Appice/Slamm. Updates on new LOA music and upcoming tour dates will be announced shortly! The 2018 Life of Agony lineup features vocalist Mina Caputo, guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert, and drummer Veronica Bellino.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: While we are going to miss the pounding might of Sal Abruscato in the lineup, I am surely excited to see what Veronica is going to bring to the table. We’ve been fans of her efforts for a number of years now and actually met her on several occasions around the NYC Music Scene. She is a stellar and deeply skilled player with chops that make other drummers say “how’d she do that”. I’ve not seen LOA in a few years based on scheduling but you can bet that I will be watching the announcements for some local dates so I can cheer on the new blood 🙂 Best of luck Veronica on this great news. Fans of the band should know that their legacy and brand new material are in very good hands. Goodnight.

Official Website: http://www.lifeofagony.com

Skid Row Confirms ZP Theart As “New” Official Singer

Just the other day NJ Rockers Skid Row started off their touring cycle for 2017 and officially welcomed former Dragonforce vocalist to the band as their “new” lead singer”. I used quotes because ZP Theart had been singing with them for about a year since the departure of TNT singer Tony Harnell. If you’ve been keeping up with the bands doings, Harnell replaced their longtime Sebastian Bach replacement Johnny Solinger. Whew. I admit that it was getting a little arduous to keep up with and the news surprised me because over the last few months Sebastian had outlined in numerous interviews that the management sides had been “talking”.

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Theart is a terrific singer and according to some friends who had seen him in concert with Skid Row very recently said that he had done a much better job at their tunes than Harnell did. I saw some YouTube clips and had to agree even though I’m a big fan of Tony’s voice in TNT. Sometimes the idea isn’t what you expected it to be. If Harnell singing for the band went by too quickly for you and you never got to hear him, the band did make their hit “18 and Life” song available as a free download which you can access HERE. I’ve yet to see ZP fronting the Skids and that is why I’m using photos that I took of him back when the group Dragonforce appeared in NYC. These might have been at the former location of the Limelight.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well. I guess that is that about any chance of Sebastian Bach rejoining the lineup of the group. I mean of course stranger things can happen but let’s be honest with ourselves here, this is the third singer since Bach and the boys parted ways. I’m going to keep on supporting each of the sides but move on from anticipating any sort of Earth shattering announcement about a reunion. Speaking frankly, the time to have worked all this stuff out would have been when Solinger was moved on from. Had they done any sort of reunion back then they might have even been able to secure one of the Guns N Roses opening slots. Now it’s time to get back to business for other bands and stop debating about what could have went wrong. Clearly the two sides couldn’t meet in the middle, and that is if management sides were really talking seriously in the first place and not just theorizing. I wonder if they will re-record their tunes and release them as we find some bands doing to give us how it sounds “today” as opposed to back in the day. Only time will tell. So what do you readers think about the news and the appointment of ZP to the full on role. Let me know your thoughts about this down in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you on it so bring it on. Good luck to ZP, Rachel Bolan, Scotti Hill, Dave Sabo and Rob Hammersmith.

Official Website: http://www.skidrow.com

Breaking News: Night Ranger’s Joel Hoekstra Joins Whitesnake!!!

Okay, so “breaking” is not the proper word since the news hit my frequency last night while I was covering the NYC appearance of Biohazard and could not hammer out a post for you right away. I felt that it was also best to wait a little while and do some confirmation because in these days of Internet hoaxes and fake news you just never know, so after a quick note to the man himself I can safely say that “yes Metal Legions, guitarist Joel Hoekstra has indeed joined the legendary Whitesnake”.

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