Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has sold a 50 percent interest and global administration rights to his entire song catalogue. Music Business Worldwide reported, “The acquisition covers Tipton’s songwriting catalog of almost 200 songs as a member of Judas Priest, including works dating back to 1979, beginning with the album Sin After Sin and continuing through to the band’s last studio album, Firepower, released in 2018.”

The new deal includes Tipton’s classic tunes — either written or co-written for Priest — including such legendary songs as “Breaking The Law,” “Heading Out To The Highway,” “Hell Bent For Leather,” “Living After Midnight,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” among many others.

Glenn Tipton was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014 — and may have been suffering from it for at least half a decade before that — before he bowed out of the touring cycle behind Priest’s 2018 album, Firepower. His replacement on tour was Andy Sneap, who co-produced the album and was a guitarist himself in British bands like Sabbat and Hell.

On March 20th, 2018 Glenn Tipton rejoined his Judas Priest bandmates on stage at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center to perform the concert’s three-song encore of “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law,” and “Living After Midnight.” 

FAST FACTS

  • Glenn Tipton was born on October 25th, 1947 in Blackheath, England.
  • He learned how to play guitar at the age of 19, and his first professional group was eventually known as the Flying Hat Band.
  • He joined Judas Priest in 1974 just as the band was recording its debut album, Rocka Rolla. He was more involved in the writing of the group’s second effort, 1976’s Sad Wings Of Destiny, and is credited with introducing a more metal style into the band’s sound.
  • Despite his illness, Glenn Tipton did not rule out occasional appearances with the band on the road and insisted he would continue to be a member of Judas Priest, saying, “It’s not the end for me — I’ll still be able to write and record and on good days even join the band on stage for a few songs.”

CHECK IT OUT: Judas Priest at Live Aid on July 13th, 1985 performing “Living After Midnight” live in Philly: