Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has confirmed the recent drug abuse/hospitalization rumors are complete fake news bullshit!
One false report noting that Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford was found unresponsive at his San Diego home has been debunked by Rob Halford himself.
A website whose homepage is a fake news generator encouraging users to “write an article and prank your friends for fun,” stated that Halford, after being found unresponsive at 2:44 PM, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The bullshit article also noted that opiates were found close to where he was laying.
No aspect of the Rob Halford rumors are true (Rob doesn’t even live in California) and Rob Halford also provided the following statement to Loudwire…
“No I’m not. Horrible for our fans. Please let everyone know I’m in Phoenix packing my bags for Knotfest and can’t wait to see our metal maniacs!” – Rob Halford
IN “REAL” JUDAS PRIEST “NEWS”
Drummer Scott Travis said Andy Sneap was the logical choice to fill in for Tipton on the ‘Firepower‘ tour.
We got to know producer Andy Sneap well enough during the ‘Firepower’ recording sessions that they felt comfortable asking him to fill in for guitarist Glenn Tipton, who had to retire from full-time touring activities due to his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease. While there were plenty of talented prospects available, the deciding factor to hire Sneap was the band’s camaraderie with the British-born, 49-year-old, who in addition to his impressive resume as a producer, was guitarist for cult U.K. thrashers SABBAT and currently plays with NWOBHM revivalists HELL.
Judas Priest recently completed a U.S. co-headlining tour with fellow classic heavy rockers DEEP PURPLE.
Glenn was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago — after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier — but only recently announced he was going to sit out touring activities in support of ‘Firepower’. The guitarist, who is now 70-years-old and has performed on every Judas Priest record since the band’s 1974 debut set, “Rocka Rolla”, is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live.