Glenn Tipton

Glenn Tipton Sells Half His Judas Priest Songwriting Interests

Former Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has agreed to pen a deal with an independent music publisher, giving them 50 percent global administration rights to his entire song catalog.

The new acquisition covers nearly two hundred songs written by Glenn Tipton as a member of Judas Priest that span back four decades, including musical works dating back to Sin After Sin (1979) and continuing through to the band’s last studio album, Firepower, (2018). Tipton’s solo albums, Baptizm of Fire and Edge of the World are also included in the deal with REACH Music.

The new partnership includes Glenn Tipton classic tunes — either written or co-written for Priest — including such legendary songs as “Desert Plains,” “Heading Out To The Highway,” “Hell Bent For Leather,” “Freewheel Burning,” and “Living After Midnight” among many others.

Back in December, 2018, KK Downing auctioned several guitars in the memorabilia lot, including his famed Gibson Flying V Medallion guitar.

Judas Priest remains active today, with the band getting ready to go back on tour later this summer, continuing their 50-year anniversary celebration. Also planned for the summer is a career-spanning 42 CD box set containing bonus tracks and a 132-page book with photos and memorabilia. This follows the recent release of a 648-page photo book of the band, covering the past 50 years. – Source

“I deliberated for a long time on whether to relinquish 50% of my publishing to another company and realized as soon as I had a conversation with Michael Closter and Scott Rubin from Reach Music just how knowledgeable they are of both mine and Judas Priest’s catalog and that they would be really pro-active with the songs.” – Glenn Tipton

Judas Priest – Desert Plains (Live Vengeance ’82)
Judas Priest - Desert Plains (Live Vengeance '82)Judas Priest - Desert Plains (Live Vengeance '82)

Glenn Tipton was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014 — and may have been suffering from the disease for at least 5 years prior — before he bowed out of the touring cycle behind the 2018 Judas Priest album, Firepower.

“I believe I now have a team who understand and are geared up to deal with metal and look forward to working together in the future!”


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