Glenn Tipton has thanked Judas Priest fans for raising over £120,000 for the Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation so far throughout the Firepower World Tour.
Coinciding with the launch of the Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation, since June 2018 the metal legends have been selling a Glenn Tipton T-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘No Surrender’ – the title of the song from their latest album ‘Firepower’.
Together with this, the band have been accepting donations to the foundation when fans take selfies on the Judas Priest Harley Davidson motorcycle at live shows.
All proceeds go directly to a pioneering new treatment called MR guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy, which although in its early stages has already had great success with a Parkinson's related condition called essential tremor.
In a post on Judas Priest’s social media channels today (13th August), Glenn Tipton personally thanked fans for raising in excess of $150,000 (£124,000) so far.
PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM GLENN TIPTON: I'd like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who bought The Glenn Tipton...Posted by Judas Priest on Monday, August 12, 2019
Tipton wrote: "I'd like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who bought The Glenn Tipton Parkinson's Foundation charity t-shirts throughout the various tour legs and a big thank you also to those who had the bike selfies done - I'd also like to thank, Rob, Ian, Richie, Scott and Andy - the donations are building up nicely and that wouldn't have been possible without all the hard work from the guys in the band and the crew who went onstage every night and helped raise money for a great cause
"We will report on the amount raised as we go along - it currently stands at just over US $ 150,000 - but there's still a long way to go - for anyone who wants to donate to the charity there will be a link set up soon to make that possible - once again thanks to everyone."
Glenn Tipton announced his retirement from touring due to Parkinson’s disease in February 2018, however he has made numerous guest appearances on the Firepower World Tour and is still contributing in the studio.
Judas Priest are special guests to Ozzy Osbourne on the UK arena leg of his No More Tours 2 trek in early 2020. Tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now.
They play the following shows:
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – Fri 31st
Dublin 3Arena – Sun 2nd
Manchester Arena – Wed 5th
Newcastle Utilita Arena – Fri 7th
London The O2 – Mon 10th
Glasgow SSE Hydro – Wed 12th
Birmingham Resorts World Arena – Fri 14th