Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill states band thought about canceling upcoming tour for “nanosecond”
Judas Priest‘s long-time bassist Ian Hill was recently interviewed by Metal Wani‘s Chuck Marshall and the bassist spoke about the group’s upcoming tour without guitarist Glenn Tipton and with new guitarist Andy Sneap.
In terms of whether Judas Priest should cancel their upcoming Firepower tour given that Tipton was unable to do it due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Hill stated: “Cancel the tour…for a nanosecond we thought about it…. the tour has been put on sale already and it would have been a nightmare to try to cancel it at that point”.
Hill noted that the band had gone through this before on the last tour but Tipton’s condition improved as they practiced and he was able to perform as he wanted. However this time around, Hill stated: “But sadly, we were into the second week this time and he wasn’t getting any better. His body wasn’t going to let him do it…. Immediately after that, he (Glenn) said you guys have got to carry on. You’ve got to go on tour.”
With respect to former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing expressing interest in rejoining the band with Tipton sidelined, Hill opined: “Well, I’m not sure where Ken is coming from to be honest. He retired. He retired 7 years ago and he made it clear at the time that he didn’t want to come back.”…”so I’m surprised at him being surprised that he wasn’t asked.”
Metal Wani‘s interview with Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill: