Judas Priest revealed that they'll be hitting the road as a four piece this time out, according to Loudersound.com. The band's touring guitarist and co-producer Andy Sneap will sit things out to focus on studio work. Guitarist Glenn Tipton, who's retired from the road due to his battle with Parkinson's disease, will make periodic appearances with the band. The upcoming dates mark the first time the band has tour as a quartet since 1974.
Amazingly, guitarist Richie Faulkner, who suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection while playing onstage last year during Kentucky's Louder Than Life festival is back in top shape on set to be on board when Priest launches its North American trek on March 4th in Peoria, Illinois with Queensryche.
Judas Priest said in a statement: