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When planning their 50th anniversary tour, Judas Priest decided to go out as a quartet - with a single guitarist

For decades, the powerhouse sound of Judas Priest came from dual guitars. Originally Downing and Tipton mastered that sound, but they dropped from the lineup. Glen due to health reasons and KK due to frustrations. Ritchie Faulkner and Andy Sneap entered the picture and the band forged on with their signature sound.

Just before heading out on their 50th anniversary tour, the band announced they would tour as a quartet - one guitar. Fans went nuts! How could they play the songs everyone expects with a single guitar? Some suggested backing tracks, but the decision itself made little sense. Then conflicting stories arose. One said Sneap was too busy with production gigs to join them. Another said Andy felt snubbed by the band for this decision.

A week later, the band announces they will tour with Andy Sneap and their signature dual guitar sound. The conflicting stories and sudden turn-around on touring as a quartet... strange things are afoot at the Circle K. I hope there isn't any in-fighting issues that might derail their tour.

Teddy Ruxpin

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