[Photo by: Takumi Nakajima, judaspriest.com]

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton joined the band onstage last night in New Jersey for the first time following his retirement from touring due to Parkinson's disease. Watch some video of the emotional performance down below.

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Tipton stepped away from touring with Priest earlier this year after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. “By now, many of you will know I won't be doing the forthcoming Judas Priest tour because of health issues,” the musician wrote in February. “I'm so sorry, but four years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson's and was told by my specialist that I had already had it for over ten years.”

The veteran metal group are now touring behind new album Firepower, and guitarist Andy Sneap has been filling for Tipton during live shows, as noted by Theprp.com. However, at Tuesday night's performance in Newark, New Jersey, Tipton joined frontman Rob Halford and the band onstage for the tunes “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight,” marking the musician's first time onstage with Priest since the Parkinson's revelation.

“The most important thing is that Glenn is still in Judas Priest,” Halford previously explained of the player's live retirement. “He can't tour, but it's going to be great for fans when he comes out every now and then.”

Watch Tipton join Priest onstage last night, and be sure to check out the band's remaining U.S. tour dates after the clip:

Judas Priest tour dates:
03/22 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
03/25 – Ottawa, ON @ The Arena at TD Place
03/27 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
03/28 – Oshawa, ON @ Tribute Communities Centre
03/30 – Orillia, ON @ Casino Rama
03/31 – Detroit, MI @ Detroit Masonic Temple
04/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
04/05 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
04/08 – Bloomington, IL @ Grossinger Motors Arena
04/10 – Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center
04/11 – Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Events Center
04/15 – Kent, WA @ ShoWare Center
04/17 – Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
04/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
04/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
04/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
04/26 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
04/28 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
04/29 – Sugarland, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
05/01 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum

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