PEOPLE: Citing Parkinson's, Judas Priest's Glenn Tipton drops touring with band; Rapper Dessa working on book; Paul McCartney earns prestigious Israel honor

Judas Priest guitarist won't be touring

Legendary guitarist Glenn Tipton won't be joining the heavy metal band Judas Priest on its upcoming tour.

The British rockers say Tipton is stepping down from touring due to Parkinson's disease, a condition that began to afflict him a decade ago.

He will be replaced on the band's "Firepower" tour by Andy Sneap, a veteran heavy metal producer, and the guitarist for the British band Hell.

Tipton was the lone remaining original member of Judas Priest's twin-lead guitar attack that powered solos on tracks including "Electric Eye" and "Hell Bent For Leather."

Tipton says he's still part of the band, and hopes to play when he's able.

Rapper working on book of essays

Dessa's latest project is all words.

The Minneapolis-based rapper-singer has a deal with Dutton for a book of essays, the publisher told The Associated Press. "My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love" is scheduled to come out Sept. 18.

She is a member of the indie group Doomtree and her solo album, "Chime," comes out Feb. 23. She also contributed to Lin-Manuel Miranda's charity single for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, "Almost Like Praying."

McCartney earns honor from Israel

Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize is honoring Paul McCartney this year as well as scientists from the U.S., Japan and Britain, among other countries.

The Wolf Foundation said that McCartney "is one of the greatest songwriters of all time."

Each year the Wolf Foundation awards $100,000 prizes in five fields. About three dozen winners have gone on to receive Nobel prizes.

It was not immediately known if the former Beatle will appear in Israel for the award ceremony in May.

Today's birthdays:
Actress Claire Bloom is 87. Drummer Mick Avory of The Kinks is 74. Jazz saxophonist Henry Threadgill is 74. Actress Jane Seymour is 67. Singer Melissa Manchester is 67. Cartoonist Matt Groening is 64. Bassist Mikey Craig of Culture Club is 58. Singer Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes is 38. Actress Natalie Morales is 33. Actress Amber Riley is 32.

                                                                                      — The Associated Press


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