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Singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES) joined RED SUN RISING, a fully independent rock band from Akron, on stage on August 30 at the Rockin’ On The River festival in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio to perform several JUDAS PRIEST and DIO classics. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

In a recent interview wity J. Thorn, Owens was asked what it is like playing in DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager, Wendy. “It’s an honor,” Tim said. “It’s emotional every night. I feel it every time I step on the stage. There’s something special about playing with Ronnie‘s bandmates and I was his friend. Wendy is such a great person and Ronnie was a great person, so it feels even more special. It’s really an honor to be able to do it.”

“Play My Game”, the first solo album from Owens, landed at position No. 66 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The CD was released via SPV/Steamhammer.





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Singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES) joined guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SBIERIAN ORCHESTRA) on stage on August 24 at Ripper’s Rock House in Akron, Ohio to perform a couple of SAVATAGE classics: “Edge Of Thorns” and “Hall Of The Mountain King”. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

In a recent interview with Metal Meltdown, SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva explained why he is focusing on TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and is no longer interested in making albums and touring with SAVATAGE. “The bottom line comes down to, perish the thought, but it comes down to making a living,” he said. “We’re not 21 anymore.

“When people sometimes actually get snotty with me about it, and I’m like, ‘Where the hell were all you guys when we needed you to buy the record?’

“If SAVATAGE would have released ‘Dead Winter Dead’ and it sold 2 million records, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now.”

He continued: “Somebody else explain to me how I could release the same song the next year and it sell millions. And then I walk around and I’ve got six platinum records on my wall, and not one of them says SAVATAGE on it, folks. So what am I supposed to do? I’ve got a family to take care of. I’ve got responsibilities. I gave it as much time as I could to break. Now I have something that’s become very successful. It’s paid the bills for everybody, it’s provided a living for all the guys from SAVATAGE. We’re still a family, we’re still together, we still love each other. Why would I want to do anything to destroy that? Why would I want to put a monkey wrench in that to rehearse a week and go put a SAVATAGE thing together? It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

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J. Thorn recently conducted an interview with powerhouse vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (DIO DISCIPLES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

J. Thorn: What’s it like playing in DIO DISCIPLES?

Owens: It’s an honor. It’s emotional every night. I feel it every time I step on the stage. There’s something special about playing with Ronnie‘s [James Dio] bandmates and I was his friend. Wendy [Dio, Ronnie‘s widow/manager] is such a great person and Ronnie was a great person, so it feels even more special. It’s really an honor to be able to do it.

J. Thorn: News from Wacken [Open Air festival in Germany] and whispers in the heavy metal world indicate that Lemmy [MOTÖRHEAD] is in rapidly declining health. The bands that came from the ’70s, like MOTÖRHEAD and JUDAS PRIEST, are getting older. In your opinion, what’s the future of heavy metal? Where’s it headed?

Owens: Metal is in good hands. It’s a shame now, but guys like Lemmy have laid the groundwork. People will always dislike change, but it’s still metal. There weren’t a lot of bands like PRIEST before PRIEST, and when they started, people probably didn’t like them, didn’t like that style of music. Bands like IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, and BLACK SABBATH — they’ve laid the groundwork for newer bands. Bands like DISTURBED — which I like because I think they have a lot of old-school influences and they’re at the top of the charts when they release a record, and it’s nice to see that. But I’m not sure if Lemmy will ever die. He’s been in “declining health” for about 20 years, right? Lemmy is a machine… But that’ll be a sad day. Seems like [Tony] Iommi [BLACK SABBATH guitarit] came back from his cancer scare. I think we’ll be alright. These guys have laid the groundwork and every band you see is influenced in some way by Lemmy or these other guys, so we’ll be okay.

J. Thorn: Do you think we’ll end up with “heavy metal franchising,” like Gene Simmons used to talk about? Imagine each city having their own KISS franchise with the KISS seal of approval, playing all the songs people love so that the “band” lives beyond the original members. Is that viable?

Owens: I don’t know if we’re very far from that now. FOREIGNER was out not too long ago without one original member in the band. But it’s hard to say. Bands like MOTÖRHEAD can’t continue without Lemmy. Some bands can’t continue. With PRIEST, I was able to come in but it still really didn’t go on without Rob Halford. It was a different situation. If anybody were to try a “heavy metal franchise,” it would definitely be KISS. Nobody would like it, but they would try it, because they just need to put the musicians in make-up and maybe get away with it. I’d go watch it. You already got MINI KISS out there.

Read the entire interview at J. Thorn.

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Professionally filmed video footage of acclaimed vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (DIO DISCIPLES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) performing the JUDAS PRIEST song “Blood Stained” on December 13, 2012 at The Roxy Live Buenos Aires, Argentina during his Latin American solo tour can be seen below.

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HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale and former JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens joined ADRENALINE MOB on stage last night (Sunday, June 16) at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil to perform cover versions of “Come Undone” (DURAN DURAN) and “The Mob Rules” (BLACK SABBATH), respectively.

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Powerhouse American vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES) joined veteran Ohio metallers DAMIEN — who are celebrating their 30th anniversary — on stage on April 13 at Rocket Bar in Toledo to perform a cover version of the DIO classic “Holy Diver”.

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Metal Rules! TV recently conducted an interview with Tim “Ripper” Owens, the former vocalist for such acts as JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

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Due to “unforeseen circumstances,” singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) was unable to join his bandmates in DIO DISCIPLES on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, which embarked on its second voyage March 16 and returned four days later.

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Due to “unforeseen circumstances,” singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) was unable to join his bandmates in DIO DISCIPLES on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, which embarked on its second voyage March 16 and returned four days later.

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After the recent closing of Ripper Owens Tap House, the “rockin’ sports eatery” in Akron, Ohio co-owned by Tim “Ripper” Owens, the powerhose vocalist for such acts as JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has announced plans to open his new restaurant and live music venue, Ripper Owens Rock House, in May.

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