Friday, 21 November 2014

Tim "Ripper " Owens... The Man! The Myth! (November 2014)

In the early 2000's I got into the band Judas Priest and picked up JP Live in London dvd from ebay! I also obtained the Demolition (2001) cd and Jugulator (1997) album from on line after such heavy metal viewing. I must say that Tim "Ripper" Owens is the man! The guy has faced so much from critics for trying to fill Rob Halford's metal boots on two albums. Afterwards, Ripper moved on to Iced Earth and made a blinder of a concept album about Gettysburg/9/11/America in 2003 on "The Glorious Burden"

After that and leaving Iced Earth, Tim seemed on track with a new band of his own called Beyond Fear - in which I saw them Live with Anthrax in 2006. I lose track of the guy's projects and cover bands, but he keeps going strong and entertains many metal fans in the likes of Dio Disciples. The guy has a great vocal range, if not flawed slightly compared to his Idol peers in which he steps up to! Tim is all right in my eyes...

Previously, Owens was in a metal cover-band called "British Steel" where he would do the old JP songs and was noticed by the band to take him on in the mid to late 90's! This inspired Hollywood to loosely base the film Rock Star (2001) on his career up to that point in Priest. He also fronted a grunge band named "Seattle" in his early career as a singer. You should also check out: Charred Walls of the Damned and Tim's website.

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