Powerhouse vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) was hit by what appears to have been a plastic cup filled with beer during his September 10, 2010 headlining performance at Byscenen in Haugesund, Norway.
Owens had just started playing his cover version of the BLACK SABBATH classic "Children Of The Sea" as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio when the projectile apparently landed on his left arm, causing Owens to stop the show and request that the perpetrator be ejected from the venue.
Owens said: "Stop! Who fucking threw it? WHO THREW IT?!? Who fucking threw it? Get him outta here. Find the person who threw it. We’re not starting until you throw the fucking person out of here. Find him and take him outta here. [As the guy's being ejected] Nice move you, fucking ass. Jesus. Moron, right? Shall we start again?”
Fan-filmed video footage of the incident can be viewed below (around the 40-second mark).
Owens is being backed by the following musicians during the tour:
* Andy Boss (PAUL DI'ANNO, ABSOLUTE STEEL) - Guitar
* Jon Vegard (PAUL DI'ANNO) - Guitar
* Are Gogstad (PAUL DI'ANNO, QUEENSTREET, ABSOLUTE STEEL) - Bass
* Rick Hagan (PAUL DI'ANNO, QUEENSTREET, ABSOLUTE STEEL, 21ST CENTURY ROX) - Drums
Remaining dates are as follows:
Sep. 14 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
Sep. 15 - Ballroom - Hamburg, Germany
Sep. 16 - K17 - Berlin, Germany
Sep. 17 - Krushfest - Jaslo, Poland
Sep. 18 - Progresja - Warsaw, Poland
Sep. 19 - Alibi - Wroclaw Poland
Sep. 21 - Exit Music Hall - Prague, Czech Republic
Sep. 22 - Randal Club- Bratislava, Slovakia
Sep. 23 - Crazy Mama - Budapest, Hungary
Sep. 24 - Viper Room - Vienna, Austria
Sep. 25 - Club Mocvara - Zagreb, Croatia
Sep. 26 - Arci Tom - Mantova, Italy
Support acts: THUNDERBOLT (entire tour) and CRIMES OF PASSION (after German leg of the tour)
"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. The offering consists of around a dozen brand-new tracks that Owens composed himself or together with renowned friends, such as Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA),Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT) and John Comprix (BEYOND FEAR, RINGWORM).
**** The beer-throwing incident occurs around the 40-second mark in the clip below.