Powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) was interviewed for episode 17 of Metal Rules! Radio. The entire podcast can now be streamed using the audio player below.
Owens recently wrapped up a short European tour as the support act for HEAVEN & HELL.
Owens' backing band for the trek consisted of the following musicians:
Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORHCESTRA) - Guitar
John Comprix (BEYOND FEAR, RINGWORM) - Guitar
David Ellefson (MEGADETH, F5) - Bass
Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) - Drums
"Play My Game", the first solo album from Tim "Ripper" 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.
"Play My Game" 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).
Professionally filmed video footage of Tim "Ripper" Owens performing the BEYOND FEAR track "Scream Machine" on June 13, 2009 at this year's Download festival at Donington Park, United Kingdom can be viewed below.
Tim "Ripper" Owens interviewed on Metal Rules! Radio (click on player below to launch audio): (Note: The Owens interview begins around the 34-minute mark.)