Video footage of powerhouse vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) performing the BLACK SABBATH classic "Children Of The Sea" as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) on June 19, 2010 at Marreco's Fest in Brasilia, Brazil can be viewed below.
Owens in May released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the passing of Ronnie James Dio:
"A sad day, just a very sad day!!!
"We have lost a great human being and the best singer of rock in the world.
"Ronnie was my hero and my friend, I will miss him and his kind words. He taught me so much on stage and off stage.
"I also would like so say that my heart is heavy for Wendy Dio [Ronnie's wife/manager], and we should all keep her in our thoughts and prayers.
"I do not think of Wendy without Ronnie and I don't think of Ronnie without Wendy.
"We all love you, Wendy... and we all will miss you, Ronnie, and we love you for everything you have given us!"
"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).