Video footage of powerhouse vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) belting out acoustic versions of two heavy metal/hard rock classics that were originally sung by Ronnie James Dio — "Children Of The Sea" by BLACK SABBATH and "Man On The Silver Mountain" by RAINBOW — on Saturday, May 15 at Akron, Ohio's Tap House can be viewed below. Owens performed as half of an acoustic duo with former U.S. METAL bandmate Scott Jones playing guitar. The set was recorded for future release, either as a CD or as bonus tracks on an album, according to D.X. Ferris of the Cleveland Scene.
Owens last week released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the passing of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW):
"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).