Monday, 6 February 2012

Touring With Tim Ripper Owens - 2012

Moving swiftly on . . . 
I'm over the moon to be playing with the legendary Tim Ripper Owens on tour this year.

Tim's career has been nothing short of spectacular.
So spectacular in fact, that he was was nominated for a grammy award for best metal performance in 1999, and Hollywood made a movie (Rock Star) based on his rise to fame as singer for Judas Priest, with Mark Wahlberg (The Perfect Storm, Boogie Nights, Planet Of The Apes) playing the lead, and Jennifer Anniston (Friends, Iron Giant) as his female compadre.

Tim Owens replaced Rob Halford as frontman of Judas Priest between 1996 - 2003.
During this time, the band released two new studio albums: Jugulator (1997) and Demolition (2001) - as well as two live albums; '98 Live Meltdown, and Live In London, which was also released as a live DVD.

He then took over from Matt Barlow as vocalist for Iced Earth from 2003 - 2007, releasing two studio albums, The Glorious Burden (2004) and Framing Armageddon (2007) and also an EP, entitled Overture Of The Wicked (2007).

During this time - in 2005, alongside working with Iced Earth - Tim started up metal band Beyond Fear as a side project after leaving Judas Priest, and in 2006 released studio album 'Beyond Fear'.

From 2008 - 2010, he took up vocal duties in Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising force, producing two studio albums; Perpetual Flame (2008) and Relentless (2010)

From 2009 - present, Tim fronts Charred Walls Of The Damned, which has to date released two full studio albums Charred Walls Of The Damned (2010) and Cold Winds On Timeless Days (2011)

He is also a member of a covers band called HAIL - along with a rotating who's-who cast of extremely influential and highly respected musicians including Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament) David Ellefson (Megadeth) Mike Portnoy (Stone Sour, Dream Theater) Jimmy DeGrasso (Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper) Phil Demmel (Machine Head) & James LoMenzo (Black Label Society, Slash's Snake Pit) as well as many others, and in 2011, Tim joined forces with Dio Disciples, which also features Dio members; Craig Goldy, James LoMenzo, Simon Wright & Scott Warren.

Tim has played with many of the best musicians in the world, so I have to say that it's not only a huge honor to play on stage with him - it's also very very humbling indeed.

On top of this, I get to play onstage once again with my hombres Claudio Tirincanti, Nick Meganck and Steve Deleu.
I have been burning the midnight oil on the set-list, and everything is well on track for the tour in September.
Bring it on!

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