Fan-filmed video footage of powerhouse American singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR) performing the JUDAS PRIEST song “One On One” on November 15 in Panama can be seen below.
In a recent interview with Über Rock, Owens stated about his departure from PRIEST and the return of singer Rob Halford: “I knew the reunion would come some day, but I’ve got to be honest, and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it always, I wasn’t upset. I really was ready to be out. Looking back now, if Halford‘s name had have been on ‘Jugulator’ [JUDAS PRIEST‘s 1997 album which marked Owens‘s recorded debut with the band], it would probably have been [hailed as] a masterpiece. I just think that’s how it is. And I understand, it’s a normal situation. I mean, Rob‘s the man, but I just knew that I could do it vocally every night on stage. I wanted to do it, and I knew that as a JUDAS PRIEST fan myself, I knew that what I was doing was something that I would have liked, as somebody who could sing the songs to the same level.”
Asked how he found out that he was out of the band, Owens said: “I got an e-mail. It’s funny, because I had just finished recording the ICED EARTH ‘Glorious Burden’ record, and I was coming home, and I told my wife, ‘Man, I almost wish JUDAS PRIEST would fire me,’ because I’d never have quit. And I got home and I had got that e-mail. I had just recorded the ICED EARTH record because PRIEST was just in a down period and I wasn’t getting paid at the time. No one knew what we were doing and we were like at ‘stall.’ Everybody was, like, ‘It must have really been bad.’ I was, like, ‘No.’ The record was done, so joining ICED EARTH was seamless. Every time I keep going on. What I do now, each time I get fired from bands, it’s kind of like been a blessing. But, first of all, joining JUDAS PRIEST was the biggest blessing.”