Tim “Ripper” Owens wanted out of Judas Priest but would have never quit

Tim “Ripper” Owens wanted out of Judas Priest but would have never quit

Former Judas Priest and Yngwie Malmsteen singer Tim “Ripper” Owens was recently interviewed by The Metal Voice and some of the interview was transcribed by Blabbermouth. Owens advised The Metal Voice amongst other things that he wanted to leave Judas Priest at the end of his time with the band but he would have never quit.

judas-priest-photoThe following are excerpts from the interview from The Metal Voice as transcribed by Blabbermouth (with slight edits):

On whether he thinks doing a third studio album with Judas Priest would have solidified his status in the band:

Owens: “I don’t know. One of the problems was when I joined Judas Priest, it was probably the worst time in hard rock and heavy metal there was, I mean, 1996, ’97…. I joined in ’96, and it was just a horrible time, so it doesn’t even matter. Rob [Halford] wasn’t selling, no one was selling, bands disappeared…. You know what I mean? So I don’t know if it would have solidified it. I mean, what happened is exactly what should have happened. I mean, Rob needed to come back to Judas Priest; for himself, he needed to come back to Judas Priest. Judas Priest needed to have Rob come back. And I needed to go out and do other things. Yeah, I’m not known as the singer for Judas Priest anymore, but I tour more places, I tour the world, I do more shows, financially I make more money, everything’s great. I don’t know if a third record would have changed it. I mean, it would have been great.

Listen, I wouldn’t have quit Judas Priest. I wanted to leave Judas Priest, ’cause I had already recorded the Iced Earth record [‘The Glorious Burden‘]. So I wanted out of Judas Priest, ’cause I wanted to do other stuff, but I never would have quit. ‘Cause I was great friends with them, and I was the singer of Judas Priest. But to make more money and to do more things, I had to branch out and do other things. But I don’t know if a third record would have… It would have been great to do it. I mean, what I’d written [for the debut album from] Beyond Fear, there were songs on there that I had written while I was in Judas Priest, like ‘Save Me’ and ‘Scream Machine’, songs that I think could have been [suitable for] Judas Priest.”

You can read the rest of the article at Blabbermouth.

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