Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens Addresses Yngwie Malmsteen’s ‘Bad Reputation’

Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens spoke to Rolling Stone Magazine and recalled his collaboration with famous guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen by sharing some details about it. The singer also expressed his thoughts about working for Malmsteen and his one-of-a-kind personality.

Owens proved his vocal talent thanks to his career with two legendary heavy metal bands, Judas Priest and Iced Earth. The singer replaced Rob Halford in 1996, and when the band reunited with Halford in 2003, Owen joined Iced Earth following vocalist Matt Barlow’s departure. However, he didn’t stay in the band for a very long time, and their guitarist Jon Schaffer announced the singer’s departure and reunion with Barlow due to the fans’ requests.

The vocalist was free to team up with any musician or band that he wanted, so Malmsteen was the one that invited him to his backing band, Rising Force, as the new singer after Doogie White. Owens became the band’s member in 2008 and took place in two records named ‘Perpetual Flame’ and ‘Relentless.’ He left Malmsteen’s band in 2012 because they couldn’t arrange the band’s and his solo group’s touring dates.

Moreover, Owens recalled those times, stating that Malmsteen called him right after he was fired from Iced Earth, and according to him, it was an opportunity for a new musical journey. The vocalist described his experience as great and fun. Owens added that he was a bit stranger to the guitarist’s longtime fans yet saw working with him as a chance to gain new followers. Even though he knew Malmsteen had a bad reputation because of his perfectionism and anger issues with many others, that was worth it.

Owens said in his interview that:

“This is the weirdest thing. It was just like Judas Priest. Just before I was fired from Iced Earth, I got the call from Yngwie asking if I’d like to sing on his record. So I was able to move right on to something else.

It was great. I loved him growing up, but Yngwie’s fans weren’t my kind of fans. I thought, ‘This will be a great adventure for me. I can earn some new fans.’ The whole experience was fun. I mean, he’s got a bad reputation, but for me, he was very easy to worth with.”

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