Former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owen spoke in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar and revealed how the band doubled their incomes.

He has shared the story about the reason why the band decided to bring back Rob Halford. Interviewer asked:

“I recently spoke to Blaze Bayley and one of the things he talked about was the old metal bands getting back together with their old singers since the ’90s. Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest…

He mentioned that the old singers were coming back at that point because the record sales were going down. Do you think this is true? Or what was the reason why they decided to bring back Rob Halford?”

Tim responded:

“Well, the band needed Rob Halford, really. Blaze – same with Maiden, I joined Judas Priest in a horrible time in heavy metal – the mid-’90s. It wasn’t very good. It started taking up in 2000, but it was too late for us.

I’ve always said it this way – Judas Priest needed Rob Halford back and Rob needed to come back. He needed Judas Priest. I mean, he can have a very successful solo career, he still co do his Halford thing. But money’s doubled with Judas Priest and Rob Halford. So they needed each other.

I think we could have continued on, I think we could have been successful and did it. But really, I think it was a smart decision for everybody. But I think that is it. Bands need the original lineup and the original singers to come back together and do that.

I mean, Judas Priest – if they got K.K. back… I love Ritchie [Faulkner], I wouldn’t ever want Ritchie to go anywhere, but if they had that lineup back and they did a big tour, it probably would fetch more money as well.”

Click here to entire interview via Ultimate-Guitar.