Former Judas Priest and Yngwie Malmsteen singer Tim “Ripper” Owens spoke in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar and explained his toughts about Yngwie Malmsteen’s claims of “singers are not more important than the other musicians”.

Back in July, Yngwie Malmsteen talked with Metal Wani and said that:

“Singers are not more important than the other musicians. They, unfortunately, seem to think that they are. I had it with their self-absorbed way, and I’m very much against it.

I don’t like that, I don’t like any of those people. I would not like to do anything with them ever again.”

Owen reacted to Yngwie’s claim as follows:

“Well, of course he’s gonna say that. It’s just the way he works. But I’ll tell ya, I had a great time. I did that because I wanted to do something different and I wanted to work with a guitar player that changed the face of guitar playing. I mean, Yngwie Malmsteen changed the way people play guitar. And I had a great time.

I actually got along with him really well. He treated me great and we had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. I just had to quit the band. That’s why he probably wasn’t really happy with us either because most of the singers end up quitting instead of being fired.

I was just too busy doing my solo stuff and traveling around solo, doing things like that. That was the biggest thing for me. But I don’t have anything negative to say about him. I know he said that about singers. I don’t quite see how he could ever talk about me like that because we had a great relationship so I’m shocked. Like I said, it must be because I quit the band.

I got along great with Yngwie and I had a great time. To be honest, if he asked me to do a tour with him again or another record, I would easily do it again. If I had time, I would definitely do it.”

Click here to entire interview via Ultimate-guitar.