Former Judas Priest singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens recently appeared as a guest on the Who’s Your Band podcast and talked about his time in Judas Priest. He stated that he disagreed with some of the band’s decisions.
When Rob Halford left Judas Priest in 1992, he was replaced by Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens in 1996. Owens contributed to two studio albums: the 1997 album ‘Jugulator’ and the 2001 album ‘Demolition.’ Later on, in 2003, Halford decided to return to the band, and Owens left.
After Judas Priest, Owens worked with various bands and collaborated with several musicians. In the podcast, the former Judas Priest singer was asked whether he felt comfortable enough to state his opinion within the band. He explained that he always had a deep respect for the band members, and they treated him very well all the time.
Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens also revealed that he would mostly step back and watch the other band members. He always tried to learn from them, so he would still see it as a chance to learn even if he disagreed with what they did. Later on during the conversation, Owens stressed that for him, the band’s decision to turn down Ozzfest and tour with Iron Maiden was wrong. Owens thinks it was a bad decision, but he also stated that most of the things he learned were positive.
Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens is speaking on his time in Judas Priest:
“But I went with the flow on. I know I got in some talks with them about what I should wear and stuff towards the very end. Of course, then I was fired right after that. But I would talk to them about, ‘I don’t know if I wanna wear that jacket. That’s not my thing. I’ve gotta be me.’ But they treated me so well, everything felt natural.
So if I really had to say something, I could say it without feeling like I was stepping on toes. But on purpose, I would sit back and just be, like, ‘I’ll let these guys call the shots.’ I mean, they got here for a reason. I sat back and learned from ’em — let’s put it that way. I sat back, and what they did, whether I thought it was right or wrong.
If they did something I thought was wrong, I would learn. I don’t know if that was the right move. Turning down Ozzfest. Turning down touring with Iron Maiden. Just little things at the time I thought might have been some bad moves. But 99.9 percent of the things I learned off of them were good and positive and helped me out in my career.”
You can watch the entire conversation below.