Former Judas Priest singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens talked about the time when he joined the band during a recent appearance on Mike Brunn.

Ripper joined Judas Priest back in 1996 to replace Rob Halford, and he recorded two studio albums in his time with the Priest, ‘Jugulator’ and ‘Demolition.’ In 2003, Ripper got fired from the band as Rob Halford returned.

In the conversation, Ripper recalled when he joined Judas Priest and noted that it was the absolute worst time for heavy metal, which was the biggest problem for him.  As Ripper said, there was nobody to watch their concerts or buy the new records at that time because the Judas Priest fans didn’t accept him as the band’s singer and showed their love for Rob Halford.

Although Ripper says he understood why the fans didn’t like him and was fine with it, all he wanted to do was try to blow people away during these shows and prove his worth. However, the fact that metal was going through a tough time made it harder for the vocalist.

Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens on joining Judas Priest:

“The problem with me when I joined Judas Priest was it was the absolute worst time in heavy metal ever.

Nobody was coming to concerts, or buying records, it was a really bad time. Fortunately, Judas Priest has great fans and it was great.

There’s no pressure now, I’ve had a long career, I’m wanted to sing on people’s albums, I get calls all the time to do records, join bands… All I need to do is make us happy, so the only pressure on me is to sing these songs live and sound as good as I can.”

He continued:

“And I actually didn’t feel pressure when I joined Judas Priest because I knew how I sang, and I was a Judas Priest fan. So as a fan, knowing how I sang, I’m like, ‘Why wouldn’t I like me?’

Come to the concert, you don’t like your record, come to the concert and watch it. But I totally knew fans didn’t accept me, I understood it, and I was fine with it. All I do is go on and try to blow people away, that’s about all I want to do.”

You can check out the interview below.