KK’s Priest lead singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens looked back on his tenure with Judas Priest during a recent interview with The Rock Experience With Mike Brunn. The vocalist also revealed if there’s a competition between his former band and the current one as well as the possibility of touring together.
For those of you who may not recall, Tim Owens replaced Rob Halford and joined Judas Priest as the band’s lead singer in 1996. Although many fans expected his tenure to be short-lived, the vocalist recorded two studio albums with the band as well as two live albums and a 2002 DVD release.
His time with the band contributed immensely to his music career since Owens was nominated once for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1999, with the song ‘Bullet Train’ from the record ‘Jugulator.’ Despite losing the award to Metallica and their song, ‘Better than You,’ the singer was made it clear that he was heading to the right direction in his career.
In spite of the fact that the rocker has worked with numerous bands after his departure from Judas Priest, he’s currently known for being the frontman for KK’s Priest which is a band that also features former Judas Priest members, KK Downing and Les Binks. Owens also works with three other bands including Spirits of Fire, the Three Tremors, and A New Revenge.
Since he’s working with a band that has two other former Judas Priest members, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens was asked during an interview if his current band is in a competition with his ex-group. According to him, KK’s Priest never had the intention to compete with Judas Priest.
Furthermore, the singer would even appreciate it if they were to perform with his former band since frontman Rob Halford is one of his rock idols, and lead guitarist Richie Faulkner is his friend. Because his band’s purpose has never been to create another Judas Priest and he has huge admiration for the band, a rivalry has never been the issue if you ask Owens.
In his own words, Owens said:
“I don’t think we look at it like that. There’s one Judas Priest. They’re Judas Priest. If K.K. and I wanted to take that angle, we would have called our new band KK’s Judas Priest. But I think fans are happy ’cause they know they do have two things that are the same vein, and they have K.K. back. I went nowhere, I’ve been putting music out like crazy, but they have Ken and I back together again. So there’s no competition.
I mean, how awesome would it be if we do shows with them? I don’t care. I really don’t. I love the guys in Priest. Rob’s my idol. And Richie and I are friends. But this isn’t a competition. We’re not trying to make it a competition or another Judas Priest. That’s why we put an album out first; that was the difference. If we were trying to make it that, we would start touring right away, doing the back catalog.”
The KK’s Priest singer also reflected on the possibility of touring with Judas Priest and said he’s open to any offers and it would be incredible if they were to tour with them since they all are friends. However, he personally thinks they would most likely never tour together mainly because of the Priest members.
Regarding the possibility of touring together, Tim said:
“I’m open to anything. I’ve never burned bridges. From the sounds of it, it’s never gonna happen. ‘Cause, it never happened with me. I tried to get Beyond Fear to support Judas Priest on tour. Wendy Dio was my manager, and they were, like, ‘Absolutely not. You’re not gonna support us.’ But we’re all friends. I mean, I’m speaking for me — I’m not speaking for Ken. But, yeah, listen, I always look at it as how much fans would love stuff. How cool would it be if that happened?”
You can watch the entire interview below.