Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) recently spoke to former Judas Priest, Iced Earth singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens. Owens spoke about the November 3 2019 K.K. Downing Steel Mill show in Wolverhampton U.K. along with former Judas Priest drummer Les Binks and Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson. He also spoke about his upcoming new solo album package and the new Three Tremors (Tim 'Ripper' Owens, Sean 'The Hell Destroyer' Peck, Harry 'The Tyrant' Conklin) ‘THE SOLO VERSIONS’ Release + US TOUR Nov. 15 2019 through Steel Cartel Records.
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When asked about the upcoming show with former Judas Priest member K.K. Downing and how that all got put together.
"I had gotten a call from some mutual friends of all of us of K.K. and Dave Ellefson. He was like listen I think it's a good idea to do a show David's coming to the UK doing his book thing, he's doing a tour and I'm trying to see if maybe K.K. wanted to join in because it's his hometown and are you interested? I'm like yeah, I mean I really I had to squeeze it in though as I am booked with shows that month. Right After that gig I got to fly right home because I got a drive to Quebec City, Canada and start doing a short Canadian tour there with Glen and Shawn Drover. So when they ask me I was like absolutely, I definitely want to do it and it'll be a fun time and I am looking forward to it . The plan is to make it a great set of music, it's going to be a great night, you also got Blaze Bayley opening up the show."
When asked of he would consider a tour with K.K. Downing, David Ellefson and Les Binks in the future.
"Right now this is it, this is what we're doing, we're doing this one off. This is just a one-off special show. Right now that's the only plan. I would love to do it. It would be great to do a tour but it's just a matter of working it out with everybody schedules. As an example I'm booked up with an upcoming Three Tremors tour and my solo touring, I'm booked up pretty solid that's not even throwing in a hologram tour if we end up doing another one."
When asked about the new Three Tremors SOLO album re-release.
"I recorded my version, I recorded all of of the songs complete. I didn't attack the songs in parts, we sang the whole record which made it harder to mix because then they had to go how we gonna mix this thing we have to figure out who's singing what and where. Sean Peck heard my version and goes his version is actually different than my version. I did that on purpose because when he sent me the template to sing the songs I sang it layered because I wanted to be different. For these solo albums we didn't go back and rethink things or redo things. I think the solo versions are a brilliant idea. The solo albums are gonna be released as a three-disc set that won't be much more of a cost to buy than a regular disc, so that's pretty cool."
When asked about the musical direction of the next Three tremors album.
"Sean Peck is already working on the next Three Tremors record. I think the next record we're gonna probably tame it down, at least that was my request. The first Three Tremors album was perfect it needed to come out and hit people in the face with power metal. We're not getting three singers together to make that a mellow record or commercial record it's gonna slam you in the face. The next one will as well but I think we'll probably bring it back a little bit on all us just attacking it all three of us all the time. Sean is gonna start sending parts to us so we can add our two cents. In terms of a timeline Sean is thinking I'm going to get this album out.
Here's the issue we got a ton of touring coming up, so I think Sean's trying to get a lot of it written music-wise and any ideas now. "
When asked about Ripper's upcoming solo album.
"I'm actually working on my own solo record now. I just kind of started. I've had Beyond Fear tunes and stuff lying around that we had written back in the day and I might use one or two songs from Beyond Fear. I want this album to be a little different. I really like how the ' A New Revenge' record (Enemies & Lovers) came out. Maybe make my solo album in that vein but a little bit more heavier. Maybe use a little more of a different angle on my vocals, add some of my low real heavy stuff and a few more highs. Not aiming to have many guests on the album I don't know who I am going to have play yet but I would love to get Simon Wright (ex AC.DC) on the drums. For writing my solo album I called guitarist Keri Kelli who we wrote together on the 'A New Revenge' album and told him, I know we're both swamped but I'd like to start working on a new solo record. I mean could make it heavier because that's the way my voice is or I could do it Beyond Fear heavier record but I want to save that if I do a Beyond Fear record. I also called John Capri from Beyond Fear and I said John I want you to write on my solo album too so we have that old-school hardcore influence. I just like all those influences into it to making a heavy metal hard rock record. I had one song title that I'd like I said that we had written for the second Beyond Fear record that I wrote with John Capri, called Judgment Day, (we were going to name the album Judgment Day) it was one song that I thought fit really well with my Sabbath like kind style. So I think it would fit really well with my solo record, I might even make that the title of the album 'Judgment Day', so you got an exclusive with that one. For my Solo record I'm actually gonna look for a label, I know it's a hard thing to do in this day and age but I'm so busy that I am probably going to look for a label shop my solo record and put it out. "
When asked about his mini Canadian tour called 'A Night of Metal' with Glen and Shawn Drover.
"It's a perfect name for us because we're just jamming metal songs, we're having fun, probably have a beer and get on stage. We always seem to do it through Canada and it's usually just the three shows but this this time for some reason the last minute we added more dates like Windsor and Ottawa."
A Night of Metal in Canada Dates
W/ Ripper Owens, Shawn Drover, Glen Drover, Adrian Robichaud
•Nov 6th L’anti Bar & spectacles, Quebec City
•Nov 7th Piranha Bar, Montreal
•Nov 8th The Brass Monkey, Ottawa
•Nov 9th The Rockpile, W. Toronto
•Nov 10th The Backstage, Windsor
TOUR DATES: The Three Tremors
Jan 27 Mon Austin, TX - Come and Take It Live
Jan 28 Tues Dallas, TX - Trees
Jan 29 Wed Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Jan 30 Thurs Ybor City, FL - Crowbar
Jan 31 Fri West Palm Beach, FL - Respectables
Feb 1 Sat Orlando, FL - Soundbar
Mar 28 Sat Denver, CO - Herman’s Hideaway
Mar 29 Sun Santa Ana, CA - Malones
Mar 30 Mon San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
Apr 1 Wed Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
Apr 2 Thurs Waterford, NY - Chrome
Apr 3 Fri New Bedford, MA - The Vault Music Hall
Apr 5 Sun Elmhurst, NY - Blackthorn 51