Romania's Bloodbath.ro web site recently conducted an interview with powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Bloodbath.ro: Which is your first JUDAS PRIEST song that you've heard when you were young?
Owens: "Jugulator"... Hahahaha. [I'm just] kidding. Wow... Not sure. The one that got me hooked was "Electric Eye"; just hearing how [Rob Halford] changes his voice was great... but I just loved them all.
Bloodbath.ro: Your strength from voice is something that you've worked it hard or you are born with it?
Owens: Well, I was born with it, it is a gift, but I have really worked on it and made it stronger. I can always get better and I always try to do that.
Bloodbath.ro: Your mom still coming to your shows? (I've seen her behind sound mixer in a video recording.)
Owens: Yeah, she comes down to my restaurant (Ripper Owens Tap House) and watches me jam acoustic. Her and my Dad, they try and get out as much as they can. They are my No. 1 fans.
Bloodbath.ro: Is still annoying you a part of media when they are call you a clone of Rob [Halford]? Or how do you react?
Owens: It really does bother me. I have done so much and I tour solo all the time. It is a shame that people think this. I am myself, I do so much on my own, but it is what it is. Mostly it is Blabbermouth morons that just sit their fat, greasy ass behind a computer and are jealous of all the bands on there. I mean, I have done more than a lot of people. I love what I do, I love to sing the best I can... and I unlike other musicians I have met, I love the fans and to make them happy.
Bloodbath.ro: Which are the sources of inspiration for your compositions ?
Owens: Mostly everyday life, but the great thing about writing a song is you can write about anything you want to.
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