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Judas Priest's Tim Ripper Owens New Zealand Shows

Judas Priest's Tim Ripper Owens New Zealand Shows

Friday 11th May, 2012 10:21AM

Tim 'Ripper' Owens is heading our way for two solo shows next month. Best known for his time fronting UK metal band Judas Priest, he has worked with many icons of early metal such as Megadeath, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC and more. Here are the tour details....

Tim Ripper Owens

Friday 1st June, Bodega, Wellington
Saturday 2nd June, Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland

Tickets for both shows are on sale now from HERE at UTR and there is also the opportunity to grab a VIP pass which gets you a meet-and-greet with Owens plus other goodies.

Here's Owens fronting Judas Priest...

Press Release:

Hardline Media is proud to announce...



For the first time solo in Australia and New Zealand, Tim Ripper Owens performing Judas Priest classics, along with tracks from DIO, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN plus his own solo projects.

Owens is without doubt among the most important metal vocalists of the past fifteen years. When he joined JUDAS PRIEST in May 1996, succeeding Rob Halford, the press rubbed their eyes, surprised as well as impressed: Owens had previously been a fairly unknown singer to international music journalists with only a few aware of him from his band WINTERS BANE but he recorded his first PRIEST album, the Grammy-nominated Jugulator (1997) with more aplomb than even insiders had expected. Following successful tours with the British metal legends, the strong studio recording Demolition (2001), and the live recordings, Meltdown - 98 Live (1998) and Live In London (2003) were released as well as the movie Rockstar, which was loosely based on Tims experience with JUDAS PRIEST.

Halfords return put an end to Owens stint with JUDAS PRIEST however he was more or less Immediately enlisted by Jon Schaffer to team up with ICED EARTH to sing on The Glorious Burden in spring 2004. Three years later, Owens followed suit with the ICED EARTH album Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Pt. I), which succeeded the self-titled highly praised debut by his own band BEYOND FEAR. Spring 2008 saw Owens move on to join one of the worlds best guitar players Yngwie Malmsteen, debuting with a sensational vocal performance on Perpetual Flame. This was was followed in 2010 by the critically acclaimed Malmsteen outing Relentless. In 2011, Ripper joined with DIO band-members to create Dio Disciples, which has toured Europe and the US to keep alive the music and legacy of the late Ronnie James Dio.

Released in May 2009, Play My Game, the first solo album from Owens, landed at position No. 66 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart. The CD was released via SPV/Steamhammer and consists of around a dozen brand-new tracks featuring compositions by Owens along with songwriting contributions from renowned friends, such as Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT) and John Comprix (BEYOND FEAR, RINGWORM). The list of guest musicians reads like a whos who of rock and metal and includes: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Craig Goldy (Dio), Michael Wilton (Queensryche), Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, David Lee Roth), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Rudy Sarzo (Dio, Ozzy Osbourne), James Lomenzo (Megadeth, White Lion), Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio).

This is your first chance to see one of the most important vocalists of our time - THE RIPPER!

Jun 01 - Wellington, New Zealand - Bodegas
Jun 02 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kings Arms

Tickets on sale now from with limited VIP meet and greet upgrades available including photo and autograph opportunity with ripper along with a special VIP laminate to keep as a souvenir.


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Tim Ripper Owens
Fri 1st Jun 8:00pm
Bodega, Wellington
Tim Ripper Owens
Sat 2nd Jun 8:00pm
Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland