Ripper Owens Announces Extensive Aus/NZ Tour!

When this news hit MaF HQ, resident old man Scott Adams had one of his 'episodes'...

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 tracks.

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 Tim's experience with Judas Priest.

Halford's return put an end to Owens' stint with the band; 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 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 world's 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.

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

May 17 - Melbourne - The Hi Fi

May 18 - Hobart - The Brisbane

May 19 - Brisbane - The Hi Fi

May 20 - Adelaide - Fowlers - All Ages

May 21 - Perth - Amplifier

May 24 - Newcastle - The Cambridge

May 25 - Canberra - The Basement

May 26 - Sydney- The Hi Fi

May 27 - Wollongong - The Patch

Jun. 01 - Wellington, New Zealand - Bodegas

Jun. 02 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kings Arms