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Tim "Ripper" Owens Speaks On Yngwie Malmsteen Job

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As reported yesterday, Tim "Ripper" Owens" (ex-ICED EARTH, ex-JUDAS PRIEST) has officially joined Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen as his new lead vocalist. D.X. Ferris from Cleveland's Scene spoke exclusively to Owens where he had this to say:

"Yes, it is official, I will be singing on the next Yngwie Malmsteen CD, and I couldn't be more excited about working with him. We have known each other for a while and we have never had the opportunity to work together (aside from the 'Mr. Crowley' song) until now. Back when I was in PRIEST, we had tried to get together to do something but we couldn’t get our schedules to align."

In addition, Ripper told the Cleveland Scene that he'll just be singing for the project, and won’t be writing material, but expects to tour behind the record. He says he's learning old and new material including "You Don’t Remember".

As far as his other band, BEYOND FEAR, is concerned, Owens added: "I'm still doing BEYOND FEAR [a group of locals that records for international indie Metal label SPV Records], but not sure of the timing of everything. To all the fans who are writing in expressing their congrats and concerns, please know that BEYOND FEAR will always be a main focus of mine, but I now have a great opportunity to work with one of the greatest guitarists ever... I AM A VIKING... LOL!"

A message previously posted on Malmsteen's website stated: "Yngwie's long-awaited CD is now in its final stages of creation, with a tentative release date of July 2008. The new lineup that will take Yngwie's new album on the road will be Yngwie on guitars (of course!), Tim 'Ripper' Owens on vocals, Bjorn Englen on bass, Michael Troy on keys, and Patrik Johansson on drums."

Source: Metaleater

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