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Mike Patton, Tim "Ripper" Owens and Jason Newsted Recorded EP at SXSW
Like planets aligning once in a few hundred years, rock and metal icons Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth), Jason Newsted (Voivod, Rock Star SuperNova, ex-Echobrain, ex-Metallica, ex-Flotsam and Jetsam), and Mike Patton (Mondo Cane, Crudo, Peeping Tom, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, ex-Faith No More) found themselves at the same place at the same time last month at the SXSW music and interactive convention in Austin, TX. The icing on the cake is that the trio ended up talking shop and recording together.
Patton joked about the situation: "I think we all needed another project to our names, because none of us is busy enough, you know? So we like formed a band for a day and recorded some new songs in a friends' studio. We all took turns on various instruments as the need arose, so needless to say between this and our schedules, no one will ever see us play live together."
The unnamed "band" reportedly recorded five songs - an EP's worth of material - but there's no word of what will become of them at this point. Rumor is that they could be released under Patton's label, Ipecac Records.
As previously reported, Tim "Ripper" Owens is participating in a contest with Sadie Rene's nightclub in North Canton, Ohio and Canton/Akron's Rock 106.9 to form Northeast Ohio's "ultimate band," in which Owens will be the lead singer. The contest will search for three instrumentalists to join him - a bass player, a guitar player and a drummer. Owens was also involved with a recent all-star line-up that created a memorial/tribute song to the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
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