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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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1. Errol writes:

This better be true! Good to see Newsted back!! =>;

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2. Jamez writes:

Agreed 100%. It's amazing Jason's been so "off the radar". Great guy, great player.

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3. Glenn writes:

OMG! If this is true it f***ing roocks!

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4. Goddammit writes:

This is such an April Fool's.....

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5. psythe writes:

Almost as cool a collaberation as the Portnoy/Wilson/Akerfeldt project which I really hope we hear something more about VERY soon! lol

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6. RememberMetal? writes:

The going rumor on the Wilson/Ackerfeldt/Portnoy project is that it will be in the works following all three bands current promotion/touring cycles.......Soooooo, we might see it 2010-ish.

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7. psythe writes:

oh man! I might just forget about it then, otherwise I'll be anxious for a good 2 years hahah.

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8. PV writes:

That sounds great the music world needs a band like that cause everything out now bar 1 or 2 is comercial nonsense

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