During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, ex-Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens talked about his relationship with the band. Owens was the vocalist on the band’s albums: Jugulator (1997) and Demolition (2001). It was after the release of Demolition that Owens was let go from the band, with Rob Halford returning as the band vocalist.
Owens speaks to when he first heard that he was being let go from Judas Priest, saying that he got a fax that said, “You’re out of the band.” When it came to this news, Owens didn’t let it get to him that much, for per his words:
“I understood it. It’s a business. When you think of Judas Priest, you mainly think of Rob, Glenn, and K.K. I was all right with it.”
That being said, something that has gotten to Owens is the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and him being left out of that celebration. Speaking to this, he shares:
“It’s a shame that they can’t bring in members that were in the band almost 10 years and had a Grammy nomination, two studio records, two live records, a DVD. It’s a shame that they can’t do it.
“What gets me more than anything is that I haven’t even gotten a call from Judas Priest on it… There’s never been a call saying, ‘You were a big part of this. Here’s the reasons you’re not being inducted, but you were a big part of us and you’re a big part of the family.’ There wasn’t even a phone call. Not getting in, whatever.
“Here’s how I look at it: I’m in the Hall of Fame. I was in the band for almost 10 years. When someone says that Judas Priest is in the Hall of Fame, I sang for Judas Priest, so I’m basically in the Hall of Fame.
“It just would have been nice to get an e-mail or a call. The only e-mails I ever get are threats. It’s a shame because we’re friends. It’s a shame that’s all management is worried about, instead of, ‘We should probably send a letter to Tim or a bottle of champagne to thank him for his years in the band’.”
He later adds, “[…] It is shocking though that they’ve kind of erased my time.”
When it comes to the band’s Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction, do you feel that Owens should be acknowledged/part of the ceremony?