TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Tour Mexico In May

Powerhouse American heavy metal vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) will tour Mexico in May. He will be joined by friends John Comprix of BEYOND FEAR/RINGWORM and MANDARINA and COHETICA.

The dates are as follows (venue details to be confirmed):

MAY 07 - Reynosa, MEX
MAY 08 - Monterrey, MEX
MAY 09 - Saltillo, MEX
MAY 10 - San Luis Potosi, MEX
MAY 14 - Aguascalientes, MEX
MAY 15 - Leon, MEX
MAY 16 - Queretaro, MEX
MAY 17 - Mexico City, MEX
MAY 21 - Puebla, MEX
MAY 22 - Veracruz, MEX
MAY 23 - Merida, MEX
MAY 24 - Cancun, MEX

Fan-filmed video footage of BEYOND FEAR's February 21, 2009 performance at Arena Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico (as part of The Rock Fest) can be viewed below.

The group's self-titled debut album came out in May 2006 via SPV Records.

Owens will release his first solo album, "Play My Game", in May via SPV/Steamhammer. The offering consists of around a dozen brand-new tracks that Owens composed himself or together with renowned friends, such as Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT) and John Comprix (BEYOND FEAR, RINGWORM).

"I've gotten better as a songwriter," Owens explains. "And I also write songs that the fans can really get into and get their fist pounding in the air. I've always been a great fan of the BLACK SABBATH lineup featuring Ronnie James Dio, and I love JUDAS PRIEST. Both bands delivered records that are straightforward and go directly to the bloodstream — which also happens to be my compositional approach."

"Play My Game" will be released on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: May 15
Rest of Europe: May 18
USA, Canada: May 19

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