ICED EARTH Guitarist: 'TIM OWENS Is 10 Times The Singer ROB HALFORD Ever Was'

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim Owens has told the Cleveland Scene that he has no hard feelings towards his former bandmates over their decision to reunite with his predecessor, vocalist Rob Halford. "I discussed it about five months before [the split happened], saying, 'Listen, if you're going to get [Rob] Halford back, get him back, because you have my blessings to do it," Owens said. "I needed it. I had talked to Ronnie Dio on the phone about what I should do. I said, 'Should I quit the band?' His suggestion was that I should quit if I have feelings of doing my own thing. But I would have never quit PRIEST."

Since parting ways with PRIEST, Owens has become a full-time member of the Indiana-based power metal band ICED EARTH. He had also been formulating a band of his own since late 2002, cutting tracks with 13 FACES guitarist John Comprix at Comprix's home studio.

"I'm telling you, from a technical standpoint, there is not a better singer in heavy metal today," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer said about his new bandmate. "I have had the pleasure of recording some of the best in the business. I've been producing records for over 10 years, and there was no doubt ever in my mind that he was 10 times the vocalist that Rob Halford was, even in his prime." Read more.


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