Tim "Ripper" Owens says that he had the time of his life as the singer of JUDAS PRIEST.
Owens joined PRIEST in 1996 and recorded two studio albums with the band, 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition", before PRIEST reunited with Rob Halford in 2003.
In a recent interview with Australia's Mal, Owens was asked what memories he has of his seven-year stint with JUDAS PRIEST.
"[It was] amazing," he said (hear audio below). "Great memories, great friends. I had the time of my life. They opened up all the doors for me to do what I do now. They're just great guys. I had so much fun in my time with JUDAS PRIEST. I have nothing ever bad to say about 'em. [It was] just amazing.
"I'll tell you what the thing was: we were friends," he continued. "I had never been in a band that I was so much friends with. It's weird 'cause when I first walked in there… I idolized them in the '80s when I was younger; they were my only thing I listened to in the '80s. Obviously, I wasn't quite the stalking fan [by the time I joined the band], but we became friends right away — we were family right away. I'd never been like that. We did everything together. So, yeah, it was just a great time."
Owens currently tours the world as a solo artist and performs as the lead singer of several bands, including SPIRITS OF FIRE, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, A NEW REVENGE, DIO DISCIPLES and THE THREE TREMORS. Additionally, the movie "Rock Star" (Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston) was loosely based on Owens's time in JUDAS PRIEST.
Earlier this year, the Ohio-based singer told "Talking Metal" that JUDAS PRIEST's management requested that he stop using artwork related to his time with the group to promote his solo shows.