Powerhouse vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) has confirmed the musicians that will be backing him on his upcoming European tour. They are as follows:
* Andy Boss (PAUL DI'ANNO, ABSOLUTE STEEL) - Guitar
* Jon Vegard (PAUL DI'ANNO) - Guitar
* Are Gogstad (PAUL DI'ANNO, QUEENSTREET, ABSOLUTE STEEL) - Bass
* Rick Hagan (PAUL DI'ANNO, QUEENSTREET, ABSOLUTE STEEL, 21ST CENTURY ROX) - Drums
Commented Owens: "The rehearsals for he solo tour wound up tonight and they went great.
"My backing band is just amazing — all just top-notch players — and has the set as tight as ever.
"I am real excited to be going out on my first ever solo European headlining tour.
"The fans are gonna LOVE this tour and the setlist is special... just a metal night."
The dates are as follows:
Sep. 09 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway
Sep. 10 - By Scenen - Haugesund, Norway
Sep. 11 - Alvik Rock - Alvik, Norway
Sep. 12 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
Sep. 14 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
Sep. 15 - Ballroom - Hamburg, Germany
Sep. 16 - K17 - Berlin, Germany
Sep. 17 - Krushfest - Jaslo, Poland
Sep. 18 - Progresja - Warsaw, Poland
Sep. 19 - Alibi - Wroclaw Poland
Sep. 21 - Exit Music Hall - Prague, Czech Republic
Sep. 22 - Randal Club- Bratislava, Slovakia
Sep. 23 - Crazy Mama - Budapest, Hungary
Sep. 24 - Viper Room - Vienna, Austria
Sep. 25 - Club Mocvara - Zagreb, Croatia
Sep. 26 - Arci Tom - Mantova, Italy
Support acts: THUNDERBOLT (entire tour) and CRIMES OF PASSION (after German leg of the tour)
"Play My Game", the first solo album from Owens, landed at position No. 66 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The CD was released 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).
Video footage of Owens performing the BLACK SABBATH classic "Children Of The Sea" as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) on June 19, 2010 at Marreco's Fest in Brasilia, Brazil can be viewed below.