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Six Degrees of Dio: Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens


Ripper gets a bad deal sometimes because a lot of people seem to think that he’s just a Rob Halford imitator. Those people are doing themselves a great disservice because in my opinion Ripper is one of the premiere voices in metal. As a matter of fact in my pantheon of metal gods Ripper is only behind Dio himself.

If you have not listened to any of his stuff either with Priest, Iced Earth, Beyond Fear or his solo work you are really missing out.

Ripper has also worked with some of the premiere names in metal. For example he has several short routes to Dio but I took this one.


Vinny Appice appeared on Ripper’s solo album Play My Game. Vinny was also the drummer for the Dio-era Sabbath and Heaven and Hell.

Here’s Ripper and Beyond Fear with ‘My Last Words’