Former Judas Priest guitarist Ok.Ok. Downing admitted he’s upset that the band’s former vocalist, Tim “Ripper” Owens, is just not among the many members scheduled to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame.
“I’ve gotta be trustworthy, I’m gutted that Ripper’s not in there,” Downing confessed throughout an interview with Danny Stoakes, “as a result of he performed an extremely essential function by holding, placing the glue on the equipment that held it collectively to maintain the wheels of Judas Priest rolling.”
Owens joined Judas Priest in 1996, changing Rob Halford, who had departed the group in 1992. With Ripper behind the mic, the metallic giants launched two studio albums: Jugulator (1997) and Demolition (2001). Halford returned in 2003 and has remained the frontman ever since. Nonetheless, Downing insisted Owens was worthy of inclusion within the Corridor of Fame ceremony.
“I’m gutted that Ripper’s not on the market, and he needs to be,” the guitarist opined. “And he can have his day, there’s not two methods about it.”
Downing — who stop Judas Priest in 2011 and was changed by Richie Faulkner — began his personal group, Ok.Ok.’s Priest, in 2020, that includes Owens on vocals. Nonetheless, the guitarist admitted he’s trying ahead to being inducted alongside his former Priest bandmates, even when he’s not fairly positive what his degree of involvement will probably be.
“I do not know what’s gonna occur. I do not understand how everyone feels,” Downing defined. “Up till [last week], it was only a thought at the back of the reminiscence. However now the hurdle of being inducted has been jumped, so we’re on the opposite facet of that now. Clearly, it stays possible and potential, however I do not know. Something may occur between from time to time. We’ll see what occurs. However it’s, I suppose, for all intents and functions, a form of celebration of all the pieces that is been achieved over many, many many years. And will we all wanna be part of that celebration only for one evening? We’ll see how everyone feels about that.”
For his half, Halford just lately reaffirmed that Downing could be invited to carry out with Judas Priest.
“As I mentioned earlier than, you have to push apart something that will get in the way in which,” the frontman defined to Rolling Stone. “You have to take away the emotional muddle and simply reference this nice celebration.”
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