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Monday Metal Madness: While They Were Away

Last week, voters overwhelmingly chose Ozzy as their preferred frontman of Black Sabbath.  Thank you for voting, I am sure the Ozzman would be pleased.

Carrying on with this basic concept, let’s talk about the vocalists who took over the reigns while both Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) took their hiatus.

Rob Halford left Judas Priest in 1992 shortly after the Painkiller tour.  He went on to form the band Fight; something a bit different from his long-time band Judas Priest.  Priest soldiered on when they hired Tim “Ripper” Owens to fill the unique role as Priest frontman.  This lineup went on to release two studio albums – Jugulator and Demolition.

Bruce Dickinson left Iron Maiden in 1993 to go solo.  Blaze Bayley was hired to fill vocal duty in Maiden and did so for The X Factor and Virtual XI.  Interestingly, his vocal style was not as similar to Dickinson’s as Ripper was to Halford.   Fans had mixed feelings about the new lineup despite it lasting for two studio albums.

These are two huge bands that went through basically the same thing during pretty much the same time.  Who do you think did a better job while Halford and Dickinson were away?  Check out the videos and cast your vote.

Judas Priest with Ripper Owens

Iron Maiden with Blaze Bayley