Posted by Reggie
I had a chance to see Judas Priest with both Ripper and Halford leading the charge. Though Ripper was a great replacement vocally, nothing compares to Halford leading Priest when it comes to showmanship. Tim “Ripper” Owens has been around the block outside of his stint in Judas Priest. He is or was with the following bands: Brainside, Winter’s Bane, Iced Earth, Beyond Fear, Yngwie Malstein’s Rising Force, and more recently Charred Walls of the Damned. Not to mention, he has been part of many tribute albums. One in particular, Bat Head Soup, was a tribute to Ozzy and this is where he lent his vocal talent with Malmsteen by his side on guitar covering Mr. Crowley.
If you ask me, there are some songs that are great to cover and some that shouldn’t be touched. Mr. Crowley is somewhere in between for me. It’s a tricky song to cover because of Ozzy’s unique vocal style and the guitar prowess of Randy Rhoads (RIP). I think only a few select people can cover this song properly; Ripper being one of those guys and of course the talent of Malmsteen. If I were to do a list of 100 guitar awesome solos, this song would probably appear on that list.