Wayne Hussey is taking a break from his day job as leader of the British rock band, The Mission, to go out and play a double fistful of solo shows in late spring 2018. Taking in shows in places as far flung as Umea in the north of Sweden and Santiago in Chile the tour is entitled ‘Aniversário Tour’. The Portuguese word, aniversário translates as birthday and these shows are a way for Wayne to celebrate his upcoming 60th. In fact the final show of the tour on Saturday 26th May, his birthday, will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the city where Wayne has resided for the last 17 years.
Wayne says: “I was talking with Cinthya, my wife, and she was asking me what would I would most like to do for my birthday. Besides the obvious I replied, ‘play a show’. And she suggested I do so. As the band is on a sabbatical it has to be solo. And as rehearsing for one show takes as much time and preparation as it does for a whole tour one thing led to another and here I am. I shall expect lots of presents and happy birthday to be sang to me at all these shows,” Wayne smirks.
He continues, ‘I’m writing my memoirs at the moment and it’s keeping me rooted indoors and to my desk so a chance to get away and make a bit of music for a couple of weeks will be more than welcome, I expect, come May. I’m sure cabin fever will have set in by then.”
Wayne’s autobiography, working title ‘By Name And By Nature’, is expected early next year and will be published by Omnibus Press.
Tim “Ripper” Owens tours the UK.
Grammy Nominated and once Judas Priest vocalist returns for UK shows.
Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens is without doubt among the most important metal vocalists of the past twenty years. When he succeeded Rob Halford, joining Judas Priest in May 1996, the press rubbed their eyes, surprised as well as impressed: Owens had previously been a fairly unknown quantity to international music journalists and only a few new of him from the band Winters Bane, but he recorded his first Priest album, Grammy nominated Jugulator (1997) with more aplomb than even insiders had expected. Following successful tours with the British metal legends, the strong studio recording, Demolition (2001), and the live recordings, Meltdown - 98 Live (1998) and Live In London (2003), and the Hollywood Blockbuster movie” Rockstar” starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston, that was loosely based on Tim’s experience with Judas Priest, Halford’s return put an end to Owens’ stint with Judas Priest. More or less immediately, he was enlisted by Jon Schaffer to team up with Iced Earth and sang on The Glorious Burdon in spring 2004. Three years later, Owens followed suit with the Iced Earth album, Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Pt.I), which succeeded
the self-titled highly praised debut by his own band, Beyond Fear. Spring 2008 saw Owens move on to join One of the worlds best guitar players Yngwie Malmsteen, debuting with a sensational vocal performance on Perpetual Flame.
Tim “Ripper” Owens returns to this side of the pond once more following the successful tour in 2015 and comes to the UK hot on the heels of the South American leg of his 2017 tour schedule. Playing songs from both “Jugulator” and “ Demolition” as well as songs from his extensive career.
Tim currently tours the World as a SOLO artist and performs as the Lead Singer for Beyond Fear, Dio Disciples, Charred Walls of the Damned with Richard Christy from the Howard Stern show. Tim has also started a super group called Project Rock w/ James Kottak ( Scorpions ), Keri Kelli ( Alice Cooper, Slashes Snackpit, John Waite, Night Ranger ) Rudy Sarzo ( Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio ) Teddy Zig Zag ( Guns N' Roses, Carol
King ) Ripper also owns a Rocking Sports eatery in his hometowns of Akron, Ohio called Ripper's Rock House!
Support comes from the newly signed NEURONSPOILER who have just inked a deal with Dissonance Productions (Diamond Head, Grim Reaper etc) and hail from London and the South West mob LADY JANE’S REVENGE.
Catch Tim at the BRISTOL Bierkeller on May 28th http://www.seetickets.com/event/tim-ripper- owens/bierkeller/1078900