“Ripper” Owens Restaurant?
I was reading on Blabbermouth this morning that Tim “Ripper” Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, Ex-Judas Priest, Ex-Iced Earth) has partnered with a restaurant in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The result is the up and coming… “rockin’ sports eatery”… to be known as “Ripper Owens Tap House” …
Rockin’ sports eatery?… okay… Judas Priest is my favourite band… and I even enjoy the Ripper-era Material. I think Tim is a great singer. He’s no Halford, but he’s a lot better than a good many singers in Metal. His contributions to Yngwie Malmsteen’s 2008 album “Perpetual Flame” is evidence of his skill at the mic… He really should stick with what he does best. The whole concept of a “Rockin’ Sports Eatery”… to a guy like me… is ridiculous. Especially when the same basic concept has already been PERFECTED by a chain of restaurants you may have heard of before… THE HARD ROCK CAFÉ!
In fairness to Tim, he’s not the first “rock star” to try his hand in the restaurant business. Sammy Hagar did the same thing with his “Cabo Wabo” chain of restaurants and nightclubs… but Sammy has been, for all intents and purposes, washed-up since his last Van Halen album (1995’s “Balance“)… whereas Tim, if he played his cards right, could still have a long and creatively fruitful music career ahead of him… which makes the whole situation even more ridiculous.
Tim, I know food is good. I love food just as much as the next guy. And I know the concept of a “rockin’ sports eatery” appeals to males of your demographic. But think about it for a minute… in the U.S. there is already many Bar & Grill styled restaurants (Applebee’s, Chili’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, etc.) and, as I mentioned before, even a Bar & Grill that specifically fits the rock & roll niche. And this is ON TOP OF the umpteen independent restaurants of the same kind… You don’t need to add to this oversaturation of assembly-line, line-cook-operated restaurants, when you could be making brilliant music with other brilliant musicians.
Tim… please… for the sake of all Metal fans everywhere… forget the restaurant business… just go back and write some stuff with Yngwie. You have made his music sound better than it has since Mike Vescera sang for him in the mid-90s… keep doing so.
And maybe convince him to tour Canada for once! \m/
(for the full story, check out Blabbermouth.net)