You too can play with Tim "Ripper" Owens

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Tim “Ripper” Owens – the Beyond Fear/former Judas Priest-Iced Earth vocalist who recently signed on with guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen – still has room on his roster for you … if you have the chops. Sunday, March 2, a real-life rock-band contest kicks off at Sadie Rene’s (7200 Whipple Avenue NW, North Canton, 330-499-8246). Judges will select three musicians to record a song with Owens. ... Every week, three professional musicians, serving as judges, judges will evaluate bassists, guitarists, and drummers. Canton-Akron’s Rock 106.9 is sponsoring the contest. The radio station provides a list of songs the musicians should be ready to play, including songs by Megadeth, Godsmack, Kiss, and others. Click here for a full list and more details. Other prizes include studio time and gear. The contest will run weekly, but no final date has been provided yet. “Sadie's and 106.9's asked if I'd do it, and I said hell yeah,” says Owens, who was singing in a Judas Priest cover band when Priest recruited him to replace Rob Halford. “The winner will go in the studio and do a song with me. All in fun.. I won't be there all the time. I'm going back and forth to Florida. and I go the Germany on the 9th for a show with Yngwie. This is a fun thing to do.” – D.X. Ferris

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