The ‘METAL GODS‘ tour – described as the ultimate tribute to JUDAS PRIEST and DIO – featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, KK’S PRIEST) and Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO),will be hitting the road Australia this fall.
The METAL GODS band will also feature the talents of James Morley, former bassist with THE ANGELS, and Joel McDonald, known for his work with ROSE TATTOO and various members of KISS.
METAL GODS will perform all the hits from Ronnie James Dio‘s catalog with BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW, as well as Dio’s solo classics such as “Holy Diver” and “Rainbow In The Dark“.
Speaking to the “Everblack” podcast, Owens discussed the METAL GODS tour, saying (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s not a normal tour for me. I’d like to come there and play a solo tour as well. But these kinds of shows are fun. I love singing Dio. It’s gonna have not my typical type of set with PRIEST, but it’ll have a couple of my-era PRIEST songs in it. James has set this whole thing up, and it’s really gonna be a good time.
“Dio stuff, I love singing it, but it tears me down, man,” Tim admitted. “It’s not my regular stuff. Even though I sound like it’s right in my wheelhouse when I sing it, it’s not.
“It’s a great setlist we’ve put together — RAINBOW, SABBATH, DIO, PRIEST,” Owens added. “It’s gonna be a really good show.”
‘The Metal Gods’ Tour dates:
Oct. 14 – Mansfield Tavern – Brisbane, QLD
Oct. 15 – Bridgeway Live – Adelaide, SA
Oct. 16 – The Corner Hotel – Melbourne, VIC
Oct. 21 – Manning Bar – Sydney, NSW
Oct. 22 – Badlands – Perth, WA