I know you guys don't like Ripper but I thought I would share this anyway.
An Akron based metal band called Spawn was playing a club show there.
A friend of mine at the time knew someone that ran the club. he told us Ripper
may show to do some songs with them on the encore so we drove up. Before
the show we were sitting in a booth drinking some beers. This dude in a ball cap
walked up and started talking to us. He said the club manager mentioned we
wanted to meet him. I was like who are you. He said Ripper Owens, I sing for
Judas Priest. We were just staring at him wondering if he was serious or not.
He took his cap off and started smiling and we were like no shit. It is Ripper.
He sat with us and had a couple of beers while answering our questions and taking
pictures and signing autographs. He was very down to earth and a really cool person.
We met him again about a year later with Priest and he was the same way. Like
him or not he's an awesome dude.