During a recent appearance on That Jamieson Show, Tim “Ripper” Owens talked about the Ronnie James Dio hologram tour, which he took part in as guest vocalist.
When asked about some fans making “cash-grab” accusations towards Ronnie‘s widow and manager Wendy Dio, Ripper responded: “The thing is Wendy Dio, she’s just one of the most amazing people. She does so much for charity. She loses money doing this tour. People say, ‘Really?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, listen, if she didn’t lose money, we’d be touring all the time.’
“She doesn’t want to [lose money] — the goal is not to… But she’s just trying to do something to make fans happy, just like Ronnie did. You know how cool Ronnie was, one of the most amazing guys ever, and Wendy does the same thing.”
“It’s so amazing every night just to hear Ronnie‘s voice,” Ripper continued. “And it’s one of the most amazing shows ever. I’m up there singing a little bit less songs but it’s always pressure — ’cause every time I get up there and if I don’t sing good, I know Ronnie‘s looking down on me, going, ‘You son of a b*tch.’ Cause he was like that. I feel like he would be yelling at me or something, like, ‘That’s not right.’ But it’s great to do it. And I love hanging out with Simon [Wright] and the guys.”