Heavy metal singer and shredder who sang for Judas Priest and Iced Earth and then moved on to Charred Walls of the Damned.
He was in a thrash metal band called Winter's Bane prior to joining Judas Priest.
He took his nickname, Ripper, from a Judas Priest song of the same name.
He was born in Akron, Ohio.
He replaced Rob Halford as the lead singer of Judas Priest, continuing his predecessor's trademark high-pitched screams.