This wasn’t ‘sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.’ It was a job, and if you don’t treat it like a job, you won’t last.” (Ripper takes naps before every gig, and all day long chugs not booze but odd teas that he’s heard are good for the vocal cords.)
But Hollywood got the biggest thing right. “I had a dream, and my dream became my job,” he says. “I got to live it.”
For seven years, he toured the world with Priest. But last year, Ripper was — well, defrocked.