When The Three Tremors rumble into town, nobody will mistake them for The Three Tenors, the famous operatic singing group. The hard rocking trio — Sean “Hell Destroyer” Peck, Tim “Ripper” Owens, and Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin — hit the road on March 1, kicking off a 10-date U.S. tour through the eastern United States.
Last month they played five shows in California, including one at the historic Whisky A Go Go. In September and October of 2018, they played a series of international dates: Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, and Israel.
Right before this leg of their tour began, the renowned metal vocalists were in New York and sat down with AXS.com in the rooftop lounge of a hotel in SoHo to talk about their recent debut album — The Three Tremors — and upcoming shows.
“We did it [the European tour] without much press or anybody really knowing any of the music,” Peck said, pointing out that the first leg of the tour was before their self-titled debut album was released. “It was a good test for how people would react. The West Coast shows were good — the metal fans came out and they were kind of celebrating this super powerful revival of the old school, so it’s been fun. When we put this together, I wanted people to say ‘Oh my God!’ when they see it, and we’re getting that reaction.”
The 12-track album was released in January 2019. The songs were written by San Diego heavy metal band Cage, for which Peck is the singer. Cage is also the band behind The Three Tremors on the album and on the road.
“We play all 12 songs off the album in our set, and they’ve been well received,” Conklin noted. “So that tells us that not only do we have a good album, but each song is strong enough to stand on its own.”
Although the concept of The Three Tremors first came up around 15 years ago — with Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford of Judas Priest (whom Owens replaced in the legendary band from 1992-2003), and Queensryche’s Geoff Tate — nothing came of it until a few years ago, when Peck, Owens, and Conklin picked up the idea.
“It needed to happen,” Peck said of forming the metal supergroup. “It was something that did not come to fruition in the past and I thought that if we don’t do it, no one’s going to do it. Literally five years ago is when we started tinkering with this idea and took our time to make really good songs. And now here we are five years later — playing live and looking over the New York skyline!”
Conklin, also a member of Jag Panzer, pointed out that the three singers have long been fans of each other’s work and now enjoy “a brotherhood” with great chemistry among them that is evident on stage. Their friendship extends beyond recording and performing with the band.
“In a lot of bands, members-only talk band stuff,” Peck said. “But I’ll call Tim and I’m like ‘Dude! LeBron James is [screwing] up the Lakers!’”
“And I’m like ‘Good!’,” Owens added, laughing.
“We always get to the last song [of a show] and I’m like ‘The show’s over already?’ Peck said. “It goes by so quick for me. We’re playing almost two hours and we’re having so much fun.”
Although their album wasn’t yet released when the trio set out on the international leg of their tour last fall, the audience response to the new music was enthusiastic.
“The reaction was great. It’s been crazy how great it’s been. I think they get it, they understand why this record was made, what it’s about,” Owens said, referring to audience expectations for a Three Tremors band after years of rumors and speculation.
Peck strongly agrees about what their audience seeks and what draws them to The Three Tremors — a type of heavy metal that is over-the-top fun and fantasy, not dark and contemplative. “What drew me into metal was that everything was larger than life,” he said of bands that were known for using flamethrowers, lasers, etc., in their shows. “Tim got to play on some of those Judas Priest stages that were like a fricking heavy metal playground, I’m so jealous. I’m attracted to the escape that metal provides. We want to put our fists in the air and rock. That’s what this album is all about.”
After the tour ends next week, the band members will take a short break before returning to the road and the studio. Besides starting to write the next Three Tremors album and planning more tour dates (Australia, Japan, South America, more of the U.S.), they will work on outside projects. Next month, Conklin will head out with Jag Panzer for 13 shows in Europe and Australia, where he joked about boxing kangaroos. Owens will play some solo shows in April, as well as a tour with Dio Disciples while using the famous Dio Hologram.
All three singers are enjoying the hard work while they just want to “keep the heavy metal party going,” as Peck said.
Tour Dates for the Second Leg of the U.S. Tour
March 1 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
March 2 - Wilmington, DE - Bar XIII
March 3 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
March 4 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
March 5 - Niagara Falls, NY - Evening Star Music Hall
March 7 - Racine, WI - Route 20
March 8 - Joliet, IL - The Forge
March 9 - Westland, MI - Token Lounge
March 10 - Louisville, KY - Tiger Room
March 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Crafthouse Stage and Grill