Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
Even though Steve Perry was not the original frontman of Journey, the people of the world cannot think of Journey without also thinking of Steve Perry. (Not Steven Tyler, that is Aerosmith.) It is the same kind of thing with Judas Priest. When the people of the world have the idea of Judas Priest in their minds, they have right there with it the idea of Ripper Owens.
It's not a question of who the original singer was, it's a question of what singer embodies the band and it's material in the audience's mind. Perry was that for Journey. And, Halford, not Ripper, did that for Priest.
For those who see/hear Priest through the lens of Ripper - well, I am sorry to tell you, but you've been cheated.