Updated: Feb 23, 2018
JANUARY 27, 2018
There is always a lot of debate when an artist passes and the legacy she/he leaves behind and what to do with it. In the case of our hero RONNIE JAMES DIO, there is such a vast body of work that remains valid that can still be celebrated. But outside of the music, we cannot forget to acknowledge his humanitarian ways and the kindness of his soul. If you had met Ronnie 23 years ago in an airport and then met him today, he would have still remembered your name as well as the name of your pet dog. He had a genuine care for his fans and people in general.
And from the open response I received from bassist BJORN ENGLEN and vocalist TIM ‘ RIPPER’ OWENS, I can say that Ronnie’s spirit flows in the soul of those in DIO DISCIPLES. Both granted me interviews on this day in which we will share with you all shortly, here is Rippers and here is Bjorn Both drummer SIMON WRIGHT and guitarist CRAIG GOLDYwere welcoming and joking with Ripper during his interview. Much respect to the entire family for the opportunity.
Sacramento’s aptly named HOLY DIVER (thanks Simon, the pizza was delicious) was the perfect setting as the intro to Holy Diverset the tone for the night. And as we were treated to many DIO songs, they did not forget any BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN AND HELL staples nor even a couple of RAINBOW songs. I was amazed at the power of Simon as he muscled through the material with ease as there are many different drummers whose style he had to emulate. And for the 3rd night in a row, Ripper proved that he can pay homage with great respect but also addressed that some of the songs we forgot just how high Ronnie could actually sing.
Being able to photo the show, share a few videos, and give respect to one of the true greats makes us proud at MA entertainment! Thanks for making this happen to Bjorn, Ripper, Holy Diver, and all of the RJD family! 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻