American music historian and radio personality, Eddie Trunk, is going to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his radio show. Also the 30th anniversary party has been announced. Eddie commented on the party:
“This is going to be a blast with plenty of surprises. Hope you can join us! Thanks for helping keep my FM radio show alive 30 years and counting! More on my site!”
Legendary bands SAXON, MOTORHEAD and DIO DISCIPLES also commented on this anniversary. But the interesting point is that all of them posted the same message on their facebook page, it seems the bands pages are managed by the same person and he/she forgot or didn’t bother to post different messages for each band. Anyway, below you can read the message:
“Congrats to our friend Eddie Trunk on your 30th Anniversary of being on the Radio! Cheers mate!”
We at Metal Shock Finland would like to congratulate Eddie on his 30th anniversary! “Keep up the great work mate!“
Legendary drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) played his first show with DIO DISCIPLES this past Thursday, July 18 at The Rockpile in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
Vinny is filling in for DIO DISCIPLES‘ regular drummer, Simon Wright (DIO, AC/DC, UFO), who was unable to make several of the band’s gigs this month due to scheduling conflicts.
DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager, Wendy, currently consists of the following musicians:
During an April 2011 appearance on the “All Hail Hair” show on Fightin’ Words Radio, Vinny Appice was asked what he thought of DIO DISCIPLES going out on the road and paying tribute to Ronnie James Dio. “I think it’s disgusting,” he said. “I mean, why are they even doing it? Plus, [Ronnie has] not even been passed away for a year. And, you know… It’s kind of… I don’t know. It’s kind of weird, man. It’s weird.”
Vinny last year teamed up with fellow original DIO members Vivian Campbell (guitar), Jimmy Bain (bass) and Claude Schnell (keyboards), along with singer Andrew Freeman, in a brand new DIO tribute band called LAST IN LINE.
In a recent interview with BackstageAxxess.com, Vinny stated about his involvement with DIO DISCIPLES: “Just because I said it was disgusting at one point, now it’s all over Blabbermouth. ‘To Vinny Appice, it’s not disgusting anymore.’ The problem was they did it a couple of months after Ronnie passed, and then I thought it was awful; it wasn’t the right time. Now they can do whatever they want; it’s cool. I mean, we’re playing DIO songs [with the ‘Drum Wars’ project] tonight, so I was a big part of it. It was just that, at the moment, it didn’t seem like the best time to do it. I’m just doing a few dates with them because they needed a drummer.”
Original DIO drummer Vinny Appice will be filling in for Simon Wright at the following upcoming DIO DISCIPLES shows:
18 – Toronto, ON – The Rockpile
19 – London, ON – Eastside Bar & Grill
20 – Silver Creek, NY – Willow Creek Winery
21 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
22 – Teaneck, NJ – Mexicali Live!
Dio Disciples vocalist Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) was recently interviewed by Kris Engelhart of BackstageAxxess.com; an excerpt follows:
Since Dio Disciples tours with two vocalists, both you and Tim “Ripper” Owens (formerly of JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH), how are you sharing vocal duties for the tour?
Oni: “Well, there are specific songs that work better and lend themselves vocally to each of our voices better than others. Well let me rephrase that, basically what happens is that our tonalities, our quality of voices, whatever suits us as far as what the catalog that Ronnie (James Dio) has being there in front of us, we pick and choose. And we also, when we’re onstage, we share a couple of songs together, some of the classic songs from RAINBOW, from BLACK SABBATH and also we sing a few on our own. And they’re all designed for our voices.”
Ronnie was known for putting on such elaborate shows, very theatrical. What can fans expect to see at a Dio Disciples show?
Oni: “Well as far as production, there is not the production that Ronnie took out on the road with the dragons and everything.That you won’t see, but you will see a quality show with regards to the lighting as well as the participation and how the band delivers onstage and how we perform the songs. It’s quality, it’s the best (I would say) band out there portraying Ronnie’s legacy. With respect.”
To read the interview in its entirety, click here.
Fan-filmed video footage of DIO DISCIPLES‘ June 15 concert at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil can be seen below.
The group, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager, Wendy, currently consists of the following musicians:
Commented Goldy: “After Ronnie‘s passing and a lengthy mourning period, Wendy Dio and the band that was left behind have decided it was time to honor and keep the memory and legacy of Ronnie James Dio alive in the most respectful way possible!
“There is something special that happens when a group of people gather together with the same heart, mind and spirit as one another… and that is what happens every night we (the DIO DISCIPLES) perform! I never know when… but I know that it will happen because it always does… some time during the concert, the audience and the band connect and become as one!
“And with the large speaker system, lights and special performances by past members of AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and LYNCH MOB… you don’t want to rely on all the crappy little cell phone recordings that look and sound like shit posted on YouTube!
“I’ve never lied about anything to any DIO fan and I’m not about to start now! Every time we perform there’s always several very special moments that just can’t be defined into words! You just have to trust me and come experience it for yourselves! And I hope you do!”
Drummer Simon Wright is best known for his work with the bands AC/DC and DIO. He currently plays with DIO DISCIPLES and has also recently joined Geoff Tate’s QUEENSRYCHE.
Simon joined AC/DC in 1983 and recorded three of their classic albums – Fly On The Wall, Who Made Who and Blow Up Your Video. Simon left in 1989 to join DIO. He was with the band twice, the first for a short period; 1990-1991, the second stint from 1998-2010. Simon recorded four studio albums – Lock Up The Wolves, Magica, Killing The Dragon and Master Of The Moon, as well as two live albums – Evil Or Divine – Live In New York City and Holy Diver Live.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond recently had a chat with Simon and of course as it is nearing the anniversary of the death of the legendary Ronnie James Dio, there were some lovely memories shared by Simon.
You can read some excerpts from the interview below and listen to it in full on the player:
Memories of Ronnie:
“I always found him to be a real gentleman, really smart, a really funny guy. When I got the opportunity to join his band I jumped at the chance. I was in AC/DC at the time and on the verge of leaving.
He wasa fantastic person, not only a brilliant singer and songwriter, but just as a person as well; very considerate and humble. He was the boss as well and could crack the whip when he wanted to!
It just got better every year, making albums together, we were very tight. It was some of the best years of my career. I’ll never forget him, I think about him every day.”
Discussing the classic DIO album, Holy Diver, Simon expressed the following:
“I think I heard some of it on Tommy Vance’s radio show and it just threw me to the wall! I was like ‘Good God what’s this?!’ Every song is killer, it just blew my mind, what a brilliant album. Great songs, great playing, great lyrics, incredible album.
I always like the song Invisible; I thought that was a great song, a great intro and lyric at the beginning and the riff was a bit different to the norm too.”
Simonspoke of his thoughts on joining QUEENSRYCHE and the current situation:
“It’s going really well – I wasn’t sure I must admit, ‘cos there’s a lot of controversy going on at the moment, ‘that name.’ We make a pretty good team, we were on the road for about a month in America , doing the whole Operation Mindcrime album and our interpretation of it. Everybody seemed to like it, it went well.
When asked about there being two versions of QUEENSRYCHE, Simon continued:
It’s about the music for us – we’re not really involved in the politics, we’re just there to play the music. I guess the legal wranglings of it all will be sorted out in November, so it’ll become a bit clearer.”
The lucky fans that were able to attend this year’s Monsters of Rock Cruise – which ran from March 16th – 20th, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale before taking in such gorgeous tropical locales as Nassau and CocoCay – witnessed performances by countless renowned metal acts. But certainly one of the top standouts of the cruise was DIO DISCIPLES, comprised of members Mark Boals (vocals), Craig Goldy (guitar), Scott Warren (keyboards), Simon Wright (drums), Bjorn Englen (bass), and Oni Logan (vocals).
Wendy Dio comments: “We want to thank Larry Morand, Mike London, Harlan Hendrickson, Joe Wright, Billy Deavers and all the staff and WONDERFUL fans on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise! Dio Disciples put on an amazing show!”
In addition to a great set by the band, the RONNIE JAMES DIO Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund raised over $16,500 for cancer research, education and to help find a cure. Some of the events that raised funds for the charity on the ship were a live auction that featured a signed Tony Iommi Gibson guitar, ESP guitar, Schecter guitar, Dio memorabilia, memorial T-Shirts and wristbands, and a Ronnie James Dio Photo Book. Rock Star Bingo was a huge success that featured members of Dio Disciples, STRYPER, Y&T, CINDERELLA and Eddie Trunk calling Bingo numbers, with 100% of the proceeds raised from these events going directly to the charity.