THE LAST IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST ROCK SINGERS OF ALL TIMES
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RONNIE JAMES DIO, one of the most respected personalities in the world of music, became famous in the 1970s and was active on the music scene for more than 50 years. His strong voice and characteristic vocal expression brought him a lot of attention from early on in his career. He decided to just be himself and cleverly combined his distinctive personality with his unparalleled talent. Throughout all of his career, he managed to maintain a steady position on the music scene, avoiding both musical flops and personal scandals.
During his career, RONNIE JAMES DIO sold more than 47 million records. He collaborated with legendary artists like Ritchie Blackmore and BLACK SABBBATH and formed several groups himself, including his very successful solo project DIO. Although he had one of the most unique voices in the world, he never took singing lessons. At five years old he started playing the trumpet, which (together with being lucky enough to inherit his talent) he considered sufficient training for his vocal cords. He received a number of awards during his career, an exhaustive list which would be incredibly long to list in full. In 2004, he was inducted into the Cortland Hall of Fame. Three years later, his name was engraved on the Guitar Center’s Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood. On the day of his birthday (July 10, 2011), a street in his hometown of Cortland was named Dio Way in his honor. In 2017, RONNIE JAMES DIO was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. Even a number of festivals around the world are named in his honor and a monument in tribute to him in Kavarna, Bulgaria is just another testament to his popularity.
In September 2009, I was probably the last one to do an extensive interview with RONNIE JAMES DIO. I was incredibly lucky and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I was given. He was full of energy and had a lot planned. In that moment, no one, not even in the worst of nightmares, could imagine that none of those plans would come to fruition. I’ve decided to keep the interview unchanged and am publishing it verbatin.