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Interview:
Hard rocking Disciples are keeping Dio's spirit alive
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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After a couple of years of existence, Ronnie James Dio fans are starting to get the hang of Dio Disciples, according to guitarist and co-founder Craig Goldy.

"Yeah, it seems as though people are starting to understand what we're doing and not throw darts as much as they used to at first," says Goldy, who logged four tenures with the Dio band and joined forces in 2011 with other Dio alumni, as well as former Judas Priest singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, to continue playing the music after Dio's death in May of 2010 from stomach cancer.

"There were a lot of people who had a lot of problems with what we were doing, thinking we're cashing in on Ronnie's passing. We get that less and less now. It's really become like a memorial service we bring to every city and country we go to. It's been therapeutic for people; they miss Ronnie as much as we do, and this is a chance to celebrate him and the music."

There will be more music to hear soon, Goldy says. Dio Disciples has been working on original material "based around Ronnie or something Ronnie would be proud of" and that has the blessing of the Dio's widow and former manager. The group may release it as part of a live CD/DVD package it hopes to bring out in 2014.

"We have a lot of plans for this," says Goldy, 51, including using some of Dio's old stage props for future shows. "Wendy was talking about that at some point, some special concerts where we bring the old stuff out. Right now it's about cost and making this something that's affordable so people will come and check it out and accept it.

"It's a little crazy how at a snail's pace things have to be, but we don't want to step on people's toes emotionally."

Dio Disciples and Maxine perform Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Diesel Concert Lounge, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield. Call 586-933-3503 or visit www.dieselconcertlounge.com.

Web Site: www.dieselconcertlounge.com

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