Sound: Ronnie James Dio, has always sounded great, but now in his old age. It's a wonder to see how he still does it, in this case Ronnie's monitors broke, and I think this is why he was singing alot higher and in some cases struggling. The guitar was awsome, very accurate from Mr Craig Goldy and played the old Ritchie Blackmore Rainbow stuff great, very impressed. Drums were tight, no mistakes and always kept a solid rhythem, everyone was gelling with each other and they seemed to be enjoying it. The overall sound of the band was very good, and they kept the songs just the way they were, with no new effects, and even played 'Man on the Silver Mountain' the original speed, which was very good to hear. // 8
Perfomance: The performance was just jaw dropping. The band came on in a rush of red light and Ronnie came on over the drum kit, signaling the evil eye sign to everyone. He created an instant atmosphere, which was electric, and he reacted well with the audience. The rest of the band were reacting and getin involved with the audience as well. The backdrop was Dio's Holy Diver cover, a very visual stage, with alot of impressive lighting which provoked a sense of mystery and magic almost. Since I was Front Row centre, I was geting involved with Ronnie a fair deal, singing and pointing to each other. My heart almost jumped out and started moshing itself, a very good band, and one how cares a great deal about their performance. // 10
Overall Impression: Best gig I have ever been to, and I have seen alot of old bands. Tickets for this were only 15, which is great value. The band Viking Skull opened, and they were very 80s rock, very good band, likr them alot. I got to meet the Dio band after, they are the best bunch of guys I have ever met. The drummer Simon Wright, I was telling HIM how I didn't manage to get a drum stick when he was throwing them out. So he went up on the stage and found two drum skins used in the gig and autographed them, since it has always been a dream of mine to see Dio.
It was the best night of my life, playing old Rainbow songs like 'Stargazer' was emotional to hear, and Ronnie belting out the lyrics and geting as high as he physically could was inspiring to see and hear, he also played alot of his old Black Sabbath stuff too. I must recomend Dio to anyone Metal fan, every musician brings his own, and almost every modern da band has Dio in their influences somewhere. I'm sure, you can get your own out of it, very inspiring music. A very good gig, prob one of the best I will ever attend, and I will do whatever I can to attend every Dio show I can, that night was the best for me, thanks Ronnie. // 10