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DISCIPLES/The Rods, Glasgow Garage
14 June 11
has been a fan of the late great Ronnie James Dio must have had a sharp
intake of breath when this collaboration and tour were announced, I know
have been questioned elsewhere with some unkind, and to me unjustified,
criticism levelled at Ronnie's widow Wendy, so enough of the politics,
the question is did they deliver?
More of that
in a moment, but first up we had one of the hardest working and hardest
rocking bands I have had the pleasure to see, The Rods. Very much
rooted in their 80's heyday the band still play with a passion and fire
that would leave many a younger band lagging way behind.
mix of classics and a couple of newer number they went down a storm with
the ever growing crowd. Singer/guitarist/roadie Dave ‘Rock' Feinstein
was Ronnie Dio's cousin and played in his first band Elf, Ronnie also
provided vocals on a track on The Rods latest album, so the set appeared
to be played with an added passion in his memory and by the time the
allotted 40 minutes were over they had a lot of new Glaswegian fans.
So the scene
was set and Dio Disciples had a hard act to follow. The band have
opted to tour with two singers to swap vocal duties in the shape of Tim
‘ Ripper' Owens and Toby Jepson. The latter of the two came as a bit of
a surprise given his previous bands and again led to scepticism of the
whole project, but it proved to be an inspired choice.
opened with Stand Up And Shout with Owens on vocals and from the off you
could tell that all on stage were a bit apprehensive of what the
reaction would be, especially guitarist Craig Goldy who looked like he
was bricking it!
have worried though as the crowd were behind them 100% and the gig
turned into a celebration of Dio's incredible musical legacy running
through numbers from Dio, Rainbow and Black Sabbath.
vocalists took it in turns to sing either full songs or alternate during
songs as on 'Stargazer' with Owens singing the higher parts with Jepson
singing the choruses, it worked well.
after classic was played with a renewed energy and the band appeared to
be having a ball. The set ended with an excellent version of 'Heaven and
Hell' and the band then returned to play 'Rainbow in the Dark' and,
finally a very apt 'We Rock'.
managed to deliver a set that I am sure Ronnie would have been proud of
and proved to be a fitting tribute to the great man. The crowd was a bit
sparse, although that could have been down to Whitesnake playing across
town, but anyone who plumped for Coverdale and co missed a fantastic,
and incredibly loud, night. Ronnie James Dio, we salute you.
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