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DIO DISCIPLES, The Cathouse, Glasgow
9 August 2012
Dio Disciples have been playing festivals around Europe over the course
of the summer months and found themselves in Glasgow as a warm up date
before playing at the Bloodstock festival the following night. The guys
were playing in the Cathouse which is a smaller venue than they played
in town last year, but the more intimate venue made for a more intense
On arrival I
was treated to a few numbers by local rockers The Toi in support and
they proved to be highly entertaining. The melodic rocking trio reminded
me of Mama's Boys at their rocking best with great vocals and tasty lead
guitar licks provided by Paul Healy. They played a new song called 'The
One' which will feature on a forthcoming album. I will keep an eye out
for the release as it could be a good one.
By the end
of The Toi's set The Cathouse had filled nicely and the scene was set
for another night of Ronnie's finest moments. A Dio Disciples gig
is less about the band providing mere entertainment for the masses, they
become a celebration of the life of Ronnie James Dio in which the band
and crowd are as one.
opening chords of 'Stand Up And Shout' you knew this was going to be a
gig to remember. The band, as always, were stunning, Craig Goldy's
guitar work was amazing as was the powerhouse drumming from Simon
Wright. It is the interaction between the twin vocalists though that
person can replace Ronnie so why try, with Ripper Owens and Toby Jebson
each covering different parts of Dio's amazing vocal range and swapping
seamlessly mid song the two do a fantastic job.
The set, as
on previous treks, is chock full of Dio, Sabbath and Rainbow classics.
With such an amazing back catalogue to choose from the hardest part must
be deciding what to leave out.
The only change to the set was the
introduction of 'Magica', which proved a popular choice. 'Holy
Diver', 'Stargazer', 'Neon Knights', 'Long Live Rock 'n Roll', all were
delivered with a genuine passion and received accordingly.
crowd was not huge, the noise they generated in appreciation had the
band stunned with Ripper stating that they were the loudest they had
encountered on this round of gigs and they had played to crowds of
The main set
was rounded off with 'Heaven and Hell' again with major crowd
participation and Toby and Tim swapping vocals perfectly. Encores
consisted of Dio's best, namely 'Rainbow In The Dark' and the very apt
'We Rock' which rounded off an amazing night.
If you have
yet to witness Dio Disciples live, I urge you to as soon as possible.
This was my third DD show in just over a year and again I was blown away
with their performance. The Dio legacy couldn't be in safer hands, we
most definitely rocked !
photos by David Wilson
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