More than a decade after his untimely 2010 death, Ronnie James Dio is back in the spotlight.
His memoir Rainbow in the Dark, published last year, was a surprisingly informative and entertaining read that shed a lot of light on the heavy metal vocalist’s early years. This year, it will be followed up with the long-awaited release of an as-yet-untilted documentary, which will reportedly chronicle his life and career with the help of previously unseen archival footage and testimony from a host of heavy metal peers. Honestly, I have never been much of a Dio fan. I did see him on his own and with Black Sabbath, and enjoyed some of his work with those bands and Rainbow. But for the most part, his dungeons and dragons lyrics and grandiose approach were too Spinal Tapish for my taste. Still, I was duly impressed with his autobiography, so I’m honestly looking forward to the film. But what does my Sonic Reducers co-host Eric Alper think? Listen in to today’s segment to find out. We’ll discuss Dio’s work, share our thoughts on his importance and impact — and you can watch Eric blow my mind with a hilarious revelation. Sonic Reducers. One topic. Two music nerds. Five minutes. Everything you need to know.