MusicRadar previews Dio Returns tour
OK, we’re just about 24 hours until curtains up on the Dio Returns world tour. The band and Wendy have been doing a ton of press, and interest/excitement is through the roof! MusicRadar spoke with Craig Goldy to get the band’s perspective on the tour and talk a bit about the importance of family in the Dio universe. It’s a great read and really hits on all the reasons why we wanted to bring this production to the fans!
“The band Dio was run like a family, because it was a family,” says Craig. “And when an important family member dies, those left behind often do things to keep their lost loved one’s memory alive. Ronnie had an extended family… his fans from all over the world! Whenever we do a Dio Disciples concert, in my heart it’s a memorial service in the form of a concert.”
Craig cites the eye-boggling production of the mid-’80s Sacred Heart tour as a key differentiator between Dio and other performers of the era – and a reason for friction between band members over the years.
“When the Sacred Heart tour came out, Ronnie practically cut his profit margin in half bringing the fans an 18-foot fire-breathing dragon,” Craig recalls. “He didn’t hike up ticket prices for all that; it was his way of giving back to the fans.