German metal queen Doro Pesch filled in for singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) for the second time during this past Saturday night’s (July 2) DIO DISCIPLES concert at Sala Heineken in Madrid, Spain.
DIO DISCIPLES features former DIO members Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards) alongside bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, WHITE LION) and singers Owens and Toby Jepson (LITTLE ANGELS, GUN)
DIO DISCIPLES pays tribute to the legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager, Wendy, who recently posted that “there will never be another Ronnie, but we want to keep his music alive and hope you will support the band and become one of the DIO DISCIPLES.”
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. Stand Up And Shout (DIO)
02. Holy Diver (DIO)
03. Don’t Talk to Strangers (DIO)
04. Egypt (The Chains Are On) (DIO)
05. King Of Rock And Roll (DIO)
06. Catch The Rainbow (RAINBOW)
07. Stargazer (RAINBOW)
08. Neon Knights (BLACK SABBATH)
09. Straight Through The Heart (DIO)
10. Children Of The Sea (BLACK SABBATH)
11. Killing The Dragon (DIO)
12. Last In The Line (DIO)
13. Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll (RAINBOW)
14. Man On The Silver Mountain (RAINBOW)
15. Heaven And Hell (BLACK SABBATH)
16. Rainbow In The Dark (DIO)
17. We Rock (DIO)
Check out photos at MetalSymphony.com.
Fan-filmed video footage of the Madrid performance can be seen below.
Owens was unable to make the Spanish shows as he was attending his daughter’s wedding.
Prior to the Spanish concerts, Pesch stated about performing with DIO DISCIPLES, “I’m so excited to be a part of this tour. I listened day and night to Ronnie James Dio‘s amazingly wonderful songs and I will try me very best to do a good job with them. I feel so honored and blessed to be a part of this and to keep Dio‘s music and magic alive. He was truly the greatest rock and metal singer of all time. We love you, Ronnie. I will sing my heart out for you and the fans. ”
In a recent interview with Rocksalt.mx, Pesch spoke about a new song she has written as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio. “I was always such a big [Dio] fan, like so many other people, [I] just adored him and loved him,” she said. “But there’s one song, we will be working on that and I think it will be wonderful. But I first want to show it to Wendy Dio [Ronnie‘s wife/manager] and let her listen to it, so that’s one thing. I kind of want to make many versions of that song, I think it’s beautiful and I like it a lot . . . It’s called ‘Hero’ and it has a beautiful melody and I would like to make many versions of it, like an acoustic version and a full-blown band version and maybe an orchestral version… and we are just working on it. I definitely want to take care of that one — that song’s nice. But first I want to let Wendy listen to it. I’m really hoping… but I’m sure she will like it a lot. Every time everybody is listening to it in the studio everybody is crying and so — wow — so touching.”