Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing attended the June 16 concert at the Academy in Manchester, England by DIO DISCIPLES — the new project featuring 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 Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) 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.”
In a posting on his official web site, Downing writes, “Last night I went up to Manchester to see the DIO DISCIPLES. I had been promising myself that I would not miss this show at any cost. It is not only totally packed with great songs but also I know all of the guys in the band and how good they are, including, of course, the great Ripper Owens, so I was guaranteed a night to remember. I was not disappointed; the guys excelled themselves as the crowd chanted, ‘Dio! Dio! Dio!’ over and over again.
“If you get a chance, do not miss out, it is a must-see performance and a fitting tribute to the great Ronnie James Dio, the man who loved everyone and the man that everyone loved. His voice must and will live on forever!”
A photo of Downing with DIO DISCIPLES can be seen below.