CRAIG GOLDY Says DIO DISCIPLES Is 'Really Not A For-Profit Thing'

Dave Reffett of GuitarWorld.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Craig Goldy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

GuitarWorld.com: How did the idea for the DIO DISCIPLES come about?

Craig: Ronnie [James Dio] was family to us, and he was family to me. When a main family member passes away, the family members left behind often a couple of times throughout the year, try to keep the loved one's memory alive. Ronnie was family to the whole world, so there was a long mourning and grieving process. During that time, there were a lot of tributes to Ronnie, with a lot of bands coming out, doing stuff. Some of them had good hearts and good intentions. Others had no business to do it and were just taking advantage of it. At one point, we were talking about it, saying, "You know, we really should do something." So Wendy [Dio, Ronnie's manager and wife], Simon Wright [DIO DISCIPLES/ex-DIO drummer] and I sat down and talked and said, "OK, it's time." We wanted to make sure it was done in the most respectful way; that's how it all started.

GuitarWorld.com: What do you think when people are not happy about these types of tributes?

Craig: I understand it, because Ronnie was so revered that there are going to be people who are apprehensive of what we're doing. It's really not a for-profit thing. If people think it's a for-profit thing, I have no problem with them checking my bank account balance. [laughs] I mean, we're barely squeaking by over our expenses. It's very expensive to do this kind of thing. There is money involved, but money is not the priority. The priority is to make sure Ronnie's memory is kept alive. Even if we did nothing, he was so loved around the world that there are people who will always remember him, but if we just left alone and did nothing, these special moments with the band and the crowd would not have happened. So many people have come backstage to us and said, "That was the greatest experience ever," and that's what we say about this. It's not really a concert, it's an experience. Ronnie and his music were so loved that it became such a huge part of people's lives. The songs we're playing have been a huge part of people's lives for decades. It really means something to them.

GuitarWorld.com: What's the most important you learned from Ronnie?

Craig: There are so many, but a lot of it is first the music has to feel good. The groove has to be great because a lot of guitar players write for the riff first. The way he wrote songs was special too, because he really toiled. The law of hit songwriting is melody first, lyrics second. A lot of people don't do that, a lot of singers sit around with their notebooks filled with lyrics and they try to cram their lyrics into a song. So the two have already been sitting around collecting dust and they try to call it an original song. That's not the way you do it. You've got to start from scratch. He would really toil because it's hard to tell a story and hit people in the heart with the limited amount of syllables you have in a song. It's not an easy task, but I watched him do that and I learned from him. There is going to be some original material coming out, and I have a song about Ronnie's passing and how the band feels and how the fans might feel, and it's coming out really good. When Wendy heard it, she said, "Ronnie would be really proud of you."

Read the entire interview from GuitarWorld.com.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).