I’m sure by now everyone is aware that Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November. He is currently recovering from chemotherapy at home and recently posted a very positive holiday message at his website.
In today’s edition of the Chronicles, we’ve unearthed a recording of Dio in 1983 at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Donington Castle. Unfortunately we only have four songs from the complete show. The whole performance was bootlegged as Live Evil on a double LP in the ’80s and Evil Eyes on CD in the early 1990s; however, the sound quality here is vastly superior to either of those. Hopefully I’ll be able to acquire the rest of the show from this same audio source.
Lift your chalice of Barleywine in a toast to the New Year and to Ronnie James Dio’s recovery. Cheers!