Ex-Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich opines that Ronnie James Dio would be pissed at Hologram tribute
Former Dio and Whitesnake, and current The Dead Daisies and Revolution Saints guitarist Doug Aldrich was recently interviewed by the White Line Fever podcast an spoke about the Hologram Tour featuring the deceased Ronnie James Dio. Aldrich was in Dio from 2002 to 2006.
“I would like to see it myself, just to see it. I love hearing those songs, I love Ronnie, so that would be cool.”
“But I think Ronnie would be pissed. I think so. Ronnie would be, like, ‘c’mon, let me be dead in peace!’ Ronnie was a no-frills guy. He was not down for stuff like that.”
Aldrich spoke about Prince’s former guitarist Wendy Melvoin believing her late boss would feel the same about similar tributes to the purple one. Aldrich stated: “At the Super Bowl, they had a half-time thing with Prince. A big curtain came down and there was a projection of Prince. It was, like, 300 feet tall. It was really cool, I thought.”
“My neighbour is the old guitar player for Prince, Wendy. She had gotten her son a basketball hoop and was trying to assemble it by herself. I hadn’t met her yet. I went over and said ‘you need a hand, I think’’ and she’s like ‘yeah, yeah. I don’t know how the hell … there’s all these parts’. We built this hoop for her together and said ‘oh, by the way, what do you think Prince would think about that?’. She goes ‘he’d hate it’ – hate, hate it!’. But I thought it was great so I’d love to see the hologram thing. I just hope they get it to be bigger than life because that’s how Ronnie was.”
You can listen to the interview with Doug Aldrich at the White Line Fever podcast’s iTunes page.