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Tim “Ripper” Owens Playing Shows With Dio Disciples

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I miss this dude
I miss Ronnie James Dio. Just knowing that dude was around made this world seem a little less crazy. Things seem to make more sense. Since Ronnie’s death, nothing seems to make sense.

Take the news that Tim “Ripper” Owens — of Judas Priest, Iced Earth, and Charred Walls of the Damned fame — will be teaming up with former Dio members for something called Dio Disciples. The group will feature Rudy Sarzo on bass, drummer Simon Wright, Craig Goldy on guitar and Scott Warren playing keyboards.

Dio Disciples will be playing a number of shows in Europe soon along with Toby Jepson of Little Angels. Now, I say nothing seems to make sense since Dio’s death because, this doesn’t make any sense. Why would anyone pay money to see dudes from Dio’s old band play Dio songs with Tim? Tim’s an awesome dude and all, but the whole commercialization of Dio since his passing just leaves me with a foul taste in my mouth.

I think it’s bile that’s risen from my bowels and creeped its way passed my tonsils. And now, here’s a word from the person behind all of this commercialization of Dio…or as she calls it, “keeping Dio’s memory and legacy alive.”

“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,” says Wendy Dio, Ronnie’s widow. “We will [announce] the U.K./European tour dates as they are confirmed, and we are planning some U.S. dates also. Hope to see you at one of the shows.”

I bet you do. It means more money for you the more tickets are sold. I feel like there’s been more Dio goings-on since Ronnie died than there were while he was alive. Egregious.