Former LIttle Angels and Gun singer Toby Jepson says he’d “take exception” if anyone accuses the Dio Disciples project of being a tribute band.
The lineup’s stated aim is to “keep Ronnie James Dio’s music alive.” It’s represented by the iconic singer’s widow and manager, Wendy, and fronted by Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Jepson, with Dio members Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright and Scott Warren.
The Dio Disciples recently announced they’d be touring Europe this year, with North American dates on the cards. Wendy Dio said: “There will never be another Ronnie but we hope you will support the band.”
Now Jepson says every member of the lineup is taking the project seriously.
He reports: “Ronnie James Dio is a legend and his name will outlast mine, no doubt.
“But to be asked by his organisation to essay they music and help keep the flame alive is a massive privilege, and one I don’t take lightly.
“I don’t consider it to be a tribute band, and i can assure you that none of the key people see it as that either. I actually take exception to that as a suggestion. The hope is that the fans will see our intention is to honour his memory with dignity.”
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