Ronnie James Dio: 1942-2010. ‘I’m Building Something that Will Allow Me to Carry on as a Musician,’ Rocker Said in Lost Interview

The heavy-metal world has lost one of its greats. Ronnie James Dio—who, in 1979, replaced Ozzy Osbourne as Black Sabbath’s frontman—passed away Sunday at age 67 after a battle with stomach cancer.

Twenty-four years earlier, the hard-rocking singer chatted with host Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman, then a pop-music critic for the Tampa Tribune.

CAPTION: "I want to be prepared," Ronnie (above) said of keeping busy-and funded-during his retirement.

"I want to be prepared," Ronnie (above) said of keeping busy—and funded—during his retirement.

During the 35-minute, never-before-aired interview, Ronnie, who also sang for Elf and Rainbow during his 50-year career, discussed how he was preparing for his golden years.

“I just bought a building, in Los Angeles—on Sunset Boulevard,” he told Bob.

“It’s a building that was owned by Charlie Chaplin. It’s going to be a sound- stage for videos; for full-scale productions. It also has room for smaller bands. We’ll potentially have a recording studio there on the property.

“Again, something to ensure that, later in life, I’ll be able to produce. Because some day I’ll be too old to run around the stage. Though that won’t hopefully happen for a long while yet.

“I’m building something that will allow me to carry on as a musician, because that’s what I do best.”

Ronnie also chatted about The Monkees, who were then in the midst of a reunion tour.

“When they first came on, I quite liked them. I liked Last Train to Clarksville,” he said of the Pre-Fab Four’s single from the summer of 1964, which hit No. 1 with a bullet.

“I know it was all a bit of a sham. But I know that Mickey Dolenz sang. And Davy Jones sang. And Mike Nesmith sang. And Peter Tork did something.

“They were just a creation, but I like the way they were handled— even though they didn’t play the music themselves.”

To hear Ronnie’s full interview, click here.

4 thoughts on “Ronnie James Dio: 1942-2010. ‘I’m Building Something that Will Allow Me to Carry on as a Musician,’ Rocker Said in Lost Interview

  1. Timeshare Relief

    Ronnie James Dio was a great heavy-metal vocalist, in that interview with Ronnie, that was never before aired, he has a great plans not only for himself but also for the next and future bands, he is envisioning that there will be a new raise on bands latter on. Just like timeshare relief, it provides helps on how to get rid with your timeshares burdens and eventually find freedom from it.

  2. Larry

    I’m so saddend by the loss of Mr. Dio. I loved his writing not because of the Kings and Queens, Dragons and things. I loved the way he used words to open the eyes of the listner.

  3. stuthewineguru

    The rock world just lost one it’s brightest and longest shining stars. Dio represented vocalists from a time when singing in a rock band mattered. His voice was unmistakeable and he had a major impact on rock music and rock vocalists the world over. He had an incredible vocal range and his signature ability to hold a note for a sustained length of time seemed unmatched by his peers.

    Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, whatever name you want to give it, Ronny James Dio was a master at writing and performing music, and his legend will ascend the ranks of the Rock Gods forever. I am sure the heavens will sound just a little bit better now Ronny’s voice added to the mix.


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