Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Please introduce yourself?
DI: My name is DUDU ISABEL and I’m the lead singer of HUNGRY FOR HEAVEN (Ronnie James Dio tribute band from Transylvania).
MW: What made you decide to do a Ronnie James Dio tribute?
DI: Unfortunately, his premature demise. As a vocalist and a performer, I was deeply influenced by the great man’s appearance, so when he passed away, I thought people should get the chance to witness live the performance, the songs, the magic. Further more, with Heaven and Hell disbanded and Ozzy back in Sabbath, there are a lot of great songs featuring Ronnie’s vocals that will never get played again in front of a live audience. We just try to carry on the flame. Thus, Ronnie will always be with us. This is our tribute to a epic artist.
MW: What is your favorite song to play live?
DI: If I have to choose, I’d say SHAME ON THE NIGHT, from the 1983 Holy Diver album. It’s very dark, but at the same time, very erotic. Also, it’s pretty difficult to sing and I love this kind of challenge!
MW: Give me a sample song list?
DI: DIO songs:
RAINBOW IN THE DARK
THE LAST IN LINE
HUNGRY FOR HEAVEN
DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS
AS LONG AS IT’S NOT ABOUT LOVE
SHAME ON THE NIGHT
THIS IS YOUR LIFE
ALL THE FOOLS SAILED AWAY
BLACK SABBATH songs:
FALLIN’ OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
HEAVEN AND HELL
HEAVEN AND HELL songs:
FOLLOW THE TEARS
CATCH THE RAINBOW
MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN
LONG LIVE ROCK’N’ROLL
MW: How many shows a year does HUNGRY FOR HEAVEN do?
DI: Beein a new band, I’d say between 10 and 30 shows/year.
MW: Where are some of the places you have played?
DI: For now, romanian places only: Cluj Napoca, Sibiu, Satu Mare, Bistrita, Alba Iulia and so on, but we’re lookin’ to expand.
MW: What has been your biggest crowd? And where?
DI: I’d say about one 5-600 people, at a biker’s meeting near Cluj Napoca.
MW: What can fans expect from HUNGRY FOR HEAVEN in 2013?
DI: More songs, more shows, more live videos, maybe a national tour, in loving memory of Ronnie James.
MW: Do you have stuff you sale at shows?
DI: No. We don’t own any rights to the songs, so we don’t put out any merchandise related to the artist we’re bringin’ tribute to.
MW: Do any of the members of HUNGRY FOR HEAVEN have a original project?
DI: I have a modern metal band called VESPERA (https://www.facebook.com/VesperaRomania), the drummer and keyboard player play heavy metal with SHE WOLF.
MW: Where is HUNGRY FOR HEAVEN from?
DI: CLUJ NAPOCA, TRANSYLVANIA.
MW: Give me a day in your life.
DI: I get up, get my breakfast, do some cardio and then dive right into vocal trainings for about one, one and a half hour. Then I’m off to the morning band practice, for about two hours. After that, it’s nap/lunch/emails/misc stuff, till 6 in the afternoon, when the night band practice is scheduled, up til 9 or 10 pm.
MW: How can someone book HUNGRY FOR HEAVEN?
DI: Just get in touch with us at https://www.facebook.com/hungryforheavenband and we can talk!
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
DI: Long live rock’n’roll!!!