Tribute Band/Arist Of The Day – Rainbow In The Dark – Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

Posted: 07/25/2013 in Music, Tribute Band/Arist Of The Day

Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
TR: Tommy (Wolf) Rossini  I’m the vocalist , founding member.
Dave Bates (guitar)
David Fry (Bass)
Kevin Katich (Drums)

MW: What made you decide to do a  Ronnie James DIO tribute?
TR: In Sept. 2009 in Tampa bay where this started , none of the bands playing out were playing any traditional metal, melodic metal or power metal . it was mostly country, Rap & a small  underground hardcore/death metal scene . I wanted to see the kind of band   & hear the music that would raise the hair on the back of your neck . I thought who can I do justice to vocally & then I noticed there wasn’t a DIO  tribute in the whole southeast U.S..

MW: What is your favorite song to play live?
TR: Hard question. All of DIO’s material is great, I guess if I had to pick Children Of The Sea or Kill The King. Children of the sea is very dramatic & kill the king is a very high energy adrenaline rush live .

MW: Give me a sample song list?
TR: The King Of Rock & Roll
We Rock
Children Of The Sea
Neon Knights
Kill The King
Straight Through The Heart
I Could Have Been A Dreamer
All The Fools Sailed Away
Man On The Silver Mountain
The Mob Rules
Rainbow Int The Dark
Holy Diver
Long Live Rock & Roll
The Last In Line
Don’t Talk To Strangers
Sacred Heart
Heaven & Hell

MW: How many shows a year does RAINBOW IN THE DARK do?
TR: the goal this year is to try to do as many shows as we can with Dave’s original band & book as many shows as we can around the music schedule of everyone else in the band.

MW: Where are some of the places you have played?
TR: They were all in Tampa Bay.

MW: What has been your biggest crowd? And where?
TR: Honestly not sure, no one ever gave me a count… Tampa Bay for live crowd, but I’m sure that record will be broken in Los Angeles this year. if I look on our web page, the top 3 cities for largest  number of fans goes like this:
#1 Los Angels , CA
#2 Sao Paulo , Brazil
#3 Las Vegas , Nv

MW: What can fans expect from RAINBOW IN THE DARK in 2013?
TR: They can expect to be risen from the dead LOL.

MW: Do you have stuff you sale at shows?
TR: Shirts with the logo.

MW: Do you have a website where you sale stuff?
TR: YES, What I’m excited about selling on the web site is a pay per view of live streaming shows, thats the plan, if promoters can’t afford to fly us to some of these places where people are asking for us. I think a live streaming show is much better experience than selling a CD or T-shirt.

MW: Do any of the members of RAINBOW IN THE DARK have a original project?
TR: Dave plays in Edge Of Paradise , Kevin is a session Drummer. I write & Record as a solo artist & am currently trying to get a video made for a song I recorded.

MW: Where is  RAINBOW IN THE DARK from?
TR: Los Angeles , CA.

MW: Give me a day in your life?
TR: We break camp at sunrise, mount the horses & prepare our weapons for battle. another day, another dragon to slay. (Dio fans will understand) LOL to translate into 2013 terms most my day is spent on computer & cell talking to people from all parts of the Metal music world. Honestly there is so much work that goes into putting on a GOOD tribute show that someone needs to make a reality show for it.

MW: How can someone book RAINBOW IN THE DARK ?
TR: You can contact us thru, which also links to our ReverbNation page.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
TR: That this Ronnie James DIO tribute is done with love & respect for the man, its not just another tribute. This is a celebration of the life & music of the man. We are all influenced by Ronnie as musicians but as I took on this project it became uncanny how much I had in common with him as a person. Come out & be a part of the DIO / RAINBOW IN THE DARK family. Live music can’t stay alive without you.


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