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
Children Of The Sea
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
Long Live Rock & Roll
The Last In Line
Don’t Talk To Strangers
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, http://www.facebook.com/RainbowIntheDark 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.