Former Dio drummer Simmons Wright spoke in an interview with WSOU 89.5 FM and revealed why he stayed with him for about 14 years.
He said ‘Ronnie James Dio was quite a big part of my life’. Here’s the statement:
“He was a massive part. When I joined [DIO] in 1990, it was a little. short [run]. [I] was only about three years with him when I first joined. And then I rejoined again in ’98. And I ended up moving into his house.
There were a few people staying there as well. I went through a horrible divorce — blah blah blah — and I was gonna quit. I said, ‘I’m going back to England. I’ve had enough of all this. I’ll stop playing drums.’ So he said, ‘No, don’t do that. Just come over and just hang at my place and stuff, and get your head together.’ And I ended up staying there for about 14 years. [Laughs]
So he was quite a big part of my life. We got to know each other. We kind of bonded a bit more. We did a lot of work on the house together — not doing music, but just building things and stuff. And I looked after him a lot when he got really, really sick at home.”
Back in October 2018, he talked The Metal Voice and explained the details about Ronnie James Dio Hologram tour.
Here’s the statement:
“There are plan to tour with Dio Hologram next year and it will be different, it’s going to be a lot better as far as the way it looks. its the same hologram but they took it to the shop, worked on it and it looks really really good, it looks almost real.
The team is in the process of deciding what the tour will look like. There are so many people who didn’t get a chance to see Ronnie Dio live so, now they will get to see him as live as is possible, it’s going to be a big show, big production.”
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