Trivium lead vocalist Matt Heafy looked back on when he met Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson during a recent interview with Metal Wani. Apparently, Dickinson told Heafy he might have a voice like Dio and admitted that the Rainbow singer is one of his heroes.
Bruce Dickinson had mentioned in several previous interviews that he is a fan of the late musician Ronnie James Dio. The singer recently opened up about his admiration for Dio during an interview with Loudwire.
The Iron Maiden icon exclaimed that Ronnie James Dio is one of his favorite tenors since he had a hybrid sound that got better as he got older. Apparently, Dickinson particularly loves one of his songs named ‘Love Is All’ and even wants to cover it during his live shows.
According to Loudwire, Dickinson said:
“One of my favorite tenors is Ronnie James Dio. Ronnie was kind of a hybrid. As he got older his voice was much more robust, but if you hear him on some early stuff, in particular, some of the stuff he did pre-Rainbow.
There was an album he did called ‘Butterfly Ball.’ He was a guest on it and Roger Glover from Deep Purple wrote a lot of it and produced it. There’s a song on there called ‘Love Is All,’ and his voice is like glass. It’s so transparent and it’s just amazing. I’ve always wanted to cover that song, not necessarily on an album, but live.”
During a recent interview, Matt Heafy recalled a story about the two legendary rockers. In his story, the musician looked back on when his band appeared on Bruce Dickinson’s radio show in 2006. During that show, the Iron Maiden singer told him that his voice might resemble Ronnie James Dio’s in the future, which meant the world to Heafy.
A year later, Matt Heafy’s band got the opportunity to open for Heaven & Hell, during which he met Ronnie James Dio. Heafy later told him about Dickinson’s statement during a conversation. In response, Dio laughed and said that this statement proves he’s one of Dickinson’s heroes after all.
In his own words, Heafy said:
“We were interviewed on Bruce Dickinson’s radio show in 2006 and I remember I was, like, ‘I’ve gotta talk to this guy about vocals. I asked him all these questions about vocals, and what he told me, in the end, was, like, ‘I believe someday your voice will develop to be something like Ronnie James Dio.’
That’s what Bruce Dickinson said to me. I was, like, ‘Thanks, man.’ It stuck with me forever. Then, in 2007, we’re playing for Heaven & Hell, and I’m able to meet Dio. I told Dio that same story. I said, ‘Bruce Dickinson said someday I’d have a voice like you.’
Ronnie James Dio laughs, smiles and he goes, ‘You know, Bruce finally admitted I’m one of his heroes,’ and that was kind of the end of that. And we shared a glass of wine together, and that was just a very trippy night.”
You can watch the entire interview below.