Ronnie James Dio talks black magic, white magic, and the “bad spirit” that tried to kill his wife

Rainbow, Rising

By Steve Newton

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Rainbow Rising–one of the greatest metal albums of all time–I’ve been posting blogs with soundbites from interviews I did with former Rainbow members Ronnie James Dio (in 1985) and Tony Carey (in ’84).

The first one I did on Carey last Tuesday did not go over well with him, as I noted yesterday. As everyone knows, Dio, sadly, is no longer around to care about what he might have said 30 years ago. He’s up there working on Rising II with his old bandmate Cozy Powell, the world’s greatest hard-rock drummer. Randy Rhoads is on guitar. And Jaco‘s on bass, if you can believe that.

I consider myself very fortunate to have interacted with Dio in a professional capacity–even if that just means chattin’ on the phone for 20 minutes or so. Holy crap was he an interesting guy.

Case in point being today’s audio excerpt. During the course of our conversation I asked the rock legend if he was interested in the occult, and he started talking white magic and black magic–and how you should never mess with the black. Apparently while recording Rainbow’s Long Live Rock and Roll the band inadvertently summoned an evil spirit that caused havoc in the studio and even tried to kill Dio’s wife.

Scary stuff!

Have a listen:

 

 

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