The Dio Tapes, 1985: Ronnie James Dio rates Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen

By Steve Newton

Last year I posted an audio clip from my 1985 interview with Ronnie James Dio in which he kindly offered me backstage passes to a show in Vancouver on the Sacred Heart Tour.

Here’s another excerpt from that conversation in which the legendary heavy-metal crooner compares the guitar-playing abilities of his former bandmate Ritchie Blackmore to those of his then-current tourmate Yngwie Malmsteen, whose Rising Force was opening for Dio at the time.

Have a listen:


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