Doug Aldrich Recalls Being Kicked Out of Ronnie James Dio’s House by Legendary Singer

Doug Aldrich Recalls Being Kicked Out of Ronnie James Dio’s House by Legendary Singer

In a recent interview with Radioactive MikeZ, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM program “Wired In The Empire,” former DIO and WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich shared a memorable and somewhat dramatic experience involving the legendary Ronnie James Dio. Aldrich was asked if he was part of the DIO lineup that opened for IRON MAIDEN on a U.S. tour over two decades ago. He clarified that he was not, explaining that the tour took place in 2003, a time when he was juggling commitments between WHITESNAKE and DIO.

Aldrich recounted how WHITESNAKE initially invited him to join their tour, and he sought Dio’s approval. Dio agreed, and Aldrich embarked on what was supposed to be a two-month tour with WHITESNAKE. The tour was a success, and WHITESNAKE leader David Coverdale extended the tour, which Aldrich eagerly accepted. During breaks, Aldrich would visit Dio to work on new music, which eventually led to the writing sessions for what would become “Master Of The Moon.” However, Aldrich did not end up contributing to the album.

The situation took a turn when Dio informed Aldrich about an upcoming summer tour with IRON MAIDEN. Aldrich, having already committed to WHITESNAKE’s summer run, found himself in a difficult position. Dio was furious upon hearing this and abruptly ended their writing session, kicking Aldrich out of his house. Aldrich felt terrible about the situation but recognized the significant opportunity he had with WHITESNAKE, which ultimately led to the creation of new music for the band.

Despite the fallout, Aldrich and Dio’s professional relationship did not end there. In 2005, Dio invited Aldrich to join him on a European tour, which resulted in the “Holy Diver Live” DVD. This move caused some tension with Coverdale, who was concerned about Aldrich’s commitment to WHITESNAKE. Aldrich assured Coverdale that he would return to work on new music for WHITESNAKE, which they eventually did.

Aldrich’s time with DIO was brief but impactful. He contributed to the “Killing The Dragon” album in 2002 and participated in extensive touring and live recordings. Even after joining WHITESNAKE, Aldrich continued to collaborate with Dio on various projects, including tours in 2005.

In a 2015 interview, Aldrich reflected on his time with DIO, noting that although he was only with the band for about a year, they accomplished a great deal. This included the “Killing The Dragon” album, extensive touring, and the “Evil Or Divine – Live In New York City” DVD. Aldrich’s ability to balance commitments between DIO and WHITESNAKE showcased his dedication and versatility as a musician.

Aldrich’s career has been diverse, having played with bands such as LION, HOUSE OF LORDS, BAD MOON RISING, HURRICANE, and Glenn Hughes. In 2016, he joined THE DEAD DAISIES and contributed to their last four albums, including “Make Some Noise” (2016), “Burn It Down” (2018), “Holy Ground” (2021), and “Radiance” (2022).

Ronnie James Dio, renowned for his work with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, and DIO, passed away from stomach cancer in May 2010 at the age of 67. Dio was celebrated as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. His diagnosis came in late 2009, and he made his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

Dio’s legacy continues to be honored through various projects, including a memoir titled “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography,” released in July 2021. The book was co-written by Mick Wall, a longtime friend and esteemed music writer. Additionally, the first-ever career-spanning documentary on Dio’s life, “Dio: Dreamers Never Die,” received a DVD and Blu-Ray release in September 2023.

Aldrich also confirmed that a previously unreleased Ronnie James Dio song, which they were working on before Dio’s death, will be included in an upcoming collection of never-before-heard and obscure recordings. The track was written during the sessions for “Magica II,” a sequel to 2000’s “Magica,” which remained unfinished at the time of Dio’s passing. Another track from “Magica II,” titled “Electra,” was included in the 2012 release “The Very Best of Dio Vol 2.”

Aldrich’s experiences with Dio highlight the complexities and challenges of balancing multiple commitments in the music industry. Despite the occasional conflicts, Aldrich’s respect and admiration for Dio remain evident, and his contributions to both DIO and WHITESNAKE have left a lasting impact on the world of heavy metal.

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