SIMON WRIGHT - Beastly Feast Of Dio's Best Page 4
by Martin Popoff

As for his impression of the Russian temperament... "It's a number of things," reflects Wright. "They have a great sense of humour, it seemed, but they only laugh when something is funny. They're not very kinda happy people in that way. And can you blame 'em? I mean, all they've been through? And it's not to be rude or putting 'em down, but they're very kinda genuine people with big hearts. If something is funny and you tell 'em, they'll laugh but they don't go around smiling saying, 'Hey, have a nice day!', you know? Just that in itself was a bit of a culture shock. But we got to understand that and it became a lot easier. You know, Russia was amazing. Really an eye-opener."

"That's exactly what it is, a bonding experience," affirms Wright, in closing, on the flag-flying for Ronnie's songs that is the Dio Disciples. "When Ronnie died, it hit us all pretty hard, but we got to do these great songs he'd written, and talk to the fans, and they just love it. Dio Disciples is a great way to just keep this great music alive. So when Dio Disciples comes your way, come out and see it; you won't be disappointed. It's good for the fans and they like what we're doing as well. You know, because it's kind of a release. We needed to do something. When Ronnie passed we didn't know what to do, but we felt we needed to do something. And we all felt the same. It's a good thing. We need to keep his songs alive, keep the flame burning and continue playing his music-it shouldn't be forgotten. We're doing this with the utmost respect, as I've said many, many times now. So, you know, if you see Dio Disciples out there, come check it out because it's a genuine thing."