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From one Ronnie to another

May 16th marks the 10th anniversary of passing of Ronnie James Dio. The latest Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero pays tribute to the legend with a cover of Rainbow Eyes:

By the way, that’s Romero’s Lords of Black bandmate Tony Hernando on guitar. Apparently, they are “putting the band back together”.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

20 Comments to “From one Ronnie to another”:

  1. 1
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    So, RBR has finally been laid to rest… 🌈⌛⛪🗿

  2. 2
    Robert Worm says:

    Beautiful tribute. Best I have heard Ronnie sound too 🙂

  3. 3
    Adel Faragalla says:

    No one can do justice when trying to be anywhere near as good RJD but there is no harm in trying.
    RJD is alive and well he just not here with us so we can miss him more and more.

  4. 4
    Mondrian says:

    Well balanced act

  5. 5
    DeepOz says:

    vn, ty rr/th

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Call me a douche, but I always loved that song though it is reputedly the one that had Blackmore realize that Ronnie Dio’s voice was not suited for AOR power balladeering (into which Blackers wanted to move after that fateful US tour opening for REO Speedwagon) because – and I quote – his falsetto “sounded like a girl’s”. Romero’s voice sounds like a woman’s in parts here too (perhaps intentionally), but his rendition is beautiful. And I’m not the greatest Romero fan on earth.

  7. 7
    Arthur says:

    Nicely done Ronnie, Ritchie still finding great vocalists!

  8. 8
    Felix Gauloises says:


  9. 9
    stoffer says:

    very nice!!
    @6 U saw Rainbow open for REO that tour, they blew REO offstage but the Mid-West audience (mostly) couldn’t wait for their set to be done! I thought they were awesome but I remember RB not looking very interested maybe because they weren’t headlining?

  10. 10
    Dennis says:

    Uwe – why do you say “fateful”? I was at the Long Island show (Suffolk Forum) and they blew REO off off the stage The place emptied out after the Rainbow set. I also attended the Omni show in Atlanta where Ritchie got into a fight with REO’s tour manager. Those of us close to the stage could see the commotion. Is that what you are referring to?

  11. 11
    john says:

    I cried.

  12. 12
    Lindsay says:

    Beautifully done Senor Romero ! Well sung & execellent recording too ! A lovely tribute to the Man on the Mountain RJD !!!

  13. 13
    Buttockss says:

    Can’t here it here on mars ?👽

  14. 14
    Ivan says:

    A beautiful version of a beautiful song! Bravo!

  15. 15
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @6 Uwe,
    as per your expressed written wishes & because I have such a deep respect for you, both as a person & as a fellow fan of Deep Purple…
    You’re a douche!. 😜😆
    Don’t worry mate, life gets better!.
    Yeah, ‘Rainbow Eyes’ is brilliant. 😊

  16. 16
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I wrote “fateful” because it was that tour – new hair, new line up, but lingering dissatisfaction about Rainbow’s lack of large scale success – where Blackmore made up his mind that he wanted – yet another – radical change and that Dio’s vision was no longer his. There is a path that leads from Kevin Cronin to Joe Lynn Turner even if Blackmore needed Graham Bonnet as a link.

    Which is kind of sad because much as I like Down to Earth and am a Bonnet diehard (prefer his voice and melodies even to Dio’s), I would have liked to hear another studio album from the Daisley/Stone line-up which had unrealized potential. I’m btw one of those people who prefers LLRnR (the album) to the in my ears hurried und underdeveloped sounding Rainbow Rising even though I understand how the latter’s energetic immediacy appeals to a lot of people. But I like the more honed songwriting and production on LLRnR better.

  17. 17
    Uwe Hornung says:

    @15 BR: I will carry that badge with pride! As someone who also likes The Carpenters, Air Supply and The Eagles, what else can I do?!! I can even enjoy the Bay City Rollers (Rock’n’Roll Love Letter is a cracker of a song!).

  18. 18
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @17 Uwe, you’re a good sport, mate! Do you know, we are not so far apart, musically speaking… We are of the same era. To put it another way, you understand what & who I’m referring to, when I say I feel sad that Mama Cass ate the sandwich that could’ve saved Karen Carpenter… I mean, try telling that to a 25 year old, they haven’t got a clue!.
    So anyway, here’s a brave man for you to ponder… life finds a way!

  19. 19
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Yup, eating wasn’t Karen’s strong point. : – ( And people die from anorexia to this day, 40 years later, it’s hard to save someone who doesn’t want to survive. Mama Cass went the other way with slimming pills and drug abuse, equally tragic.

    As for the YouTube Clip – I know talent when I hear it. : – )

    Speaking of SOTW, I first heard that song in the summer of 1973 (I was born 1960 and lived in Africa between 1972 and 1975, we only returned to our German home town during summer vacation while we were in Zaire/Congo; I went to an American school there, hence there was no escaping The Carpenters!) at some family get-together in a restaurant playing from a juke box. I wasn’t listening to rock at the time (but remembered the In Rock sleeve from my elder brother a few years back), that took another year or so (I liked Alice Cooper at first, DP second and Status Quo third), but Blackers’ riff immediately arrested my attention, I thought it was the catchiest four notes I’d ever heard. I only found out later that it was a DP song and made the connection to my bother’s LP sleeve [when I first heard him play In Rock I was only 9 or 10 and – reared on Beatles singles – deemed it a barrage of godawful noise! : – ) ].

  20. 20
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Uwe, your life is far more interesting & admirable than this fascinated humble bum can bear! Please accept the following link to a delightful musical interlude as the best I can offer you in these circumstances & enjoy!:

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