WXHC recently had the opportunity to speak with Wendy Dio, widow of the late Cortland-based legend, Ronnie James Dio.
She discussed Rainbow in the Dark: The Autobiography, which Ronnie started himself before losing a battle to stomach cancer in 2010.
“Ronnie had a bunch of handwritten notes and even a few full chapters about things he wanted to talk about,” Wendy told WXHC’s Vinnie Bellardini. “We used those and added some other things in to pull it all together the way he would have wanted.”
Wendy and Ronnie’s friend — music writer Mick Hall — finished up the memoir, which just released on July 27, 2021.
Amazon described the book as:
“The long-awaited autobiography by one of heavy metal’s most revered icons, treasured vocalists, and front man for three legendary bands—Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio.”
“… looking back on the remarkable life that led him from his hometown in upstate New York to the biggest stages in the world, including the arena that represented the pinnacle of success to him—Madison Square Garden, where this book begins and ends.
“…a frank, startling, often hilarious, sometimes sad testament to dedication and ambition, filled with moving coming-of-age tales, glorious stories of excess, and candid recollections of what really happened backstage, at the hotel, in the studio, and back home behind closed doors far away from the road.”
Press play below for the interview with Wendy Dio: