Views from the Pit: Ministry of Rock’s Tribute to Ronnie James Dio

At 11pm on a Friday night, old school heavy metal/hard rock classics drifts out of House of Rock. However, unlike the usual mix of Iron Maiden, Skid Row, Steelheart and other hard rock music, this was a special gig and a night to remember for all true Dio fans. Ministry of Rock’s tribute gig to Ronnie James Dio.

Throughout the night, a mixture of Dio, Rainbow and Black Sabbath songs were played, including Dio’s personal hits such as Holy Diver, Don’t Talk to Strangers and Rainbow in the Dark, Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell and Neon Knights, Rainbow’s Catch The Rainbow (a touching one that set the mood slightly more solemn for the night), Man on the Silver Mountain and Temple of the King just to name a few.

After a set of close to 3 hours, Ministry of Rock finally ended their tribute gig, only to be faced with a crowd who was shouting for encores. A visibly tired drummer (Radin) despite his exhaustion managed to give his all for the final song, Long Live Rock N Roll, an apt ending to the gig that was a tribute to one of the greatest figures in heavy metal history.

This was indeed a night for true Dio fans and a feast for the ears. Thank you to Ministry of Rock (Paul Danial, Jatt Ali, Anis Aris, Faizal and Radin Mohamad Rithduan) for the awesome time at House of Rock. You guys are indeed the Ministry of Rock.

Long Live Rock And Roll! m/
R.I.P. R.J.D.

©2010 Heavy Metal Tribune

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