One of the highlights of the new Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life, is Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor's version of "Rainbow In The Dark," from the 1983 Dio album Holy Diver. Taylor recorded the song with some friends and told us what he wanted to accomplish: "I mean, I knew I wasn't going to be able to touch Dio. I just wanted to kind of come close. It was just about having fun and getting the guys all together and being like, 'Okay, we'll do this and we'll do that,' you know, and just really try to get the spirit of the song out, you know. And it came together really, really quick."
- Taylor told MediaMikes.com that his first exposure to Dio's music was seeing the video for "Rainbow In The Dark" on MTV. He recalled, "When I saw that video it instantly became one of my favorite songs. There was just so much power and clarity in Ronnie's voice. It was like he could sing anything."
- Asked why he thinks Dio's music and vocals still appeal to people, Taylor said, "He had his own style, but I think he was able to elevate the music to another level. Ronnie's material has a natural life to it, which is something a lot of music from that same time period is missing. Not to say that some of those bands aren't great, but Ronnie had this consistency to take things to that next level and put it over."
- After a career that included stints with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own self-named band, Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer in May 2010.
- This Is Your Life came out on April 1st and also features tracks from Metallica, Halestorm, Scorpions, Motorhead, Killswitch Engage, Anthrax and more.
- Proceeds from sales of the album will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
CHECK IT OUT: Listen to Taylor's studio version of "Rainbow In The Dark":
Here he is performing the song live:
LISTENERS' POLL: Does Taylor do justice by Ronnie James Dio's classic song or not?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Joe Vaughn wrote: "If I went up to a kid with a slipknot shirt and asked him if he liked Dio. He would more than likely laugh at me or ask me who he was. But kudos for doing the tribute to Ronnie nonetheless."
Brian Kunkle wrote:"Virtuosity And Soul... two things that Corey Taylor doesn't have. Seriously dude, ever hear of pitch? Change yours once in awhile..."
Colin Campbell wrote: "Fantastic album, great cause and glad to see it doing well. I really liked Rob's take on Man On The Silver Mountain, he made it sound menacing and the energy Metallica bring to the Rainbow suite is amazing."peat off