La Locomotive - Paris, France
May 17, 2000
DIO concert was outstanding!
DIO is a great band and I was surprised that
they were playing at La Locomotive, which is quite a small venue.
didn’t have the success it used to have during the 80’s, but this was no
problem for Ronnie James Dio: he wansn't not the kind of “rock star” to play only in
He was the kind of musician capable of delivering unbelievable
concerts in stadiums, as a festival headliner or in a small venue.
concert was in support of the album Magica, which I have to admit, it’s not my
But I didn’t really care about this, I was only so excited to see
Dio for the first time on stage!
had a very good sound as well as a captivating lightshow.
No backdrop, no pyro, tonight it
was all bout music… and very good music!
Dio started the show with a wonderful
version of Sunset Superman.
From the beginning, Ronnie’s voice and presence
gave the place a magic atmosphere that lasted during the whole show.
wasn't Jimmy Bain as on the Magica album, but Chuck Garric, who would later become Alice Cooper's bassist. He did a great job, that guy is pure rock'n'roll.
AC/DC rhythm machine Simon Wright was hitting the drums tonight. He was very
precise and gave all the swing.
guitars, Craig Goldy was back, giving the band a classic and powerful rock
Dio has so
many classic songs, so of course they couldn’t play them all.
We had a quite
rare classic (Invisible), no Black Sabbath songs, and a couple of
Rainbow tunes to end the show.
of the show was dedicated to Magica, Dio’s latest record at the time, and also
his only concept album.
They played a medley comprising most of the songs of the album.
never heard this medley again, but I found it was a great way to combine the
latest songs with Dio’s classic carrier.
wasn’t sold out, and that’s something I can’t understand!
Specially when you
know that Dio was already a living legend and that the ticket was very cheap
(70 French Francs, roughly 15$... can you find nowadays many concerts for these prices?).
prevent the band to make a great concert and to give the best to his audience!
As a funny
anecdote, Pantera were playing in Paris the next day.
I was on the pit when a
drunk man with a confederate bandana pushed me… when I looked at him I realized
that it was Dimebag Darrel!
That’s how I had the chance to meet him, as well as
today it makes me sad to think that Dimebag are Ronnie Dio are not among us
anymore… But I know how lucky am I to have spent an evening with these metal
Now a sad coincidence: This concert took place on
May 17 2000… 10 years later on May 16 2010 Ronnie James Dio left this world, to
be the king of the magic lands he sang about!
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Setlist Dio – Locomotive, Paris, France – May 17, 2000
in the city
fools sailed away
Magica Theme / Lord Of The Last Days / Fever
Dreams / Fead My Head / Eriel / Challis / As Long As It's Not About Love /Losing My
Insanity / Otherworld / Magica Reprise
The last in
Man on the
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Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
Craig Goldy – Guitars
Chuck Garric – Bass
Scott Warren – Keyboards
Simon Wright – Drums