Pell still powered by Dio
Axel Rudi Pell says he remains driven to create music by Ronnie James Dio, three years after the iconic frontman’s death.
The German guitar virtuoso believes the late singer’s presence is strong on 15th album Into The Storm, which features former Rainbow and Black Sabbath drummer Bobby Rondinelli.
Pell says: “There hasn’t been one day of my life when I haven’t been pushed by Ronnie’s spirit to write something mystical.”
There may have been something of Dio in the way Rondinelli was brought in after the amicable departure of long-term sticksman Mike Terrana. “Bobby hard heard a lot about me,” says Pell. “He fell in love with the songs head over heels. I didn’t have to tell him what to do – he did everything right first time.”
The former Steeler axeman, who next year celebrates the 25th anniversary of debut solo album Wild Obsession, aims to take advantage of inspiration whenever and wherever it comes his way. “My phone is almost like a mobile recording studio. It’s always busy – and this time things worked particularly well.”
The Axel Rudi Pell band will play the Garage in London on February 9 as part of a European tour. Into The Storm is released on January 20 via Steamhammer/SPV. Hear a clip from the track Long Way To Go below.
01. The Inquisitorial Procedure
02. Tower of Lies
03. Long Way To Go
04. Burning Chains
05. When Truth Hurts
06. Changing Times
07. Touching Heaven
08. High Above
09. Hey Hey My My(Neil Young)
10. Into the Storm
Digipak edition bonus tracks
11. White Cats (Opus #6 Scivolare)
12. Way to Mandalay (Ritchie Blackmore)
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