Jorn Lande: Why Dio Tribute Album Came Out Now
Jorn Lande has reacted to criticism that his Ronnie James Dio tribute album has only been released now to cash in on the great singer’s recent death.
Talking exclusively to Classic Rock about the album (titled Dio), the Norwegian singer has said of these comments:
“It is a very sensitive matter. When Ronnie passed away so suddenly, It was decided that it would be worse to delay the release of the album by a few months rather than proceeding with the release as planned. By releasing the album as planned, it would be obvious that we didn’t run into the studio to benefit from the situation, since it’s not possible to make a good quality album in such a short period of time.
“Parts of the album were recorded last year, and some of the songs were recorded in October/November 2008. Song For Ronnie James (which opens the record) was written in 2009 and recorded this winter. There are also a couple of tracks that were done in 2006/2007.”
Lande also revealed how he chose those songs he’s covered on the album.
“I picked most songs based on what I liked, and not based on which ones were the most popular ones. I also thought that the original versions of songs like The Last In Line, Holy Diver and Rainbow In The Dark were too obvious to record, plus the fact that the original versions of these songs sound so good that I believed theycan’t be done any better.
“I always favoured the darker and heavier side of Ronnie’s work, plus the more uptempo classic hard rock/metal songs. Shame On The Night is an epic dark masterpiece that many people have forgotten, and Push is a great song to remind us of the later Dio era. Stand Up And Shout is a personal favourite and the ultimate metal song.”
Lande will be one of two singers – the other being Glenn Hughes – who’ll be performing with Heaven & Hell at High Voltage, when they do a special, one-off tribute set to Dio. They’ll be on the main stage on July 24. For Lande it’s a chance to pay homage to one of his heroes.
“I discovered Ronnie James Dio when he was in Rainbow in the mid-70s, and I played songs like Gates Of Babylon, Stargazer, Sixteenth Century Greensleeves, Man On The Silver Mountain, Starstruck or Lady Of The Lake over and over again.
“It was the power, feeling and drama in Ronnie’s performance that captured my attention. The impact he had on me when I was just a young boy was huge, and his royal roar made the hairs rise on the back of my neck.”
Find out more about Heaven & Hell’s special set at High Voltage at www.highvoltagefestival.co.uk
Find out more about Jorn Lande at: www.jornlande.com