“Without pain, there can be no strength. No way to grow. No way to own your own soul. Then the rainbow… The rainbow fades to black”. – Blaze Bayley
Today marks 5 years since the passing of Ronnie James Dio, one of the most influential singers in the heavy metal genre. Dio has inspired millions with his solo band DIO, as well as RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH / HEAVEN & HELL, and others, as the list goes “on and on, on and on and on…” (Admit it, you sang that last part. )
Growing up, I was all over the place as a metal fan boy. As a little kid, my mix tapes I rocked in my old Walkman featured everything from SLAYER to STRYPER. One band that made most of my mixes was the Dio fronted BLACK SABBATH. Songs like “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”, “Die Young” and “Country Girl” jumped out at me, and spoke to me. 5 years ago today, I was sitting in the now closed (editor’s note: insane punk rock shit-hole) Basement venue in Kingston, NY with some friends when the news broke. I can only describe our reaction to the news as one collective gasp followed by several minutes of silence. Nobody knew what to say. As Obi-Wan Kenobi said in the original Star Wars film following the destruction of Alderaan, “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”
It truly felt like that, as it felt like our world may have just taken a deathstar blast as well. Once we were able to compose ourselves, and wipe away the tears, we decided that May 16th would become “Dio Night”. Break out the projector and big screen, crank up the venue speakers, and we would celebrate the life of Dio with the HEAVEN & HELL live DVD. To make things a little more official, fellow Metal Riot writer, Morgan Y. Evans, our friend Mike, and I created some Dio inspired drinks to help with the tribute to Dio, and also to help numb us to help hold back the tears. Here we are today, 5 years later, and as a gift to you all, I would like to share with you, the ingredients for the most popular drink we created that night, and my regular go-to drink for most holidays, the Rainbow In The Dark.
READ the recipe BELOW and Hail RJD!
RAINBOW IN THE DARK- (Equal parts of all ingredients) Malibu Rum Butterscotch Schnapps Black Haus Triple Sec Cranberry Juice By partaking in this drink, Metal Riot would like to remind you that we are not liable for anything bad that may happen by enjoying “too much” of this drink, however, we take full credit for all the good things that will happen as a result of this magical drink.
(editor’s 2nd note: I once did “Shots Of The Shouthern Cross” at this same now closed venue with Joey Cape from Lagwagon the night he played with Nightmares For A Week).