Artisan News Service conducted an interview (see video below) with legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) on the "black carpet" of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which took place last Thursday, April 8 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.
When asked about how he he been feeling since he was disagnosed with stomach cancer late last year, Dio said, "Well, I feel good and bad at times. It's a long process. Chemotherapy is a... I never realized what a difficult thing it was to go through. It's a real cumulative effect — the more you have, the more it piles up on top and it takes longer and longer to get over it. I find it very difficult to eat. I don't like to eat anyway, so I guess that's OK. But I know I have to. But this makes it very, very hard. But if you're determined to beat it. then you have to go with what you believe is going to beat it for you, and in this case it's that. I go to a great hospital in Houston called M.D. Anderson, which I think is the best hospital in the world, I have the best doctor in the world, Dr. Ajani, who I really trust and I really believe in, so I think I've done all the right things. It makes me feel positive about my life and positive that there is a lot more of it to live."
HEAVEN & HELL guitarist, Tony Iommi, underwent stem-cell treatment last year on an injured hand. Meanwhile, the band's drummer, Vinny Appice, had surgery on his right shoulder on November 30, 2009 for an injury sustained during the band's last tour.
HEAVEN & HELL's debut album, "The Devil You Know", entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8 with first-week sales of 30,000 units.
In a recent online posting, Ronnie James Dio's wife/manager Wendy Dio revealed that there are plans to release a 30th-anniversary BLACK SABBATH "Heaven And Hell" DVD sometime this year. The package is expected to include brand new interviews that Ronnie, Geezer and Appice gave to Eddie Trunk — co-host of the VH1 Classic television program "That Metal Show" — on January 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, as well other extras.
Watch a video interview with Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager Wendy Dio below (courtesy of KIAH-TV).