Wendy Dio, the widow and manager of the late Ronnie James Dio, recently spoke to Argentinian journalist Lucas Gordon about the upcoming documentary on the late singer’s life.
The documentary is the first to be fully authorized by Dio’s estate. BMG is both financier and executive producer of the film.
“It’s coming out [later this] year,” she said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “I [recently] saw the first cut of it. It was very emotional. It’s very different from [Dio’s autobiography]. ‘Cause the book finishes in 1986, with Ronnie playing Madison Square Garden. But the documentary goes all the way through his life till the end. And it was very emotional. I was watching it with my publicist and a person from BMG, who are funding the documentary. And we all cried. It was very emotional. But it’s really interesting and really good. Rob Halford is great in it, talking about stories. Lita Ford [and] Jack Black [are also in it]. Eddie Trunk [SiriusXM radio personality] and Mick Wall [author of Dio’s autobiography] both kind of narrated it and everything. I’m very pleased with it. I don’t know exactly when it’s gonna come out [this] year, but it’ll be out [this] year.”
Last August, Wendy told “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about the documentary, saying: “There’s a bunch of stuff from [old] Super 8 [tapes] and some other stuff. There’s fantastic interviews with all kinds of different people about when they were working with Ronnie or what they were doing at the time, maybe supporting Ronnie. It’s totally different to the [recently released Dio] book. And I’m very interested to see this cut. I’m excited, actually, to see it. And I think it’s gonna be great.”
Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. He was 67 years old.