Friday, November 27, 2009
One From The Archives: 11/27/00 Dio/ Yngwie Malmsteen/ Doro Pesch @ The Quest, Minneapolis, MN
(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)
Another night of total metal mayhem in Minneapolis. We arrived a bit late due to heavy traffic and when we fianlly made it to the Quest, Doro was already on stage doing her thing. She lives for her music, that much is obvious from her performance.
Of course, we were excited to see Dio again, but I was most interested to finally see Guitar-God Yngwie Malmsteen after waiting nearly 15 years to do so. He was incredible - he's one of the best in the world and he makes it look so easy...like he could be cooking breakfast and doing his taxes while playing his amazing brand of classical-inspired music. I just stood there with my jaw hanging open throughout his entire set. I've never seen him since and would love to get the chance again, but he rarely comes to Minneapolis when he tours the United States.
After a short set change-over, Dio and his band took the stage and played for a little over an hour. He then announced they were gonna take a short break and they'd be back for more. He turned around to leave the stage and was met by someone from the Quest who leaned over to talk to him - then he turned back around, stepped back up to the microphone and announced that they would NOT be returning to the stage...he said, "I guess we're done. Thanks and goodnight." And he and the band left the stage, looking confused and pissed off, leaving us to wonder why the set was cut so short. We found out a few minutes later when the guy from the Quest stepped on stage and announced that they were clearing the place - everyone had to leave - but if you wanted to come back in for "Hip-Hop Dance-a-Thon" or whatever they were calling the unannounced after-concert show - you could pay admission again and come back in to hang with the hip-hoppers and club-kids and some DJ's and their record players and get your groove on. OOOhhh...I get it...that's why the show started at 5:00pm - an unusually early hour for a metal show to get underway...and we left the club disgusted, thinking, "what a bunch of shit." It was a sudden, disappointing end to what had been, up to that point, a very excellent evening of great music.
And if you haven't heard the news yet, it was reported on November 25th, 2009 by Weny Dio, Ronnie's long-time wife and manager, that the 67 year-old legendary metal vocalist has been diagnosed with early-stage stomach cancer and will begin treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. Our best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery go out to Mr. Dio.