In 2006, Dio ~distraught overlord~ swooped onto the stage on leather wings and enthralled the Visual Kei scene with their heavy sound and dark aesthetic. Now six years after their dissolution, the vampires are back in one of the scene’s most highly anticipated reunions with a handful of shows in Europe and a grand finale back home in Japan. Join us as we talk past, present and future with a band that helped shape the genre we love today.
Q. We are so excited to see you guys together again. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prayed for a Dio reunion. Is there something in particular that made you feel like this was the right time?
A. I never imagined that such a day would come. It’s a miracle. I had thought that there could be no revival of Dio.
We are a stone that keeps rolling. Nobody knows where the stone will roll.
Q.You guys have all been involved with other projects since Dio disbanded in 2010 (BLACK LINE, G.L.A.M.S., Moran, VII-Sense). How did the lessons you learned with Dio affect how you approached these new endeavors and how has what you’ve done since affected how you look at Dio?
A. All of the beginning for us is Dio. We love Dio even now. It’s not just memories. It’s a part of our body&soul.
Q. The concept of Dio Distraught Overlord is quite different from your other projects. Do you think your fans that only know you from your current projects will be surprised? Are you looking forward to showing them this other side of yourselves?
A. Yes I’m very excited. They would be surprised. Because Mikaru of G.L.A.M.S is not there. The King of devils is standing on stage. Please be careful. Mikaru of Dio has lost sanity. More