Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate shared his experience working with late singer Ronnie James Dio, in a recent conversation with ”The Eddie Trunk Podcast”.
Here’s what Tate said:
“I was scared to death, completely overwhelmed by it. I wasn’t until I talked with Ronnie on the phone and he invited me down. Ronnie wanted me to do it so I said ‘Absolutely,’ Ronnie was a mentor to me. He was a fantastic singer. We went to L.A., and when I showed up at the studio, it was like a circus going on.
”I have never seen so many people and all of these famous musicians… I was new to the business at that time just making the second or third record. I was so lucky. Ronnie taught me the studio and showed me where the microphone was. He got me everything I needed. He was just singing the way he does, and I’m standing on the other side of the glass and looking from there.
”All of these famous musicians are in the control room listening, and there were Neal Schon and Ted Nugent in there. The place was full of these super musicians, watching the session, listening to it. I was just shaking and intimidated. I just sat there with sunglasses all the time, and I couldn’t take them off, I was just looking through the window, listening.”