I have to agree - Vinny is also my favorite with DIO. He has a certain swing to his playing that you just don’t get with other metal drummers. His groove on “Stand Up And Shout” is just crazy good.Vinny's work with DIO on his solo records is the stuff of legends. His playing was just so good, along with his sound. To me, his drums always sounded like they were set up right on the wood floor and had an incredible sound. His edgy chops and feel still blow my mind. That said, I love all the drummers listed above. I loved Cozy with Rainbow on those classic 70s records and I loved Bill Ward with Sabbath, especially his playing and sound on Heaven and Hell. Simon Wright is a great player in his own right (no pun), but he had the unfortunate disposition of playing with both DIO and AC/DC in their low years, so his legacy isn't what it should be. He is a fine player as well.
Ha! I saw that same show in Hartford, CT. $20 lawn seats - killer show.No question here: Vinnie - Jimmy - Vivian - Claude, that classic lineup is tremendous! The first three Dio albums, to me, are all classics (Holy Diver, Last in Line, Sacred Heart).
I only saw Dio once, in 2003, on a bill with Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Absolutely, hands down, the best metal show I've ever seen in my life.
Gary Driscoll also played on "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" which, to me, is the quintessential Ronne James Dio album.I'm old. When I think of Dio, I think of Elf. And when I think of Elf, I think of Gary Driscoll - a most incredible drummer. Very musical and muscular, with chops up the ... you know. Dynamic band, great drummer.