A career-spanning documentary on the life and times of Ronnie James Dio will be premiering on Showtime and the Showtime app next month.
The film, titled Dio: Dreamers Never Die, is executive produced by Dio’s widow and longtime manager, Wendy Dio, and has been authorized by his estate.
The documentary premieres on December 1st.
Wendy spoke with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio about her first time seeing the film and said, “When they put the film together and we had a private screening for me, it was my first chance to see all the little bits put together, and it was very bittersweet. I broke down and cried. And it was just exactly how I wanted Ronnie to be portrayed. They had done such a magnificent job. And that was just really, really — after all the hard work we all put into it, it was, like, ‘Woah.’ I think the fans are absolutely gonna love it.”
On her late husband’s legacy, she added, “I just think that Ronnie was always overlooked during the time that he was alive. And after his passing, I just felt that his music was something that he wrote for the fans, he performed for the fans. He loved his fans and that should continue on and carry on. That’s one of the reasons why we did the documentary, was so that people could understand him, understand his life and where he came from and the trials and tribulations he had. He wasn’t an overnight success. He paid his dues, for sure. And also to get his message out there. Ronnie’s message was always, like, follow your heart, follow your dreams and don’t give up.”