I recently ran into Eddie Trunk at a festival and we talked about the great Ronnie James Dio. When asked for a story, Eddie told me about his time with Ronnie at a castle in Birmingham, England. Click player above to hear the entire chat.

“When he first reunited with Sabbath for Heaven and Hell which was ’06. I went to England to shoot a TV special with him for VH1 classic. We arrived at the hotel at the same time.

Anybody that knows traveling to England, because of the time difference, the best thing you thing you can do is not go to sleep when you get there. Even if it is in the middle of the day. Even though you are dead tired. You need to try to adjust to the time difference.

I arrived at hotel at the same time as Ronnie and I was dead, dead tired. I was walking in, checking in right at the same time as him and it was like noon. I didn’t even see him coming up behind me and he yelled down the hall. He used to always call me “kid”. “Where you going kid, where you going?”. I go ‘Ronnie I gotta sleep for a couple hours’. He was like ‘no way, no way… you meet me at the pub and we are going to have some drinks, you gotta stay up’. Who’s going to say no to Ronnie? I said ‘o.k. I’ll see you for one’. We must have stayed down there for eight hours and drank and ate and shared stories. Had the time of our lives. It was in an old castle in Birmingham, where we were staying. It’s one of my fondest memories.

I’m a big fan of the band U.F.O. and they were playing there that night. He was busting my balls about not making it to go see them because I couldn’t get there. What people may not know about Ronnie was he was an incredible ball buster.”

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