Matt Heafy, guitarist-vocalist of the metal band Trivium, reveals an interesting detail in a recent interview with Metal Wani. Heafy talks about his conversation with Iron Maiden legend Bruce Dickinson and his subsequent meeting with the late great singer Ronnie James Dio.
“We were interviewed on Bruce Dickinson’s radio show in 2006, [when we were promoting´’The Crusade’. And I remember I was, like, ‘I’ve gotta talk to this guy about vocals. I asked him all these questions about vocals, and what he told me in the end was, like, ‘I believe someday your voice will develop to be something like Ronnie James Dio.’ That’s what Bruce Dickinson said to me. I was, like, ‘Thanks, man.’ It stuck with me forever”
Heafy ended up sharing Dickinson’s comment with Ronnie James Dio himself in 2007 when Trivium opened for Heaven & Hell.
“I told Dio that same story. I said, ‘Bruce Dickinson said someday I’d have a voice like you.’ Ronnie James Dio laughs, smiles and he goes, ‘You know, Bruce finally admitted I’m one of his heroes.’ And that was kind of the end of that. And we shared a glass of wine together. And that was just a very trippy night.”