Steven Tyler’s vocals on Aerosmith’s classic song “Dream On” are legendary. Few singers would have the nerve, much less the chops, to recreate “Dream On” in their own style and satisfy fans of the original. It is equally rare to have a vocal performance that is so memorable that it outshines Yngwie Malmsteen’s signature arpeggio shredding. Ronnie James Dio is that rare breed of singer.
The iconic vocalist, who passed away on 5/16/10, wrote numerous songs about dreams, so it should come as no surprise that he chose to cover “Dream On.” His vocals on the song are nothing short of brilliant, but his impressive delivery goes beyond hitting the notes that would challenge most singers. Dio captures the emotion of the song so passionately that you forget that the lyrics are not about his life.
When a young Steven Tyler sang “dream on, dream until your dreams come true,” the message delivered was one of hope and inspiration. Sadly, listening to Dio sing “the past is gone, it went by like dusk to dawn” on the anniversary of his passing yesterday, served as a stark reminder that life is short and it goes by faster than most of us care to admit.
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