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Rowan Robertson Says Unreleased Dio Tracks Will Remain In Archives


Rowan RobertsonRowan Robertson, who is currently rockin’ with the Los Angeles band DC4, was also known as the guitarist for a heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio on the album Lock Up The Wolves. He joined Armored Saint/Odin Guitarist, Jeff Duncan, along with brothers, Shawn Duncan (Odin), and Matt Duncan to form the band DC4 in late 2006. Rowan has been actively writing, recording, and touring with DC4 ever since.

RockStar Weekly had a chance to chat with the guitarist about DC4, Rock Band and the late great Ronnie James Dio. We had to ask if there was any chance we might get to hear some of the unreleased songs he was working on with Dio before Ronnie returned to Black Sabbath in 1991. He said there are Dio songs and recordings that exist, but they will remain unreleased and in his archive.

It’s been a couple years since the first DC4 album. I hear you’re at work on a new one?

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Will it be similar to the first one or will there be some differences?

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How did you guys hook up with Bill to produce the record?

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I saw your post that Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed came to the studio and laid down some tracks. How do you know him?

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When are you expecting the album to be released.

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Will this be released by you guys again like the first one initially was or is there a label involved?

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I hear you guys are hooking up with the Rock Band video game?

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Have you had a chance to play the game with your song?

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You guys have been in some pretty cool bands, so how did DC4 get together and what makes the band special for you guys?

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How does it feel being the non-relative in the band?

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We lost a metal legend. What do you remember from your days with Ronnie James Dio?

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This question both can answer: What was your reaction when you heard Ronnie was gone?

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Did you write and/or record some stuff with Dio that might have been shelved. Any chances that may surface at any time?

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That would be a keepsake for you then.

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That’s amazing, because you hear of some artists that write 20 songs but only choose the best 5 of them.

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You made an instructional video a while back. Any chances we might get an update to that?

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What is it about teaching that you really enjoy?

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What else are you working on?

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You said that you wanted to get back into writing, do you do a lot of writing and does it come naturally to you?

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