DIO at IJsselhal, Zwolle, The Netherlands – 3rd of May 1986
The former super group around singer Ronnie James Dio had his first line-up change and guitarist Craig Goldy (ex-Giuffria) was introduced to the fans as the replacement for Vivian Campbell, who was fired during the middle of the tour to support the release of the “Sacred Heart” album.
The accompanying stage show was a spectacle involving a mechanised dragon and laser effects and was during that period ahead of its time.
The three-song rule was something that we as concert photographers had to suffer or deal with. So this meant basically: “the first three songs only – no flash!!!”
So Dio and many other headline acts had adopted this rule which was originally implemented by Bruce Springsteen during the mid-80-ies.
There were only two remedies in the analogue days possible for this. The first thing you had to do was to crank up your standard film speed of 400 ASA up to 800 ASA. Second you had to pray that the lighting engineer would show some mercy and was not using the reddish colour based patterns which caused the blurry effects on the pictures.
And the most important thing to remember was this! You only had three songs to get your shots and that was it……Exit photo booth front stage.