Singer Tim Aymar (CONTROL DENIED, PHARAOH), bassist Rev Jones (STEELHEART, MOUNTAIN, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP), guitarists Ken Erb (SHOK PARIS) and Jim Dofka (DOFKA) and drummer Sik Nik, along with special guest violinist April Childers have covered RAINBOW's classic 'The Gates Of Babylon', taken from their last album to feature Ronnie James Dio in 1978, Long Live Rock 'n' Roll.
Jim Dofka comments:
"Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio are icons of rock n' roll, heavy metal, guitar, vocals, performers and songwriters! They fall in that 'one in a million' category!
For years, I have wanted to cover the Rainbow song 'The Gates Of Babylon'. When I finally took the step to cut the track, my band DOFKA, was on hiatus. I reached out to some of my Metal friends and ended up with an amazing group of individuals! And all are Rainbow/Dio fans!! Bass extraordinaire Rev Jones and I have been talking about doing a project for quite sometime. I was very excited to have him aboard. Tim Aymar and I played in Psycho Scream together. We used to cover Mob Rules and Country Girl in our live show. Tim was an obvious choice to share the Dio worship! I have been a fan of Ken Erb's guitar playing since I first heard Shok Paris in the late '80's. Dofka and Shok Paris did a show together in Cleveland a year or so ago. He was the final link! I was lucky enough to have a guest appearance by April Childers on Violin. April and I teach together at JK Musician's Workshop in Pennsylvania.
I really hope you enjoy the track! It's one of my favorite Rainbow songs! Long live Ronnie James Dio and long live rock n' roll!"