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Craig Goldy (born November 6, 1961) is an American guitarist, most notably of the band Dio. Goldy was born in San Diego, California. Before Dio, he played in the bands Vengeance, Rough Cutt, and Giuffria. He replaced Jake E. Lee in Rough Cutt and was himself replaced by Amir Derakh. While with Rough Cutt, Goldy played on demos produced by Ronnie James Dio.

Interview With Craig Goldy

September 16, 2014 

By Londa R. Marks | Metal Music Interviews

Published By Rock Legend News, Firenze, Italy  

Rock Legend News: What has been your approach to music Craig?

Craig Goldy: My approach to music is that of a fan first and foremost….I’m a fan… I still have that excitement inside for this type of music… when it comes to writing and recording, I try to come up with something that I would be excited about as a fan myself…..when it comes to performing….I like to try and “sound” like the album versions both  with the rhythms and solo-wise as much as possible….firstly, out of respect for the original creator….and then….most anyone can do most anything in the studio, with over-dubs and second and third chances to get it right…..but not in a live situation… I try to give a “CD” quality performance to the fans that are expecting to hear what was originally played and created for on the CD of the songs we play live…..and then add a little me to it.

Over-all, my approach to music, is trying to come up with something new and unexpected! With the band I am starting now on my own, my approach is going to be, writing music that is fresh enough to be considered unique, yet familiar enough to get a warm welcome on the first listen. There will be some twists and turns that will be unexpected and with the highest quality of musicianship that my band and I can both create, record and perform. I will be doing this, while trying to use all that I have learned over the many years of working side by side with Mr. Ronnie James Dio……in such a way….that I can only hope would’ve made him proud.


Rock Legend News: As well as playing with Dio, you are known for having played with Rough Cutt and Giuffria. Will you tell us some of your memories with them?

Craig Goldy: Rough Cutt was actually the time that I first met Ronnie. I had heard from one of the band members the night before the audition for Rough Cutt, that Ronnie wanted to meet me, and that he would be there for the audition. Meet me…..ha!! I wanted to meet him!! He was inspired by my audition and asked to sit in on the rest of it with me and the guys, we did “Man on the Silver Mountain” and “Heaven and Hell” together! Then he asked me to play 

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