“This is another Dio track, one from his Rainbow era. It’s from the Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll album. Russell and Mike Orlando had covered it for a benefit show they did, so I suggested bringing it back for this release.
“Cozy Powell did double-bass drumming on the original, and then you had Ronnie James Dio singing and Ritchie Blackmore on guitar – what a combination! I knew that it would be a great one for the Mob.
“Actually, the whole Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll album is incredible. The Gates Of Babylon is an all-time favorite of mine. I didn’t suggest that one, though, because it’s a very keyboard-oriented song – Kill The King just seemed to fit us better. That said, The Gates Of Babylon is absolutely stunning.
“I should also mention that last year Adrenaline Mob covered Stargazer – another fantastic Rainbow track. I didn’t bring up that one because I had already recorded it in the studio several years ago with Dream Theater. Having done that, I turned my attention to Kill The King.”