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Over 75,000 fans were rocked at the Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany this weekend as the late Ronnie James Dio reunited with his bandmates via hologram.
The surprise performance took place at the end of Dio Disciples' set to close the world's largest annual live heavy metal event. Dio Disciples features members of the Dio band, which last performed with Ronnie in 2008 before he passed away two years later, leaving a void in the rock community.
Eyellusion, a hologram entertainment company focused on the live music market, created the hologram and produced the groundbreaking performance. The Wacken Open Air Festival marked the debut of the Ronnie James Dio hologram, which features the singer's actual live vocals and will be toured globally in 2017, with further details to be announced.
"When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn't believe my eyes and ears," said Wendy Dio. "With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie's fans around the world to share this experience."
"We know how much the fans miss Ronnie and the special and unequaled element that he brought to his live performances," said Craig Goldy, lead guitarist for Dio Disciples. "Being able to recreate that same kind of magic for his fans at Wacken was incredible. For so many years Ronnie always invested big in his live shows as his way to give back to the fans, and that is exactly what we aimed to do with this latest performance. We can't wait to bring this experience to even more of his fans and perhaps even a newer generation when we bring this incredible live experience on the road next year." More...
Ronnie James Dio's sinister howl and wicked songcraft bewitched hard rock fans in the seventies and eighties during his memorable stints with Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath. In 1983, the singer formed his own band, launching a successful solo career that led to 10 studio albums and sales of more than 10 million records around the world.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Rhino would release a new boxed set, "A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993," that brings together Dio's first six studio albums - each one featuring newly remastered sound. It includes: "Holy Diver" (1983), "The Last In Line" (1984), "Sacred Heart" (1985), "Dream Evil" (1987), "Lock Up The Wolves," (1990) and "Strange Highways" (1993).
The CD set will hit stores on July 22nd, 2016 for a list price of $34.98. The vinyl incarnation of the set will be available on October 4, 2016 for $99.98, and comes with a bonus 7" single.
On the first side is the 1983 version of "Evil Eyes," which was originally released as the b-side on the "Holy Diver" single. In addition, this version is different from the one featured on the 1984 album "The Last In Line.| The flip side features "Time To Burn," which was the only studio track featured on the otherwise live release, Intermission (1986).
Although Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, his towering voice and legacy live on. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease. More...
Actor Emilio Rivera (Marcus Alvarez on the "Sons of Anarchy" television series) will lead the 2nd Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016.
Following Rivera at the front of this year's Ride will be a VIP pack comprising of "Sons of Anarchy" actors Michael Beach (Taddarius Orwell 'T.O.' Cross) and Sean McNabb (Tacoma-VP) as well as Wendy Dio, Ronnie James Dio's widow and co-founder-president of the Dio Cancer Fund, rocker Lita Ford, who will also perform at the concert following the Ride, Frank Kramer of KLOS Radio's popular "Heidi and Frank" morning show, and "Boston" Tom Foresteire.
Forestiere will ride the one-of-a-kind "Holy Diver" Harley-Davidson motorcycle he won at the recent Street Party that launched this year's Ride. It is custom-painted with the illustration from the cover of Ronnie James Dio's iconic "Holy Diver" album.
Riders will assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11AM. The Ride will take them through the streets of Los Angeles County to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to an afternoon of live music, raffle and live auction, various food and merchandise vendors and more.
The "Sons of Anarchy" cast members will also participate in a Meet & Greet at Los Encinos Park during the afternoon events. More...
The 2nd annual Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and concert (benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund) will take place on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016.
Riders will assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11 AM. The ride will take them through the streets of Los Angeles County to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to an afternoon of live music, raffle and auction, food trucks and more.
Harley Davidson of Glendale, CA will be the site of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Street Party, taking place on Saturday, March 5th from 2:00 - 5:00PM.
The event will include a special raffle drawing to win the one-of-a-kind, custom-painted "Holy Diver" Harley Motorcycle. This FREE event will be open to the public and include live entertainment by Dio Disciples, Gabbie Rae, Budderside, Ernie Star, and The Loveless, plus food truck eats by Slammin' Sliders and King Kone Ice Cream.
Attendees will have the opportunity to pre-register for the 2nd Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride & Concert, which will be held on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016.
A celebrity guest will pull the winning raffle ticket for a one-of-a-kind "Holy Diver" Harley motorcycle. This 2015 FXDB "Street Bob" model Harley is custom-painted with the illustration that graced the cover of Ronnie James Dio's iconic "Holy Diver" album.
A total of 666 tickets are available at $50 each or 3 for $100 and will continue to be sold online until the day prior to the March 5th event, and in person up to the time scheduled for the drawing. 100% of the proceeds from the sale go directly to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. More...
The veteran rock and metal bass player Jimmy Bain, best known for his work with Dio and Rainbow, as well as Thin Lizzy, has passed away at the age of 68 according to his friends. He was most recently involved in the band, Last In Line, which featured fellow Dio alumni Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice, who will release their debut album, "Heavy Crown" on February 20th.
Bain was born in Newtonmore, Scotland and made his presence known first with Rainbow, with whom he recorded the album "Rising" and the live releases, "On Stage" and "Live in Germany," before joining Thin Lizzy, performing on the "Black Rose: A Rock Legend" record, as well as contributing significantly to Thin Lizzy mastermind Phil Lynott's solo material. After working with Gary Moore and forming his own band, Wild Horses, he joined forces with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio to help form the singer's eponymous band, and remained a member throughout the eighties, rejoining at the beginning of the millenium to record the albums, "Magica" and "Killing the Dragon." More...
Clutch singer Neil Fallon, ex-Black Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice, Fu Manchu bass player Brad Davis and The Company Band guitarist Dave Bone form a new supergroup dubbed Dunsmuir.
Metal Allegiance premieres another new music video for the band's cover of Dio's “We Rock“, taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which is out now in stores via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The supergroup's core musicians include Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Testament‘s Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs/ex-Dream Theater.
Joining them on "We Rock" are Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Chuck Billy (Testament), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus) with additional lead guitars.
Check it out now below.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund presented a wonderful weekend of events from May 15th - 17th in Los Angeles, dubbed the Ronnie James Dio’s 5th Year Remembrance weekend.
The events included a Bowl For Ronnie celebrity bowling tournament and red carpet, a public memorial service celebration with performances and speeches, and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ.
Designed to raise funds for cancer research and education, the weekend’s events and auctions brought in over $155,000 to go directly to these causes. Auctions included bowling pins autographed by artists such as Tenacious D, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Anthrax and Metallica, a Dio guitar signed by artists in attendance to the bowling event (this guitar fetched a generous $6,100), a signed book of photography by PG Brunelli ($2,000 raised), and more.
The overlying theme of the weekend wasn’t just celebration, but in addition, learning how to prevent and detect cancer – early. The Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund cites early detection as a way that Ronnie could still be with us today, and many of the funds garnered from these events will go towards this type of education.
“Detecting cancer early saves lives and it gives doctors a better chance to cure cancer,” states Ronnie’s doctor Sandy Kapoor, MD. “We support research that develops new cancer screening tests and finds new targeted treatments that are more effective at treating cancer. I enjoyed manning the Check Yourself booth during the events this weekend that educated the fans about protecting against the ravages of skin cancer.” More...
Csaba Zvekan of Exorcism has released a tribute video singing his version of “Heaven And Hell” in memory of the legendary Ronnie James Dio, who passed away five years ago.
The song will be included in the upcoming Exorcism live set and the video can be viewed below. Csaba comments: “A tribute song for one of the greatest singers, if not THE best. Certainly a strong influence in my work for Exorcism. Ronnie James Dio your music lives on and on and on … it’s heaven and hell." More...
The 43rd episode of the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast opens up with "Pull The Trigger" by Portland band of the week Never Awake. This week co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead), Ollie Hynes (Diamond Oz) & Dustin Beaudrey ("F.A.N.") embark on a dark and gloomy discussion on the subject of metal icons' mortality and how illness and lifestyle can deeply affect the metal community along with their own legacies. Concluding with Kevin announcing more local concert ticket giveaways while Never Awake's "The Will To Live" plays us out.
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The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer's untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16th, 2010.
The weekend will include a public memorial service, as well as a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural "Ride For Ronnie" motorcycle ride and BBQ.
A free public memorial service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16th to mark the 5th anniversary of Ronnie's passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career are expected to speak and perform his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number, and the number of seats to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The weekend will kick off on Friday, May 15th with a Celebrity Rock 'n Bowl tournament at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City. It will be a fun evening of bowling, entertainment and a silent auction, which will include bowling pins autographed by Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Anthrax, Metallica and many others.
All events lead up to the inaugural "Ride For Ronnie" motorcycle ride and BBQ on Sunday, May 17th. Riders will depart from Harley-Davidson of Glendale and ride to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to food, live music, raffle/silent auction and more. Fans who don't ride are welcome to attend just the BBQ.
A privately funded 501c3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised close to $1 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.
The acoustic album "Falling Home" by Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation is out now via Inside Out Music in Europe (North America will get its edition on January 13th, 2015).
In order to celebrate the album's street date, another song off "Falling Home" has now been launched online. Check out the unique acoustic cover version of Dio's classic "Holy Diver" track below, thanks to Metal Hammer. Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw checked in to comment about this special song as follows:
"A few years back we were asked to play in a local metal event where every band got three songs from a particular artist. We got Dio on our plate, and decided to make a very special rendition of 'Holy Diver'. It stayed with us over the years, and we are thrilled finally to be able to present it on recording. We just wish Ronnie could still be around to hear it.
"I spent a few months last year listening to Tony Bennett and was deeply impressed with his timing and balance of expressiveness and subtlety. So when we did this odd rendition of 'Holy Diver' it presented me with the perfect opportunity to play around with those vibes. Our fans might think this vocal style is new for me, but my family knows better - they've heard me singing like this in the car for many years now. Really, people who think I'm using my voice in an extremely versatile way in Pain of Salvation should sit in the backseat of my car a few times. That's where the shit happens, hahaha.
"PS: Luckily, my kids have still not come to the age when they get embarrassed and tell their daddy to please shut up with the singing in the car." More...
This week's Rocksmith 2014 DLC pack includes five arena rock singles.
Learn to play “Holy Diver” by Dio, “Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph, “Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison, “Seventeen” by Winger, and “The Stroke” by Billy Squier.
The downloadable content is available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.
“Holy Diver” by Dio – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Turn Up The Radio” by Autograph – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison – Eb Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Seventeen” by Winger – Eb Standard - Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“The Stroke” by Billy Squier – E Standard – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
Author Ian Carroll has launched a crowd funding campaign to release a book about the many bands he has interviewed at the Download festival.
Full details on the campaign and perks for contributing can be found at Kickstarter here. Carroll comments:
"In 2005 I started to write the book of the Donington & Download Festival (including Monsters Of Rock at Milton Keynes).
"I was coming to the end of completing the Official Book of the Reading Festival and saw Donington as the second release in my 'Festival Series' of books, covering my favourite festivals that I attend every year - Donington/Download Festival is the longest running rock festival in the UK, covering all genres from rock to classic rock, Emo to Screamo, Punk to Hardcore, Black Metal to Death Metal and every style in between, plus in the last 5 years the addition of drum & bass and dance - the festival that caters for all.
"I have traveled the length and breadth of England interviewing bands and artists for the book and have had some great times in amongst the hard work. I've also had many phone interviews from Metallica to Testament, Lordi to Staind, Alice Cooper to Queensrÿche and also what was possibly one of the legend Ronnie James Dio's last interviews, prior to cancelling his final UK tour." More...
Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.
To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.
"This Is Your Life" will be available from Rhino on April 1st, 2014. The track listing is as follows:
1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio
* Previously unreleased More...
Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell (who has also previously been a member of Sweet Savage and Dio) has announced through the official Def Leppard website that he is currently two months into chemotherapy treatment, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Despite the treatment Campbell has promised that he will still be performing with the band this Summer. The post from Campbell reads as follows:
“I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit’. Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe – hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn’t make it to rehearsal that day, but it’s okay; I know the songs by now.
"My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and 6 months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I’m about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie’s is the one to have! More...
Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.
Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"
Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."
The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...
There is absolutely no question about it, if you want to go to a metal festival, go to a European one. Wacken Open Air and Download might well be the most famous, with the Sonisphere events gaining plenty of exposure too, but for my money, it just doesn't get any better than Graspop Metal Meeting, which takes place in a small town in Belgium called Dessel. This would be my third time attending the event, and more likely than not, it won't be the last.
The festival kicked off on Friday the 24th with a rather unusual choice of band, namely FM. The band features two former members of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band, Samson but their style is much more album orientated rock than metal. Nevertheless, they proved to be a good way to start the festivities, opening with the song, "Wildside." As it was only half past eleven in the morning and the majority of the crowd had been up all night drinking and shouting, "TIMMY!" it took the audience a little while to get into the mood. In any case, they were still very appreciative of FM and perhaps the biggest response came when the band performed a cover of "Heard It Through The Grapevine," a song made famous by soul legend Marvin Gaye. Maybe it would have been better to start with something a little heavier, but either way, FM put in a solid performance and were warmly received.
After deciding to skip the first bands on the Marquees, we hung around the main stage to wait for the next band, Dio Disciples. I've always liked "Ripper" Owens and felt that he doesn't get the credit he deserves so the prospect of him singing Dio songs this afternoon seemed quite interesting. "Interesting" didn't quite cover Dio Disciples though, as when they took the stage, they instantly proved themselves to be an outstanding way to remember Ronnie James Dio. Owens was in top form for the performance, which opened with "Stand Up And Shout" before leading into the classic, "Holy Diver." Owens isn't the only vocalist in the band either, as he is joined by Little Angels singer Toby Jepson, who was just as impressive as Owens and whose voice was absolutely magnifficent. The group frequently got the crowd to cheer as loud as they could whenever Dio's name was mentioned and most importantly, they seemed to be genuine about what they were doing. Make no mistake, Dio Disciples are not a cash in, they are one of the most heartfelt tributes to anything you will ever see. If Dio could see his music living on like this, with two amazing vocalists leading the charge, he would be proud. More...
There are some individuals in their field of music that are so important, they seem like they'll live forever. In many ways these legends do, as people will continue to listen to their music for years to come, but the lack of their physical presence on Earth can always be felt. Jazz lost a king when Miles Davis passed away in 1991, hip-hop lost one of it's most respected artists five years later when Tupac Shakur was murdered and heavy metal suffered from one, if not it's greatest loss this time last year, when Ronnie James Dio succumbed to stomach cancer.
The importance of this heavy metal titan who stood only at 5' 4" can never be exaggerated. this is the man who is credited with introducing the "heavy metal horns" hand gesture, which is used worldwide to this day by metal fans signaling their love of music, their approval or simply to acknowledge each other. As a singer, he was an influence to countless heavy metal vocalists and even at the age of sixty seven, he was still being credited as one of the best in the business, a title backed up by his winning of the Best Metal Vocalist Award at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Perhaps most importantly though, Ronnie James Dio was known for being one of the true gentleman of heavy metal. Unlike a number of other rockers, Dio wasn't known off the stage for excessive partying, violent encounters or a gargantuan ego, he was known for his honest love and respect for his fans and his undeniable intelligence and philosophic nature. More...