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Formed: 1982
From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Dio News

Below is our complete Dio news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Evilheart Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

Mexican black/death metal band Evilheart have been confirmed for the first-ever Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The complete lineup for the festival so far is as follows:

Main Stage:

Twisted Sister
Dio
Dokken
Quiet Riot
Shaman
Hatebreed
Cage

Second Stage:

Evilheart
Algarond
Stentor
Argos
Skeptic Universe

The Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. 1 will be the largest heavy metal festival ever to be held in Mexico. The outdoor Coca Cola Auditorium has a capacity for over 20,000 persons.

The festival promoters, Day Dream Productions and Dark Vission Entertainment, plan on making the Monterrey Metal Fest an annual event.

To visit the Monterrey Metal Fest web site, click here. More information about Evilheart is available at this location.

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Cage Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

San Diego, California heavy metal band Cage have been confirmed on the line-up of the 1st ever Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. I, to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The festival line-up is made up of the following internationally recognized bands: Twisted Sister, Dio, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Shaman, Hatebreed and Cage.

The Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. I will be the largest heavy metal festival ever to be held in Mexico. The outdoor Coca Cola Auditorium has a capacity for over 20,000 persons.

The festival promoters Day Dream Productions and Dark Vission Entertainment plan on making the Monterrey Metal Fest an annual event. Visit the Monterrey Metal Fest (Vol . I) website.

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Bang Your Head Line-Up Revealed

The band-lineup of next year's installment of Bang Your Head is gaining shape: former Skid Row-vocalist Sebastian Bach was confirmed to play at the event set to take place in Germany at the Messegelände of Balingen on the 24th and 25th of June. Bach played this year's Bang Your Head as well: He was hired as substitute for White Lion as the reunion of the latter failed last minute. Bach turned out to the huge surprise act of the festival ans delivered an frenetically acclaimed live set with an high-energy performance of many Skid Row-classics.

Bang Your Head 2005 will be the 10th Bang Your Head in a row and is therefore themed "The Best of Ten Years." To celebrate this anniversary, the festival's organizers invited the most popular acts of all former events, among them prominent names like Twisted Sister and Motorhead. Alongside 22 acts that have rocked the festival's stage before, another well-known very special guest will be invited.

The list of artists set to perform at the Bang Your Head festival 2005 at Balingen, Germany, 24th/25th of June:

Twisted Sister
Motorhead
Dio
Saxon
Doro
Sebastian Bach
Gamma Ray
Nevermore
Krokus

Axel Rudi Pell
Destruction
Amon Amarth
Tankard
Jag Panzer
Nasty Savage
Vicious Rumors
Demon

+ 5 more huge acts
+ 1 very special guest

All further details about the Bang Your Head may be found at ww.bang-your-head.de.

Tickets are availaible at ticket-hotline (+49-74 57-9 13 93) and via homepage. Prices are 59 - Euro (plus shipping) at presales. Tickets are limited to a number of 20000. By this it the organizers want to ensure that the special and relaxed atmosphere of the event won't suffer.

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Few More Anthrax, Dio Tour Dates Announced

Anthrax have announced several more dates for their upcoming tour with Dio and Fireball. The list of dates so far are as follows:

09/29 Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT (21 and over)
10/01 The Palladium - Boston, MA
10/02 Beacon Theatre - NYC, NY
10/04 Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
10/05 The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
10/06 Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
10/08 Harpo's Concert Theater - Detroit, MI
10/09 House Of Blues - Chicago, IL (18 and over)
10/10 The Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, IA
10/12 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
10/14 House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
10/15 Jannus Landing - Saint Petersburg, FL
10/16 Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/18 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA

Fireball Ministry are prepared to spread their newest message of hard rock and heavy metal to the congregation. Fireball Ministry's latest, "The Second Great Awakening," is an all-out aural assault on these ironic times where the true meaning of “rock” has long been forgotten.

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Jimmy Bain Talks About Leaving Dio For Scorpions

Ex-DIO bassist JIMMY BAIN explained to The Dio Message Board why he left the group earlier this year, "Because my heart wasn't into it, when your heart isn't in it you can't really do it anymore. I want to do something where maybe I can get rich - as oppose to other people getting rich and I didn't. That is unfortunate but such is life. When you join a band you think that everything is going to be great and it doesn?t end up like that so you have to leave after such a long time..years and years."

Asked what he'd miss most about Dio he answers concisely, "Nothing."

He also admits it was he who played bass on the SCORPIONS greatest commercial success, "I did play on [the album] Love at First Sting , that is the only Scorpions album I have played on. They paid me really a lot of money so I really didn?t care that I did not get credit. They know I played on it and I know I played on it, I can hear myself playing on it. They might say that it is Francis but it's not."

Bain also talks about his current projects, including WWIII and more on his thoughts on Dio, Rainbow and Ritchie Blackmore. You can read the entire interview by registering here: www.diomessageboard.com and then visiting the "Don't Talk To Strangers" section.

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Anthrax Announce More Tour Dates

ANTHRAX have announced more tour dates as part of their upcoming trek with DIO and FIREBALL MINISTRY. Confiremd dates so far are as follows:

Sep. 28 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NY (ANTHRAX only)
Sep. 29 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Oct. 01 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (w/ MOTÖRHEAD)
Oct. 02 - Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
Oct. 09 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL

ANTHRAX's upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup, dubbed "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum", is scheduled for release on November 8 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album's track listing, which was selected by the fans via the band's official homepage as part of ANTHRAX's 20th Anniversary Celebration, is as follows: More...

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Dio, Anthrax, Fireball Ministry To Tour Together

DIO, ANTHRAX and FIREBALL MINISTRY will be teaming up for a three-week tour of the U.S. beginning in late September. So far, only one date has been confirmed: October 1 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA (the billing for the Worcester show also includes MOTÖRHEAD). Exact cities and dates are expected to be announced later this week.

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Who Really Invented The Horns Up Gesture?

While Dio often gets credit, Simmons claims to predate him. But is the truth somewhere in the middle? Electric Basement's Brian Coles writes an interesting and humorous piece on who invented the horns up sign (aka Sign of the Devil, etc).

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

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Dio Bassist Posts Tour Diary, Album Pushed Back

Dio bassist Rudy Sarzo has posted a tour diary (including photos) online here. Sarzo says the next stop will be South America, so stay tuned!

The release date for DIO's new album, "Master Of The Moon," has been pushed back to September , according to Sanctuary Records. The album will be released in Canada on September 14.

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New Dio Album Delayed

Sanctuary Records has pushed back the North American release date of Dio's album, "Master Of The Moon" (view cover), to September 14, instead of the previously announced August 31 date. No reason was given for the delay.

"Master Of The Moon" track listing:
01. One More For The Road
02. Master Of The Moon
03. The End Of The World
04. Shivers
05. The Man Who Would Be King
06. The Eyes
07. Living The Lie
08. I Am
09. Death By Love
10. In Dreams

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Wacken 2004 To Be Broadcasted Over The Internet

The organizers of the Wacken Open Air festival and Armageddon Music have teamed up with Hardy TV to bring ALL 72 HOURS of this year's festivals into every discerning metalhead's home.

Starting from Thursday, August 5 at 3:00 PM CET you will be able to view the live shows from the True Metal, Black Metal, Party and Wet Stages, the Jim Beam Stage and the beer garden. Interviews, metal news and footage from the VIP and backstage areas will also be seen online. Viewers will also be offered a look at the festival grounds, the camping area, the meet & greets, and be able to accompany the bands to the stage. The latest video clips from the bands on this year's W:O:A bill will also be presented.

For more information, go here.

Be aware that costs DO apply and are broken down as follows:

24 hours – 5 Euros, $6.02 American, $8.02 Canadian (+ billing fees)
48 hours – 8 Euros, $9.64 American, $12.83 Canadian (+ billing fees)
72 hours – 10 Euros, $12.04 American, $16.03 Canadian (+ billing fees)

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Dio 'Master Of The Moon' Audio Samples Online

30-second audio samples of all 10 tracks from the forthcoming DIO album, "Master of the Moon", have been posted online at this location. "Master of the Moon" is scheduled for release on August 30 in Europe through SPV Records and August 31 in the U.S. through Sanctuary. The follow-up to 2002's "Killing the Dragon" was recorded at a Los Angeles studio and features lyrics that are "cynical" and "political", with the music being a mixture of up-tempo and doomy tracks, according to frontman Ronnie James Dio.

"Master of the Moon" track listing:

01. One More For The Road
02. Master Of The Moon
03. The End Of The World
04. Shivers
05. The Man Who Would Be King
06. The Eyes
07. Living The Lie
08. I Am
09. Death By Love
10. In Dreams

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Former Dokken Bassist Has No Desire To Rejoin Band

Jeff Pilson, perhaps best known for his bass and backing vocals work in Dokken, talked candidly with ElectricBasement.com about why Dokken does not fit into his future plans. He explains why the oft-derided "Shadowlife" album didn't work and how the problems persisted since. "It's a little too simple to simply blame guitarist George [Lynch] for that one," Pilson said. "We were really a band in chaos at that point, way too divisive. George did want to keep his distance from Don on that one, so in that way he added to the divisiveness. But we had generally worked up our records without Don at first, then he would come in at some point. But this time it didn't work. We also made too much of an attempt to NOT be Dokken, which was a mistake. And [producer] Kelly Gray was only doing his job of trying to make what we wanted, but that went way too far. Kelly and Don did work out a lot of the final vocals, which didn't work out well either. So I wouldn't just blame George. I know I tried to add a progressive element to it, which didn't really work, odd time signatures, etc. Plus the sounds were just not vintage Dokken — another mistake. Really it was an example of a band who had no focus and had lost its working chemistry. That's probably a big reason why I'm not too excited at the thought of working with Dokken again. I don't see the point. I would rather work with George where I know we still have our chemistry."

Pilson recently laid down bass tracks for the new Dio album, "Master of the Moon", and had this to say about the material and how it compares to his previous Dio collaborations, "Strange Highways" and "Angry Machines", "It's more like classic Dio than those two records. They were a bit more 'modern' and experimental. This new one is classic Dio — great songs. Dio fans will love it. I think there are a few songs on it which are masterpieces, and I don't use that word lightly." Bassist Rudy Sarzo was unable to record with the band due to prior commitments, but is now the permanent member, currently touring in Russia.

Read Pilson's entire interview with ElectricBasement.com at this location.

Read the full article at ElectricBasement.com.

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New Dio Bassist And European Tour Dates

From the Official Homepage:

"We're proud to welcome new bassist Rudy Sarzo to the Dio family. Rudy is known for his work in Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and Ozzy Osbourne, and most recently toured with Yngwie Malmsteen. Rudy joins the band in time for Dio's European tour, which begins July 16th in Moscow.

Thanks to Jeff Pilson for stepping in to handle bass duties on the new record, for which recording is now underway, with a July release date on Sanctuary Records in the United States and SPV in Europe."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Mark Sasso Does Dio 'Master Of The Moon' Artwork

Illustrator, Marc Sasso, who has done album covers for Dio, Morbid Angel, Cryonic Temple, Rob Rock, Hard Echo and recently the new Cage CD, is now painting the new Dio cover for "Master Of The Moon". Marc is the only artist to have done two Dio covers.

Marc told Maximum Metal (maximummetal.com): "I can't think of a better way to spend my Independence Day then painting new cover art for one of the greatest American heavy metal singers in history - Ronnie James Dio! The artwork is everything you've come to love within the Dio universe -a bad-ass creature in a magical environment, with a twist. Ronnie's vocals and music have been a huge part of my life and he is one of the coolest, most down to earth people I've ever met. I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to create his cover art for a 2nd time. Long live the man on the Silver Mountain. Marc Sasso - July 4th, 2004

Look for the new Dio CD "Master Of The Moon" to be released August 30, in Europe through SPV Records. A U.S. release date through Sanctuary Records has yet to be announced. The follow-up to 2002's "Killing The Dragon" was recorded at a Los Angeles studio and features lyrics that
are "cynical" and "political", with the music being a mixture of up-tempo and doomy tracks, according to frontman Ronnie James Dio.

Songtitles set to appear on the CD include:
1. Master Of The Moon
2. Death By Love
3. I Am
4. The End Of The World
5. One More From The Road
6. Shivers
7. In Dreams
8. The Man Who Would Be King
9. Living A Lie
10. The Eyes

A U.S. tour is expected to kick off on Sept. 23 in Detroit.

For more of Marc's various artworks go to www.marcsasso.com where you can also purchase signed prints.

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Dio's 'Master Of The Moon' Release Moved Up

DIO's Master Of The Moon album is now due out August 30th overseas via SPV (U.S. date pending), instead of September as previously reported. The tracklisting has also been leaked:

  1. Master Of The Moon

  2. Death By Love

  3. I Am

  4. The End Of The World

  5. One More From The Road

  6. Shivers

  7. In Dreams

  8. The Man Who Would Be King

  9. Living The Lie

  10. The Eyes

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Tony Iommi: 'Dio Deserves A Bit More Credit...'

In a recent interview with Guitar World Magazine, BLACK SABBATH guitarist TONY IOMMI talked about the other legendary Sabbath frontman, RONNIE JAMES DIO, "(On the Dio albums) I'm really satisfied with them. No disrespect to OZZY, but I think it's a shame that they've been buried by all the Ozzy stuff. I think they're good albums, and I think Dio deserves a bit more credit than what he did get. He rarely gets mentioned when people talk about the band. Same with TONY MARTIN."

Iommi is currently working on another solo album and performing this summer at Ozzfest with original Sab members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

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Jeff Pilson To Join Dio, Enter Studio In April

It's official - bassist JEFF PILSON will be reuniting with DIO to record the as-yet untitled album. The band will be entering the studio the middle of April, with a tentative June 2004 release date. Pilson is replacing long time basisst JIMMY BAIN, who has left to pursure other projects. Pilson, known for his work in DOKKEN, also appeared on the Strange Highways and Angry Machines Dio albums in the mid 90s. While appearing on the syndicated EDDIE TRUNK radio show Friday night, vocalist RONNIE JAMES DIO said the album would be a cross between Magica and Killing the Dragon with many fast songs. He also said that the Dio catalog will be remastered soon.

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War & Peace 'The Walls Have Eyes' Tracklisting

The latest additon to the Z Records Roster WAR & PEACE, featuring JEFF PILSON (Ex-DOKKEN, DIO) have confirmed that a total of fourteen tracks will now be featured on their forthcoming album The Walls Have Eyes which will be release on April 19th.The track listing will include an exclusive European bonus track which is a new version of Dokken's Walk Away.

The track listing will now be: More...

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Pilson Speaks About Dio And Dokken

In a members only Q&A with the DIO fan messagae board ( http://dioboard.proboards4.com/index.cgi ), bassist JEFF PILSON talked about his experience with the leadership dynamic in DOKKEN and DIO, two bands he was a part of for several years, "Well Dokken is (at least when I was in the band) a leaderless democracy, which can be good and can be bad. The major trouble I tended to have with Don was when he tried to take control in situations he wasn't always that well equipped for. He often tried to make it FEEL like he was the leader, when in fact he really wasn't- and things would get very scattered. Now that's not saying Don doesn't have wonderful qualities, but the best work we did was usually when there wasn't the ego drama and people created and contributed in a freer way. With Ronnie, it's quite the opposite. No doubt he's the leader, but he never forced that feeling unless he had to. He maintains control while still allowing the individual to flourish. Sure he has his moments, like anyone, but I think he really enjoyed when the band would jam and it really felt like a band. Ronnie is absolutely the best band leader I've ever seen or been around..."

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