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From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
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
05. The Man Who Would Be King
06. The Eyes
07. Living The Lie
08. I Am
09. Death By Love
10. In Dreams
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.
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...
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
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.
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:
- Master Of The Moon
- Death By Love
- I Am
- The End Of The World
- One More From The Road
- In Dreams
- The Man Who Would Be King
- Living The Lie
- The Eyes
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.
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.
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...
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..."