Band Photo: Dio (?)
From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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..."