Band Photo: Dio (?)
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.
MTV2's "Headbangers Ball: The Year In Metal" has been posted online in its entirety. The half-hour long episode features Anthrax, Max Cavalera, In This Moment and Rob "Blasko" Nicholson of Ozzy Osbourne. You can view the episode below:
Craig Goldy, the current guitarist for Welsh hard rock legends Budgie and former guitarist of Dio, has announced that he has formed a new band with vocalist Chas West (Bonham,) bass player Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White) and drummer Gary Holland (Great White.) The band currently have no name but Goldy stated:
“The idea is to put the rock star back into everyone’s lives. So, you’ve got four people who look great, are amazing at their craft and the music pierces your soul. And they’re all good people. I think."
The Wagnerian metal opera project, Lyraka, has announced a pre-order offer for their debut CD, entitled "Lyraka.Volume 1." The CD, which is set for release November 27th, 2010, is available for pre-order at 15% off its release date price at Lyraka.com now.
The project, which bills itself as "Wagnerian Opera Metal, Defined" features four songs performed by Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ), one by Tommy Heart (ULI JON ROTH, FAIR WARNING), and one by Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM). Jeff Pilson (Dio, Dokken, Foreigner) and Tim Luce (Alcatrazz) have been involved in the project, as well as Andre Maquera (8084).
The composer, Andy DiGelsomina, announced "We are proud to announce that famed fantasy artist Ken Kelly (Kiss, Rainbow, Manowar) is putting the finishing touches on the cover artwork now, and it's looking KILLER."
Operatika has issued the following announcement about releasing a cover of Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock:"
"Operatika is pleased to announce this official release of our new single--Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock." It is our tribute to Dio and his contribution to the world of heavy metal. We hope you enjoy our own interpretation of this classic song. In light of Dio's recent passing we will be donating all of the proceeds from this song to Dio's Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund."
You can check out the track via the Operatika MySpace profile.
Audio has been released from the first official release from Niji Entertainment Group, the label formed by the late Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager Wendy Dio. The the double-disc set "Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987" is set for release on November 9th, 2010.
You can listen to "Stand Up and Shout," the opening track from the 1983 set below:
The first official release from Niji Entertainment Group, the label formed by the late Ronnie James Dio and his wife Wendy Dio has been announced as "Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987". The two disc live set is scheduled for release on November 9th 2010. The two-CD deluxe digipak comes with rare photos from both concerts. It also includes both "All Access" backstage laminates from 1983 and 1987.
Here's the "Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987" tracklisting:
Disc One: 1983
1. Stand Up and Shout
2. Straight Through The Heart
3. Children Of The Sea
4. Rainbow In The Dark
5. Holy Diver
6. Drum Solo
8. Guitar Solo
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
12. Evil Eyes
Disc Two: 1987
1. Dream Evil
2. Neon Knights
3. Naked In The Rain
4. Rock And Roll Children
5. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
6. The Last In Line
7. Children Of The Sea
8. Holy Diver
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
11. All The Fools Sailed Away
12. The Last In Line
13. Rainbow In The Dark
Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the complete lineup for the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, which includes several metal tracks. Rock Band 3 will be released October 26th in North America and October 29th in the rest of the world. The complete list of songs on the game, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
Anthrax, "Caught in a Mosh"
At the Drive-In, "One Armed Scissor"
Avenged Sevenfold, "The Beast & the Harlot"
Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations (Live)"
Big Country, "In a Big Country"
Blondie, "Heart of Glass"
Bob Marley, "Get Up, Stand Up"
Chicago, "25 or 6 to 4"
David Bowie, "Space Oddity"
Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"
Def Leppard, "Foolin’"
Devo, "Whip It"
Dio, "Rainbow in the Dark"
Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"
Doobie Brothers, "China Grove"
Dover, "King George"
Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
Elton John, "Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting"
Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis" More...
During their recent headlining performance at England's Bloodstock Open Air festival, Swedish progressive metal outfit Opeth payed tribute tofallen metal icon Ronnie James Dio, whose band Heaven & Hell were originally supposed to headline the event, by performing the song, "Catch The Rainbow." You can check out fan filmed footage of the cover below, along with the speech frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt made about Dio. More...
Harmonix has now announced more of the 83 songs that will be included in the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, including a string of metal tracks. The currently announced tracks, including the non-metal songs, are as follows:
Bob Marley & the Wailers - "Get Up, Stand Up"
INXS - "Need You Tonight"
Poni Hoax - "Antibodies"
Rammstein - "Du Hast" in German
Roxette - "The Look"
Tokio Hotel - "Humanoid"
HIM - "Killing Loneliness"
Maná - "Oye Mi Amor" in Spanish
Slipknot - "Before I Forget"
War - "Low Rider"
Metric - "Combat Baby"
Rilo Kiley - "Portions for Foxes"
Them Crooked Vultures - "Dead End Friends"
The Vines - "Get Free"
The White Stripes - "The Hardest Button to Button"
Phoenix - "Lasso"
Ida Maria - "Oh My God"
Juanes - "Me Enamora"
Jane's Addiction - "Been Caught Stealing"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush"
Smash Mouth - "Walkin' on the Sun"
Spacehog - "In the Meantime"
Dio - "Rainbow in the Dark" More...
Earthen Grave paid tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio with a cover of Rainbow’s "Stargazer" (written by Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore) in concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL on Sunday, July 11, 2010.
The members of Chicago-based thrash/doom metal band are Ron Holzner on bass (formerly of Trouble), Rachel Barton Pine on electric long-range violin, Mark Weiner on vocals, Jason Muxlow and Tony Spillman on guitar and Scott Davidson on drums. Joining Earthen Grave for the Ronnie James Dio tribute were Hannah Barton on violin, Edgar Gabriel on violin and Mike Block on cello.
The rest of the set was highlighted with songs from Earthen Grave’s "Dismal Times" EP, and also featured Bruce Franklin (Trouble) joining Earthen Grave for two Trouble tunes.
Sunday’s concert was the first time a metal band has performed at the Pritzker Pavilion. The set was part of the Great Performer of Illinois Award Concert honoring Earthen Grave member Rachel Barton Pine. Pine played two classical sets earlier in the evening before closing the festival with Earthen Grave against an appropriate backdrop of pouring rain, thunder and lightning.
Earthen Grave - "Stargazer" Cover
Operatika has posted a second video clip online of the band recording a cover version of Dio's "We Rock." The footage can be viewed below.
Operatika has posted footage online of the band recording a Dio cover track, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:
"Operatika is currently in the studio recording a cover of Dio's song 'We Rock.' As announced months ago, the cover was originally planned as a bonus track for our upcoming album, but due to the untimely passing of the great Ronnie James Dio, the cover will be released as a single and all proceeds will go towards cancer research. More details on this will be available shortly, but in the meantime, here are some video clips of this journey that we've documented so far."
Members of the "Big Four" of thrash, including Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Scott Ian (Anthrax), and Kerry King (Slayer) recorded a special video tribute to the late heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. The video was recorded from the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22, 2010. The video tribute was shown as part of the June 22nd satellite broadcast of the "Big Four" concert from Sofia to movie theaters around the world. You can watch the video clip below.
Iranian act Ahoora has issued the following announcement about streaming a cover song of Dio's "This Is Your Life."
"About a month ago Ronnie James Dio passed away. Here is our version of 'This is Your Life;' one of his masterpieces among many. This is our little gesture of appreciation to the man whose music, words and attitude has never stopped influencing this band. Please check it out and spread the word about it."
Wendy Dio, wife of the recently deceased Ronnie James Dio, has issued the following statement about bands releasing Dio tribute albums:
"Dear Friends and Fans of Ronnie, I have seen lately on Blabbermouth.net a lot of announcements of bands releasing 'so-called' Dio Tribute CD's. Please do not be fooled by thinking they are doing this for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, the money is going in their pockets and not to the Fund. I find this totally disgraceful and upsetting that they are trying to make money off of Ronnie's death."
Ronnie James Dio passed away due to stomach cancer on the morning of May 16th, 2010.
Bay Area Backstage TV has uploaded a 32-minute tribute video to legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio — best known for his work with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, his own band Dio and more recently Heaven & Hell. The video features interview and performance clips that were captured over the years, some of which have never been seen before.
Dio died of stomach cancer on the morning of Sunday, May 16, at the age of 67.
Last week Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) was attacked on stage by a man attempting to tackle him from behind. The guitarist literally brushed off the offender and continued to play (on a broken guitar that would be replaced). In honor of this move this week we look at some of the heroic and/or bad ass (rating of 10) and not so heroic/or not so bad ass (rating of 1) moments from the world of videos. More...
The surviving members of Heaven & Hell, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice, has announced that they will be performing a special set at England's High Voltage festival on July 24th, which will serve as a tribute to their late frontman Ronnie James Dio, who passed away as a result of stomach cancer last month. The band will be joined by former Deep Purple singer Glen Hughes as well as Masterplan vocalist Jorn Lande. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Says Geezer Butler: "It's going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no-one else I know - and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honour of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we're immune from this disease, really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you."
Tony Iommi says: "Ronnie's passing has left a huge hole, we hadn't anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that."
Jorn Lande (Masterplan) has offered his talents to honour the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio, with his new album aptly entitled “Dio,” to be released on Frontiers Records on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the U.S.
Handpicking some lesser known tunes of the Dio era, along with some of the true classics, Jorn offers a fine collection of songs that present the music of the Man and the Artist, with a unique twist. In Jorn Lande’s own words: “Throughout the years I have had the privilege of both meeting and working with many of the musicians that have inspired me on my musical journey. Ronnie James Dio has inspired me through decades, and this man's influence continues to add colour to my creative spirit. Ever since the first time I heard his royal roar back in the 70's, I have been fascinated by this extremely talented man's creative force and dedication to music. His career has been going on for so long and includes so many great songs, that it was a challenge to decide which songs and what era to focus on. I ended up focusing on the DIO era.”
The album also includes an original song for which a videoclip, shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) was produced. Jorn says: “I wrote 'Song for Ronnie James' as a tribute and a personal thanks to the man who has been my mentor for more than 35 years. This great man has affected my life and career in such a way that without his presence, I would not have become the artist I am today.”
The “Song for Ronnie James” music video can be watched below.
“Dio” was mixed by Tommy Hansen, Jailhouse Studios, and the final tracklisting includes the following tracks:
Song For Ronnie James
Shame on the Night
Stand Up And Shout
Don't Talk to Strangers
Lord Of The Last Day
Lonely Is The Word / Letters From Earth (2010 version)
Kill The King*
Straight Through The Heart (live)
MetalInjection.net west-coast correspondent Johnny Orlando Jr. attended the Ronnie James Dio Memorial Service on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 and filed a special report. He spoke with many fans of Dio who discussed what Dio meant to them as well as one of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who was protesting the memorial. Check out the clip below.