Band Photo: Dio (?)
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.
Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:
Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing
Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)
Judas Priest will be embarking on a Japanese tour in late April/early May, immediately following the group's European trek. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
Priest have yet to announce their U.S. tour plans but it is expected that they will be scheduling a headlining run in the summer. Among the rumored support acts for the trek are Queensryche, Dio and Black Label Society.
Judas Priest's new album, "Angel of Retribution" (view cover here) is scheduled for release on March 1 via Epic Records.
Singer Rob Halford's first album with the band in 15 years, "Angel of Retribution" was produced by Roy Z, who has previously worked on solo albums from Halford and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. The set will be bundled with a concert DVD shot in a bullring in Valencia, Spain.
Epic will celebrate the reunion of the "Painkiller"-era Judas Priest lineup by issuing a DualDisc (a two-sided disc made up of a CD player side and a DVD player side) for the "Angel of Retribution" title.
A live DIO CD entitled Evil or Divine: Live in New York City, will be released on February 22nd through Spitfire Records. This is the companion CD to the DVD released last year. The artwork for the album has been posted online. Also, a new E-Card for the album has been launched here.
Dio has announced to release the live cd "Evlil or Divine: Live in New York City". The CD will be released February 22 and is the companion to the DVD released last year.
Swedish metallers MORGANA LEFAY are the latest addition to the 2005 edition of the Bang Your Head festival (the 10th Anniversary edition) which is set to take place on June 24th and 25th in Balingen, Germany. Tickets are available at the ticket-hotline (+49-74 57-9 13 93) and via the homepage. Pre-sale cost of the tickets is 59 Euros (plus shipping). Organizers have "limited" tickets to 20, 000, to keep the one-stage event relaxed and somewhat intimate. More information can be found at Bang-Your-Head.de.
Acts currently confirmed for the festival now include:
Virgin Steele are confirmed to play at Bang Your Head 2005-festival. The event is set to take place in Germany at the Messegelände of Balingen on the 24th and 25th of June.
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. 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: More...
Twisted Sister, Dio, Saxon and the re-united Candlemass are all booked to appear at next year's Bang Your Head festival, which happens at Balingen, Germany on 24/25. Also on the bill for the tenth anniversary of the festival are Doro, Sebastian Bach, Nevermore, Krokus, Gamma Ray, Axel Rudi Pell and Amon Amarth.
Twisted Tower Dire is currently in the studio recording our 4th album “Netherworlds” for Germany’s Remedy Records. The track listing includes:
4. Casualty of Cruel Times
5. Tales of Submission
6. The Killing Kind
7. Dire Wolf
8. No One Left to Blame
The style of the new songs is a mixture of Saxon and Mercyful Fate with TTD’s classic Maiden-esque sound. The production will be a rawer and punkier vibe along the lines of Maiden “Killers” or Dio-era Sabbath. The bonus tracks will be TTD’s covers of "Crionics" (Slayer) for the digipack version and "Stand Up and Shout" (Dio) for the Japanese version (on Spiritual Beast Records).
There are also plans for a "Starshine" 12" vinyl EP to be released either before or in conjunction with the album. The track listing is: More...
Accept, Blackfoot, Dio, Kansas, Magnum and Styx are among the first batch of names confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock, which happens in Solvesborg from June 9-11. Also announced are Saxon, Helix, Hammerfall, Robin Trower, Vixen and Nazareth.
Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (Kiss, Meatloaf) has finished producing an all-star tribute to Iron Maiden in honor of their 25th anniversary. Culling from his extensive contacts in the musician world, Kulick has assembled major hard rock and metal players to come together and put this tribute album together.
All of the tracks have been completed except for two key signature vocalists to come in and finish the job. Kulick has been using the rest of the finished material to shop around for a label to license the masters and put out the hottest Iron Maiden tribute of all time.
The album will feature the following track listing/musicians: More...
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, will be filmed with 10 stationary, mobile and crane-mounted cameras and will be released in the future in DVD format worldwide, according to a press release from Cage, one of the bands scheduled to appear at the festival. Other groups set to perform on the main stage include Twisted Sister, Dio, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Shaman and Hatebreed.
The secondnd stage will feature the hottest Mexican metal bands currently on the scene: Next, Evilheart, Argos, Aglarond, Calvaria, Marco Ferrigno - The Quest, Stentor, Eon, Skeptic Universe, Divina Lez and Aiwass.
To visit the Monterrey Metal Fest web site, click here.
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:
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.
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.
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:
Axel Rudi Pell
+ 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.