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Wendy Dio Comments On New Dio Tribute Albums

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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.

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1. metalfan653 writes:

Wow Wendy Dio has been very active lately(of course being the wife and manager of RJD).
Anyway she seems to be arguing with everyone now, the Baptist Church and all these artists...

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 1:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. stoney writes:

It's always about the money, huh? Honestly, I don't really know where to stand on this. Tributes are, IMO, the artists way of paying their respects and acknowledging the influence of the artist being tributed. Sure, directing the profit into something the tributed artist believes in would be a nice idea, but that's not the actual point of doing a tribute.

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 5:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. WOLF7 writes:

There are different ways of looking at this issue;
IF you're in a music business and want to show respect to Dio, why not just play a Dio song in your next set, or post a Dio cover on myspace / youtube wherever? Why does it have to be an entire album and This soon after Dio's passing?
I agree with Wendy, that is totally disgraceful.

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 6:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. deathbringer writes:

I think it's a shame it's come to this. As stoney said, tributes are a way for artists to pay their respects to an artist. I have not read what Blabbermouth is posting, but of the ones we've posted, there's been no confusion or mention that proceeds are going to Dio's charity, nor would I feel that this is a requirement.

People are still only going to pay attention to the better artists and the better tribute, especially the more that get announced, so the rest is really not something to worry about, IMO.

Sure, there's the possibility that some artists may be cashing in on Dio's fame and recent death, but to make a generalized statement of that nature is, to me, insulting and takes away from what those bands with good intentions want to do, which is pay tribute to one of their heroes and one of the greats, whether in a single song, album, or as part of a compilation. There are plenty of tributes out there to others and as far as I know, they are not all charity cases. Just because money is involved doesn't mean it was FOR the money. It's just part of the business and to make it anything more is akin to saying all musicians are in it (music) for the money, when in fact we know that many love what they do even though they make money doing it.

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 7:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. WOLF7 writes:

DB, I can fully understand what you're saying and your point of view.

I'm just thinking of the time frame. It's been only a month since Dio's passing and bands are already announcing the release of their Tribute albums. To me, that's disrespectful. In my mind, bands are "using" Dio's death as a promotional tool to market their "tribute" albums. Why can't these Tribute albums - and/or their announcements - wait at least until the end of the year (and target the Xmas market while they're at it )?

Sounds like "Strike while the iron is hot" marketing mentality to me, and all things considered, it's totally disgraceful.

My opinion.

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 8:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Mike Mixer writes:

I remember how everyone vilified Ozzy for putting off releasing a tribute album for Randy Rhoads and instead releasing Speak of the Devil to satisfy a contractual obligation. Seems like prevailing wisdom is catching up to what Ozzy knew years ago.

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 12:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Chainz writes:

Yeah, because metal bands make SOOOOO much money off of tribute albums, cause SOOOOOO many people buy them.

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 12:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. n writes:

.......who cares?

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 4:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. eraserhead writes:

She should have just kept her mouth shut. These bands are just honoring a fallen hero of theirs and paying tribute to him and Wendy Dio is coming off as the mean old b**** complaining about them.

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 10:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. EsotericSurgery writes:

Fvck that whore...wow.

# Jun 19, 2010 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. spiral_architect writes:

i think mrs. dio is confusing the issues of tribute albums and the cancer fund. fans can buy the tribute albums and still contribute to the cancer fund, if they wish to..........personally i am way more offended that heaven and hell is going to be performing with glenn hughes on vocals as dio's "replacement"!

# Jun 20, 2010 @ 2:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. spiral_architect writes:

heaven and hell is doing a one-off tribute concert to dio featuring glenn hughes (of black sabbath fame) on vocals. i find this to be an offensive idea. it is a show heaven and hell was supposed to be playing with dio too, so it's almost like they are playing it just out of contractual obligation and/ or because the tickets had already been sold to fans. i would rather contribute money to the stand up and shout cancer fund, mrs. dio!

# Jun 20, 2010 @ 2:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. BoltThrower writes:

I'm no music business expert, but isn't this why you don't sign over the rights to your songs?

# Jun 20, 2010 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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