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RAINBOW “The Singles Box Set 1975 – 1986″ – (Vinyl Replica Singles) Is Out Now!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, news, rock bands, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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The box set gathers all of Rainbow’s classic singles

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As one of the cornerstones of British Rock, Rainbow, led by the never-predictable but ever-astonishing guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, became synonymous with some of the most well-regarded and popular charting Rock songs of the seventies and eighties. From the mystic and quasi-religious ‘Man On A Silver Mountain’ to the solid gold anthems of ‘All Night Long’, ‘Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll’ and ‘Since You Been Gone’, each year in the decade of Rainbow was marked by some of the best songs and performances captured both on record and in-concert.

The box set gathers all of the band’s classic singles from the era in replicas of the original release, alongside a book featuring details on each of the titles.

Passing through the band were some of the best the genre had to offer. Vocalists Ronnie James Dio and Graham Bonnet, bass player and producer Roger Glover and drummer Cozy Powell, each brought their individual talent to the table to record some of Rock’s best-loved Hard Rock on those timeless singles.

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* Released on February 11th, 2014.

* Purchase At: http://www.amazon.com

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LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF RAINBOW.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

REST IN PEACE, COZY POWELL.

Stone.

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Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund – 3rd Annual Awards Gala / Pre-Release Listening Party For “This Is Your Life” – Event Info

Posted in charities, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Ronnie James Dio - Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund - 3rd Annual Awards Gala - promo flyer - 2014

As reported on the Ronnie James Dio Facebook page:

We only have just a few more of the Special Fan Tickets left for $25 each for the Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album Party and Awards Gala in Hollywood, CA on March 17th! There will be Live performances by Halestorm, Corey Taylor, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy, Oni Logan and an All-Star Jam! Rob Halford will also be on hand to accept a Special Award! You will not want to miss this once in a lifetime special VIP Event! Get your tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/oaeyyag

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* For info on the Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album This Is Your Life, releasing on April 1st, 2014, via Rhino, click on the link below:

RONNIE JAMES DIO Tribute Album “This Is Your Life” Available For Pre-order Now! Benefiting The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

Above link is for a press release featured on Metal Odyssey, on February 12, 2014.

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* For more info, click on links below:

Facebook: Ronnie James Dio

Website: http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

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LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

RONNIE JAMES DIO Tribute Album “This Is Your Life” Available For Pre-order Now! Benefiting The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on February 12, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Ronnie James DIO This IS Your Life – Releases April 1st, 2014, Via RHINO!

To Benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund!

14 Classic DIO Songs Are Celebrated!

10 Previously Unreleased Ronnie James Dio Covers!

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You can now preorder the Ronnie James Dio Tribute album “This Is Your Life” from Amazon at a very special price! 100% of the proceeds received by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund will go to cancer education, research and to help find a cure! The album features tracks from Metallica, AnthraxDORO and Motörhead. Also featuring Biff Byford, Rob Halford, Scorpions, Tenacious D, Halestorm and many more fantastic artists! Order the album here: http://tinyurl.com/omlcppb

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This Is Your Life – Track Listing:

1. Neon Knights – Anthrax (Previously unreleased)

2. The Last In Line – Tenacious D (Previously unreleased)

3. The Mob Rules – Adrenaline Mob

4. Rainbow In The Dark – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher (Previously unreleased)

5. Straight Through The Heart – Halestorm (Previously unreleased)

6. Starstruck – Motörhead with Biff Byford (Previously unreleased)

7. The Temple Of The King – Scorpions (Previously unreleased)

8. Egypt (The Chains Are On) – Doro

9. Holy Diver – Killswitch Engage

10. Catch The Rainbow – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren (Previously unreleased)

11. I – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy (Previously unreleased)

12. Man On The Silver Mountain – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren (Previously unreleased)

13. Ronnie Rising Medley – (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King) Metallica (Previously unreleased)

14. This Is Your Life – Dio

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About The Ronnie James Dio – Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund:

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization which has already raised more than $600,000 in its short history. Monies raised to date have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.

Donate To The Ronnie James Dio – Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, By Clicking On The Link Below:

http://www.diocancerfund.org

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(Sources: Ronnie James Dio Facebook/Official Site of Ronnie James Dio)

(Research contribution for post: Scott Coverdale)

Facebook: Ronnie James Dio

Website: http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

Official DIO Merch:

www.officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com

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REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

Stone.

MOTION DEVICE And Their Cover Song Of Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell”: Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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MOTION DEVICE – I was first introduced to Bolton, Ontario, Canada’s Motion Device via twitter earlier this year. We’ll tweet back and forth, like any twitter friends do; only I consider Motion Device more than just twitter buddies. I look upon Motion Device as an inspiration and a burning flame of sincerity, maturity and confidence that I cannot resist embracing from such a devoted and talented young band. The allegiance to Heavy Metal’s pioneers that Motion Device is influenced by, through their songs, makes me very proud.

Lead vocalist Sara Menoudakis is going on 12 years of age and she sings with such a determined and confident manner; that it’s all very impressive to hear. Amazing. Sara’s 15-year-old sister (6 string bassist & keyboardist) Andrea Menoudakis is nothing short of inspirational in her own right; Andrea lives each day of her life with a seizure disorder known as epilepsy, (in the form of absence seizures). Andrea’s musical talents would never reveal this, until it was made known by her and the band. I absolutely love the piano intro and outro that Andrea plays on their cover of Heaven And Hell; it’s a beautiful added touch to such an iconic song.

Motion Device is rounded out by Sara and Andrea’s 13-year-old brother (drummer) David Menoudakis, 19-year-old cousin (electric & acoustic guitarist) Josh Marrocco and 19-year-old family friend (guitarist & bassist) Alex Defrancesco. I honestly see an incredible future for these young and clever musicians. The Metal sky is the limit for Motion Device and I will be cheering heavily for them, as they continue forward on their musical journey. Metal be thy name.

Motion Device, along with their new cover song of Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell is:

Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Forever In Our METAL Hearts & Souls, Ronnie James Dio.

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Sara Menoudakis – Lead Singer

David Menoudakis – Drummer

Andrea Menoudakis – Keyboards & Bass

Josh Marrocco – Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Alex Defrancesco – Guitar & Bass

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Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell was originally released back in 1980, via Warner Bros. Records.

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* For More Info On MOTION DEVICE:

Facebook: Motion Device

Website: http://motiondevice.net/

http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialMotionDevice

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LONG LIVE MOTION DEVICE.

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF RJD ERA BLACK SABBATH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

Wendy Dio – Once Again Raising Money For The Brittany Foundation And Needs Your Support!

Posted in animal charities, charities, dogs, Heavy Metal, Metal, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Ronnie James Dio - Wendy Dio - The Brittany Foundation - Gene Kirkland - by permission

(Photo used by permission from Niji Entertainment Group)

As reported on The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page Facebook:

FROM WENDY DIO:

Dear Friends,

As you all know, Ronnie and I have always been animal lovers and our favorite charity is The Brittany Foundation, as 100% of the monies raised goes to feed and house the dogs. Some of you may remember that three years ago, I spent a Day in Their Paws in a cage with two adorable dogs, trying to raise money and get them adopted. This was one of the last public appearances Ronnie made before his untimely passing.

This year I am going in the cage again with Timka and Tramp to raise money for The Brittany Foundation. I stay in the cage for 24 hours or until I have raised the money for freedom. It costs a dollar a minute for my freedom. I am asking for your help.

Please go to http://www.brittanyfoundationonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=48&Itemid=67 and scroll down to my picture with Timka and Tramp, and click the button to donate. We would love to see any of you that would like to join us.

I would like to say a big “thank you” to you all, and as Ronnie would say, “You Rock!”

Wendy Dio

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* For More Info On The Legacy Of RJD:

The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page

http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

www.officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com

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LONG LIVE WENDY DIO.

LONG LIVE THE BRITTANY FOUNDATION.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

DIO – 30 DIO Artist Series Guitars Available July 10th; On Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday!

Posted in guitars, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page Facebook:

DIO Fans! As you guys know, July 10th is Ronnie’s Birthday!! July 10th will also mark the release of the limited edition DIO Artist Series Guitar featuring custom Holy Diver artwork. Be one of only 30 people in the world to own this collector’s piece.

Get the DIO ASG on July 10th and get some free gifts courtesy of ASG and Niji Entertainment Group!

www.artistseriesguitar.com/store/guitars/dio.html

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For more info on DIO, click on the links below! Whoa!

Facebook: The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page

http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

DIO DISCIPLES:

Facebook: Dio Disciples

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LONG LIVE THE METAL LEGACY OF DIO.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘n’ ROLL.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

Ronnie James Dio – Remembering A Metal Icon

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock news, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Ronnie James Dio – As incredible as it sounds, it’s been three years since the iconic Ronnie James Dio passed away. May 16th, 2010 was one of the saddest days in the history of Metal and Rock N’ Roll. At age 67, Ronnie James Dio’s battle with cancer came to a tearful end. No matter how evil cancer is, the one thing it cannot destroy is the memories and spirit of its courageous victims.

The spirit of Ronnie James Dio shall forever live on and my memories of seeing him in concert, listening to his albums and letting his lyrics and music move me will never fade away. Never. I am very pleased to see the constant and never-ending outpouring of love that the fans, bands, musicians and record labels give toward Ronnie James Dio each day on social network sites like twitter and facebook.

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It’s truly amazing to read about how many lives that this one incredibly talented man had touched over the decades; and Ronnie James Dio is still touching us all with his never quit strength he had exhibited and priceless Metal spirit that lives on (in all of his fans). There will never be another Ronnie James Dio.

God Bless Ronnie James Dio and may he rest in peace.

Stone.

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Help the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund!

The Memorial Bundle:

100% of the proceeds go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund! The “Memorial” Bundle includes the Original Memorial Shirt (Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL and 4XL), Memorial Button and Memorial Wristband. Supplies are VERY LIMITED and once the Shirts are sold out, they will never be offered again! ORDER HERE:

http://www.officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com/RJD-SUAS-Charity-Donation-Gift-Bundle_p_189.html

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For more info on Ronnie James Dio, click on the links below!

facebook: The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page

http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

Legendary DIO Tribute Band: facebook: Dio Disciples

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Long Live Rock N’ Roll.

Ronnie James Dio

July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010

DIO – “Finding the Sacred Heart Live in Philly 1986″ Releases On May 28th, Via Eagle Rock Entertainment

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 was recorded at The Spectrum in Philadelphia on 17 June 1986 during the second leg of the “Sacred Heart” tour, which featured new guitarist Craig Goldy. The show was issued in an edited form first on VHS and then DVD. Now for the first time the full concert is being released as a double CD in the original running order and with remastered sound. It’s an extraordinary live show with a giant animatronic dragon towering over the stage and spectacular lasers and pyrotechnics. Ronnie James Dio is in fine voice as ever and the band deliver a blistering live performance featuring tracks from their first three albums alongside Black Sabbath and Rainbow classics. This will be a must-have release for any Dio fan!

Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 will also be released on DVD, Blu-ray and LP.

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DIO – Band Lineup On Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986:

Ronnie James Dio – Vocals

Jimmy Bain – Bass

Vinny Appice – Drums

Craig Goldy – Guitar

Claude Schnell – Keyboards

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(Source: Eagle Rock Entertainment)

For more info, click on the links below!

facebook: The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page

http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

http://www.eagle-rock.com

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LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF DIO.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

DIO – LATTER DAY DIO CLASSIC “MAGICA” TO GET DELUXE EDITION CD TREATMENT

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , , on April 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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DIO – As long time fans can attest, the quality of Dio’s studio albums never wavered throughout the group’s near 30-year career. Case in point, the fan favorite/concept album, “Magica”, which featured Ronnie James Dio’s one-of-a-kind vocals and the return of guitarist Craig Goldy. The album spawned such metal classics as “Fever Dreams,” “Turn to Stone”, “Lord of the Last Day” and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide – largely on word of mouth alone. One small problem – the original 2000 CD version has been out of print for years, and has become increasingly hard to find. But to the delight of Dio fans worldwide, “Magica” will be getting a makeover – on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 as Niji Entertainment Group will be issuing the 2 CD “Magica Deluxe Edition”.

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A breakdown of what will be included on this two CD set is as follows:

CD 1

01. Discovery

02. Magica Theme

03. Lord Of The Last Day

04. Fever Dreams

05. Turn To Stone

06. Feed My Head

07. Eriel

08. Challis

09. As Long As It’s Not About Love

10. Losing My Insanity

11. Otherworld

12. Magica- Reprise

13. Lord Of The Last Day – Reprise

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CD 2 will contain “The Magica Story” (narrated by Ronnie James Dio) and the bonus track “Annica”, which was only available as a Japanese bonus track along with “Electra” (which was planned for “Magica 2 and 3″) and five, never before released Official Live Bootleg tracks from 2000/2001.

1. The Magica Story (Narrated By Ronnie James Dio)

2. Annica (Japanese Only Bonus Track)

3. Electra (Recorded for Magica 2 & 3)

4. Feed My Head (Official Live Bootleg)

5. Fever Dreams (Official Live Bootleg)

6. Lord Of The Last Day (Official Live Bootleg)

7. As Long as It’s Not about Love (Official Live bootleg)

8. Losing My Insanity (Official Live bootleg)

Also included in the CD set will be deluxe packaging and a deluxe 20 page booklet (which will include the original “Magica” tour dates and a set list), as well as such bonus inserts – including the “Magica Story” – and a Ronnie James Dio postcard.

Remastered by Ronnie’s friend and longtime Engineer Wyn Davis!

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And the accolades surrounding ‘Magica’ continue all these years later:

“Since I played such a major role in how “Magica” was created, it became one of my most proudest Dio moments and an experience I shall never forget!”- Craig Goldy (Dio, Dio Disciples)

“Magica is an album I know Ronnie was extremely proud of. Epic is a word that I often use to describe it to people!”- Simon Wright (Dio, Dio Disciples)

“Magica was an extremely important album to Ronnie James Dio”- Eddie Trunk, “That Metal Show” VH1 Classic

“With this Deluxe Edition of “Magica”, we are reminded just how much Dio really meant – to all of us.”- Mick Wall, Legendary Writer/Radio host

Soon, Dio fans worldwide will get the opportunity to experience the mighty ‘Magica’ as they’ve never done before.

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DIO Fans! Order the Deluxe Edition “Magica” Bundle which includes both the BRAND NEW 2 CD Deluxe Edition “Magica” and a LIMITED EDITION “Magica” DIO Tour Shirt available in Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XXL and 3XXXL! Order Here: http://myplay.me/10ns

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(SourceThe Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page)

For more DIO info, click on the links below!

http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

facebook: The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page

http://www.officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com/

facebook: Dio Disciples

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LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF DIO.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

DIO DISCIPLES – Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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DIO DISCIPLES carries on the brilliance and magic of the late Ronnie James Dio’s Heavy Metal album catalog. DIO was not just another Heavy Metal band and Ronnie James Dio not just another frontman. To an unbelievable many, (myself included), Ronnie James Dio was and always shall be an iconic leader of our beloved Heavy Metal world. Metal be thy name.

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Check out the 2013 tour dates for DIO DISCIPLES and stay tuned for more dates throughout the year!

2013 DIO DISCIPLES Tour Dates:

06/07/13 SANTIAGO, CHILE TEATRO CAUPOLICAN

06/08/13 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA EL TEATRO FLORES

06/09/13 CORDOBA, ARGENTINA METAL PARA TODOS FESTIVAL

06/11/13 ASUCION, PARAGUAY TEATRO BCP

06/15/13 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL RIVAL THEATER

06/16/13 SAO PAULO, BRAZIL CARIOCA CLUB

06/19/13 MEXICO CITY, MEXICO AUDITORIO BLACK BERRY*

06/20/13 GUADALAJARA, MEXICO STUDIO CABARET CABARET*

06/21/13 MONTERREY, MEXICO AUDITORIUM LUIS ELIZONDO*

06/23/13 MCALLEN, TX CONVENTION CENTER*

*WITH NAZARETH

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Dio Disciples is comprised of singers Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio), bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen), keyboardist Scott Warren (Dio,Heaven & Hell), and drummer Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC, UFO).

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Official DIO and DIO DISCIPLES Merch:

http://www.officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com/

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DIO DISCIPLES are Managed by Wendy Dio at Niji Entertainment Group.

* For more info on DIO DISCIPLES, click on the link below!

facebook: Dio Disciples

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LONG LIVE DIO DISCIPLES.

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF DIO.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund: $5 Donation Receives Ronnie James Dio Memorial Wristband!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page (facebook):

With your $5.00 donation to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, you will receive as a Thank You Gift, the new Ronnie James Dio Memorial Wristband! 100% off the proceeds go to The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund for cancer education, research and to help find a cure! Donate $5.00 here:

http://www.officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com/Ronnie-James-Dio-RIP-Cancer-Fund-Wristband_p_181.html

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For more info, click on the link below:

facebook: The Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

DIO “The Last In Line” 24 KT Gold CD Releases November 27th, Via Audio Fidelity

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

DIO – Released back in July of 1984, The Last In Line, the second studio album from DIO, carried on what Holy Diver had started: true, classic and timeless Metal. Now, decades later, a 24 KT Gold CD version of The Last In Line releases on November 27th, via Audio Fidelity.

This is a limited numbered edition and makes for a fabulous DIO collectible! Numerous past 24 KT Gold editions have sold out through Audio Fidelity; getting your Metal hands on this special edition of The Last In Line is key! Metal be thy name.

I’ve seen the pre-order price for The Last In Line 24 KT Gold CD at $21.07 (U.S.) on Amazon.com. The price at Audio Fidelity.net is $24.99 (U.S.).

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DIO – Band Lineup On The Last In Line:

Ronnie James Dio – vocals

Vivian Campbell – guitar

Jimmy Bain – bass

Vinny Appice – drums

Claude Schnell – keyboards

THE LAST IN LINE – Track Listing:

We Rock

The Last In Line

Breathless

I Speed At Night

One Night In The City

Evil Eyes

Mystery

Eat Your Heart Out

Egypt (The Chains Are On)

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For more info, click on the link below!

http://www.audiofidelity.net

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF DIO.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

DIO ‘HOLY DIVER’ – 24 KT GOLD CD (Limited & Numbered) Releases February 14th, 2012

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

DIO Holy Diver 24 KT GOLD CD – Releasing on Valentines Day, February 14th, 2012, is a limited & numbered 24 KT Gold CD of the iconic Heavy Metal album: DIO Holy Diver. This terrific DIO collectible CD will be released via Audio Fidelity. Amazon.com is taking pre-orders at $19.87 (U.S.).

Holy Diver was originally released back in 1983 on Warner Bros. Records. I uphold Holy Diver as being one of the greatest Heavy Metal albums I’ve ever listened to. The first time I listened to this album I was a junior in High School. The awe-struck feeling that came over me as this album played for my ears, that very first time, I shall never forget.

DIO Holy Diver – Band Lineup:

Ronnie James Dio – vocals, keyboards

Vivian Campbell – guitar

Jimmy Bain – bass & keyboards

Vinny Appice – drums

* For more info on Audio Fidelity, click on the link below:

Audio Fidelity

Rest In Peace, Ronnie James Dio.

Stone.

HEMOPTYSIS – To Appear On: Heavy Metal “Gates” Soundtrack, Benefiting The Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Heavy Metal Magazine is proud to announce the final artist line-up for its soundtrack to Gates, titled Volume 1 – Ascension, whose release date has been moved to August 9, 2011. All net proceeds from the sale of the audio companion to the comic, will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

Ronnie James Dio appeared on the 1981 soundtrack for the Heavy Metal film while a member of Black Sabbath.

Hal Hefner, the creator of Heavy Metal Presents: Gates worked with artists LoveKrafty and Inside The Black to create all-new music to accompany the comic, and brought in other artists including Deltanaut, Hemoptysis and Black ‘N Blue to complete the comic’s music companion.

Hemoptysis’ frontman Masaki Murashita comments:
“It’s an honor for Hemoptysis to be included on the very first volume of the soundtrack for Gates (Volume 1Ascension). To expand upon that we’re extremely proud to be involved in a project associated with the legendary Heavy Metal Magazine, in which all proceeds will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. We hope you all purchase this killer soundtrack, and contribute to a very worthy cause”.

The complete soundtrack will be available August 9 for digital download on iTunes and AmazonMP3.

For further news and information, please visit: http://gates.heavymetal.com

ARTIST LINE-UP:

LoveKrafty
Black ‘N Blue
Inside The Black
Deltanaut
The Odd Wedding
CrimsonFaced
Jordan Reyne
Hemoptysis
Friend Slash Lover
Rusty Eye
Kevin Bryce
Nineball
Elysion
HavocHate
Elysion Fields

(Source: Hemoptysis)

* For more info on HEMOPTYSIS, click on the links below:

HEMOPTYSIS – Official Website

HEMOPTYSIS – Facebook

Masaki Murashita – Official facebook

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

DESTRUCTION – Covers A DIO Classic ‘Stand Up And Shout’ With Legendary, Unyielding Thrash Intensity!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal albums with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

DESTRUCTION – The German Thrash Metal band Destruction released their eleventh studio album on March 8th, 2011, via Nuclear Blast America. On this immensely Thrash fortified album is the cover song of the DIO classic: Stand Up And Shout. Covering a legendary classic such as this song takes Metal balls… and Destruction are legends that can deliver the Thrashin’ goods. Destruction accomplished quite the Metal feat with their cover of Stand Up And Shout, creating an all-out Thrashtastic tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio, in my Metal opinion.

With their very own legendary Thrash style on Stand Up And Shout, Destruction tears it up and kicks some legitimate Metal ass. A Metal song that will be the battle cry of Metalheads for ions to come, Stand Up And Shout!!

DESTRUCTION:

Schmier – bass & vocals

Mike – guitars

Vaaver – drums

* Stand Up And Shout is a bonus track on Day Of Reckoning.

* For more info on DESTRUCTION, click on the link below:

DESTRUCTION – Official Website

LONG LIVE DESTRUCTION.

Stone.

Ronnie James Dio and Yngwie Malmsteen: This Iconic Duo’s Cover Song Of “Dream On” Is A True Hidden Gem!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock music, guitarists, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock and roll, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Ronnie James Dio & Yngwie Malmsteen  – On May 16th, 2010, the ultra-legendary Ronnie James Dio passed away after a valiant battle with cancer. This was a day when Metal cried. Hard Rock cried. Rock and Roll cried. I cried. I’ve always lived by a wonderful thought: “Time heals all wounds”. Each time I listen to any DIO, Rainbow, ElfBlack Sabbath and Heaven & Hell song and/or album now, I realize that Ronnie James Dio’s legacy will forever live on.

On the anniversary of Ronnie James Dio passing away, I decided to listen to some of his work that I haven’t pulled out in quite awhile. I remembered having a CD titled: Guitar Gods – The Classic Rock Anthems. On this fantastic CD is a cover song of Aerosmith’s Dream On. Ronnie James Dio sings and Yngwie Malmsteen plays his amazing guitar on this cover song of Dream On. Two legends covering an iconic Rock song, written and recorded by fellow legends. Simply put… the original version and cover version of Dream On are both everlasting.

I can’t even adequately put into words, just how sensational, how riveting this cover song of Dream On is to my senses. Ronnie James Dio sings the lyrics of Dream On in such a remarkable way… it’s Ronnie James Dio. With Yngwie Malmsteen stamping his signature tone to this song, it’s hands down the single greatest cover song I have ever heard of Dream OnMetal case closed. To admit I receive countless ostrich bumps up and down my entire body whenever I listen to this cover of Dream On is real and not fantasy.

This entire CD is a MUST buy for any fan of Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock and/or Metal. If there ever was that hidden gem of a Ronnie James Dio song, then this cover of Dream On is it. If there ever was that hidden gem of a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal compilation CD, then Guitar Gods – The Classic Rock Anthems is it. Wanna know something? I found this CD at Kmart about two years ago. Kmart. Metal be thy name and kiss the F’n sky. That is no lie.

Legends are galore on this CD, with Ted Nugent giving his spin on another Aerosmith classic: Rag Doll. The Motor City Madman sings and plays his patented guitar licks on Rag Doll and it’s a hell raiser. Just look at the track listing with the respective artists below, it’s ’nuff said and ring the Metal bell for glory! This CD is so electrified with guitar legends and vocalists that it’s Metal mind boggling.

I’ll say this much: Slash and Roger Daltrey cover Alice Cooper’s Rock classic No More Mr. Nice Guy with Hard Rockin’ brilliance. Whoa, the legenday duo of Slash and Roger Daltrey make an infinite impression on my Metal soul. Steve Lukather covers Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond… it’s jaw dropping. I truly don’t know what else to say about that. An unreal CD that I have revisited and won’t be putting away again for a very, very, long time.

* Guitar Gods – The Classic Rock Anthems was released back in 2006, via Fantastic Price Records.

* Guitar Gods – The Classic Rock Anthems was mastered by Anthony Focx at Foxhole Underground Studio, Los Angeles.

* I’ve seen this CD for sale at Amazon.com for just under $10 (U.S. funds).

* For some odd reason, I can’t play this CD in my car’s CD player. Every time I slide this CD into the car’s player, it gets sent back out! WTF? However, this CD plays just fine on my home stereo system.

Track Listing:

Slash & Roger Daltrey – No More Mr. Nice Guy

Ted Nugent – Rag Doll

Jimmy Page – Burn Up

Jake E. Lee & Phil Lewis – Journey To The Center Of The Mind

Steve Lukather – Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Rick Derringer – Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo

Santana – Jingo

Pat Travers – Snortin’ Whiskey, Drinkin’ Cocaine

Michael Schenker & Leslie West – Blood Of The Sun

George Lynch – He’s A Woman, She’s A Man

Yngwie Malmsteen & Ronnie James Dio – Dream On

LONG LIVE YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

LONG LIVE EVERY ROCKIN’ CAT ON THIS CD.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

Heaven & Hell “Neon Nights – 30 Years Of Heaven & Hell – Live In Europe” Is Heavy Metal Elite

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

HEAVEN & HELL – Back in 1982, an elite group of musicians known as Black Sabbath released a double live, molasses heavy album titled: Live Evil. In 1982 those two vinyl disks were like gold, to a then sixteen year old who knew a whole lot about nothing. Going on three decades later, that Live Evil album still is gold to this same dude, who knows a little about something. Fast forward to 2007, the legendary lineup of Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) returned to public view known as Heaven & Hell, with their Live From Radio City Music Hall double live album, released on Rhino Records. This legendary foursome was back… albeit a name change. Taking on the name of one of the most prolific Heavy Metal albums ever to be recorded, Heaven & Hell was now this bands identity.

Yes, Bill Ward was the amazing drummer on that phenomenal Heaven And Hell album from 1980, a legend without discussion. However, Vinny Appice is one quarter of Heaven & Hell and always will be. I won’t dare compare the Live Evil album of ’82 to this newly released Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights, 30 Years Of Heaven & Hell, Live In Europe, (released November 16, 2010, on Armoury Records for Niji Productions). There is nothing to gain by comparing this band to itself, some three decades prior. I am not the same person I was three decades ago… the past is a memory and the future is today.

This historic Heaven & Hell concert was recorded at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, back in 2009. Yes, the late and ultra-legendary Ronnie James Dio does sound older on this newly released live album, only his vocals still gives me the same euphoric chills now as he did so many years ago. While listening to Neon Nights-Live In Europe, I realize I’m listening to a man who was a fighter, a man who was not going to back down to any illness that may invade his body. I think of my father, who is currently battling cancer, I think of his strength and will to live as well. I could only hope and pray that I can be as strong and courageous as these two amazing men.

It is the human factor that comes across so strong and vividly on this new Heaven & Hell album, I’m listening to a band that was with me all those years when I was lost and now listening to a band when I was found. The images and memories just come alive for me, as I keenly listen to this Heaven & Hell album… memories of seeing DIO on the Dream Evil tour of 1987, remembering holding, listening to and staring at my Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll album, while being introduced to real Rock ‘N’ Roll at an age where it was most important. I reflect on that first time I heard the opening riff from Tony Iommi, clearing the path for Voodoo and how it made me a believer in what Heavy Metal does for my soul.

No, this is not going to be a standardized album review of this new live Heaven & Hell album. I can’t find it appropriate in my heart or soul to give one. Instead, this album is a celebration of what these four men, these musicians, have given to me and an untold number of other fans for three decades plus… their music speaks louder to me now than it did in 1982. I’ve found my new piece of gold that I’m holding, listening to and staring at in 2010, the only difference now it being a CD, the one constant is… it’s Heaven & Hell.

* To donate to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund” and find out more about current DIO albums and merchandise, just click on the link below:

Ronnie James Dio.com

Track Listing For Neon Nights – 30 Years Of Heaven & Hell – Live In Europe:

Mob Rules

Children Of The Sea

I

Bible Black

Time Machine

Fear

Falling Off The Edge Of The World

Follow The Tears

Die Young

Heaven And Hell

Neon Knights

LONG LIVE THE MUSIC OF HEAVEN & HELL.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

DIO “At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987″ Releases November 9, 2010!

Posted in classic rock, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal music, live rock music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

DIO – The late, ultra great and infinitely legendary Ronnie James Dio will be celebrated once again, on DIO – At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987. This double live CD, power packed with 25 songs, will be released on November 9th, 2010. This extremely cool DIO double CD will be released on Niji Entertainment Group.

By looking at the track listing, (see below), there is an excellent mix of DIO, Rainbow and Black Sabbath songs on this double live CD! I can no longer pick my favorite band that Ronnie James Dio had fronted… I love each one to the fullest. Each band that Ronnie sang for had their unique style, sound and character… that can never be duplicated. Yes, this DIO release I will be purchasing without a hiccup of uncertainty. Metal be thy name.

* 1983 = DIO – Holy Diver Tour and 1987 = DIO – Dream Evil Tour.

Front Cover:

Back Cover:

Track Listing For DIO – At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987:

Disc 1 (1983):

Stand Up And Shout

Straight Through The Heart

Children Of The Sea

Rainbow In The Dark

Holy Diver

Drum Solo

Stargazer

Guitar Solo

Heaven And Hell

Man On The Silver Mountain

Starstruck

Man On The Silver Mountain (Reprise)

Disc 2 (1987):

Dream Evil

Neon Knights

Naked In The Rain

Rock And Roll Children

Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll

The Last In Line

Children Of The Sea

Holy Diver

Heaven And Hell

Man On The Silver Mountain

All The Fools Sailed Away

The Last In Line (Reprise)

Rainbow In The Dark

LONG LIVE THE MUSIC OF RONNIE JAMES DIO.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

DIO “INTERMISSION” – LIVE ALBUM FROM 1986 IS A METAL MUST!

Posted in hard rock albums, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, heavy metal songs, metal odyssey, Music, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

DIO – Released in June of 1986, DIOIntermission has always been a favorable listen for me. The lone studio track, Time To Burn is a major reason why I bought Intermission so many years ago. This song just stuck to me instantly, from the very first time I heard it on either WCCC FM or WHCN FM out of Hartford, Connecticut. The combination of the melodic hardness and lyrics of Time To Burn just never seems to dull on my Metal senses. I still get the same ostrich bumps on my arms and face when I listen to this song today. Metal be thy name. The only difference between now and then, while listening to this vintage DIO song, is that at this point in my Metal life… I don’t feel I have that much “Time To Burn” anymore.

Back in 1986, there was no such thing as itunes, so buying just the song Time To Burn was not an option for me. Buying a song or two like we do today, at any time of the day, with the click of a computer mouse, was pure Science Fiction back then. Of course I wanted the entire song package that Intermission bestowed, as of 1986 there was no official live DIO title until this album was released. Furthermore, I, like so many millions of other DIO fans, was riding the wave of incredible album releases by DIO during those early to mid 80′s… 1983′s Holy Diver, 1984′s The Last In Line and 1985′s Sacred Heart were a triple dose of Heavy Metal ecstasy and still are!

In Metal truth, Intermission can easily be referred to as an EP, with only six songs. Five of the songs are live, with of course Time To Burn being the studio track. Track five is a live medley of three songs – Rock ‘N’ Roll Children, Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll and Man On The Silver Mountain. Adding two classic Rainbow songs into the live mix, with Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll and Man On The Silver Mountain was a brilliantly cool idea from Ronnie James Dio, in my Metal opinion. These two Rainbow songs were and forever will be synonymous with Ronnie James Dio.

The overall sound quality of the live songs are well above average, you won’t be listening to a bootleg when it comes to quality. Intermission will never go down in Metal history as the greatest live album… still it is an excellent live DIO album that is a must for new fans. Old School DIO and Heavy Metal fans should already be familiar with Intermission, embracing it as much as I do could differ from one fan to the next. Ronnie James Dio left us fans with an incredible and unparalleled catalog of music. Intermission is a DIO album that captured a moment in time and is too good to ignore.

Intermission is still readily available at nearly every online music retailer, plus it sells for well under ten dollars, (U.S.), in both new and used condition. I’ve also seen Intermission on vinyl, selling in the ten dollar, (U.S.), range for both new and used condition. Adding this DIO album to your DIO or Heavy Metal Music collection is a smart Metal move… who knows for how much longer it will be in print?

Track Listing For DIO - Intermission:

King Of Rock And Roll

Rainbow In The Dark

Sacred Heart

Time To Burn (Studio Track)

Rock ‘N’ Roll Children/Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll/Man On The Silver Mountain (Medley)

We Rock

* DIO – Intermission was originally released on Warner Bros. Records in North America.

The musicians of DIO, as heard on Intermission:

Ronnie James Dio – vocals

Vivian Campbell – guitar

Jimmy Bain – bass

Vinny Appice – drums

Claude Schnell - keyboards

Craig Goldy - guitar on Time To Burn (studio track)

* Craig Goldy has been the guitarist for: Rough Cutt, Giuffria and Craig Goldy’s Ritual.

* Intermission was the official introduction of Craig Goldy as the guitarist for DIO, replacing Vivian Campbell.

* Craig Goldy is the guitarist on DIO’s studio albums: Dream Evil (1987), Magica (2000) and Master Of The Moon (2004).

* You can check out more info on Craig Goldy by clicking on the link below:

CRAIG GOLDY – MySpace Music Page

* After leaving DIO, Vivian Campbell joined Whitesnake in 1987 for their World Tour, through 1988. Vivian Campbell went on to play guitar on Lou Gramm’s 1989 solo album – Long Hard Look. He also played guitar for Riverdogs and Shadow King before joining Def Leppard in 1993. The Def Leppard album from 1993, Retro Active, was Vivian Campbell’s first appearance as guitarist with them.

Stone.

RONNIE JAMES DIO – A TRUE HEAVY METAL WARRIOR!

Posted in 1980's heavy metal bands, 1980's heavy metal music, 1980's heavy metal songs, 1980's heavy metal videos, 1980's metal bands, 1980's metal music, 1984 heavy metal music, 1990's heavy metal bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal albums, heavy metal albums 1984, heavy metal bands, heavy metal history, heavy metal legends, heavy metal music, heavy metal music 1984, heavy metal videos, heavy metal vocalists, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, old school heavy metal, old school heavy metal bands, rock music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

RONNIE JAMES DIO – The prolific and ultra legendary lead singer for bands: Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, DIO and currently Heaven & Hell. A Heavy Metal warrior is Ronnie James Dio… in my Metal opinion. I grew up following Ronnie James Dio, as countless other Old School Metal fans did as well. Without question, the Heaven And Hell and Mob Rules albums from the Dio fronted Black Sabbath are Heavy Metal benchmarks, never to be duplicated and only to be revered. Thanks to these two albums, 1980 and 1981 were a time when Heavy Metal shed away any identity crisis and made a lasting mark on the world. Ronnie James Dio, through his vocals and lyrics, gave Heavy Metal a new found darkness that I couldn’t resist, from Man On The Silver Mountain to Lady Evil to Mystery.

A new DIO album always incited the Heavy Metal psyche within me… the anticipation of hearing Dio’s vocals once again, on all new songs. I could probably carry on for another five thousand words, explaining just how personally important Dio’s vocals and lyrics have meant to me, throughout the decades. As the years have gone by, I never have taken for granted any of my favorite bands or musicians. I couldn’t think of it. I always feel lucky when I get to see a band I like, live and onstage. Seeing DIO years ago at The New Haven Coliseum was a Metal thrill, (seeing Savatage and Megadeth open up for DIO made it a triple Metal thrill too). Best Metal Buddy Scott and friend Rob should remember that evening… they left me stranded in a dark, cold and foreboding New Haven alley while I was taking a leak, after the concert. Gee Metal whiz… no pun intended. I found my way home though… fellow Metalheads are always eager to lend aid to one another in time of need.

There isn’t a week that goes by, where I don’t listen to part of or a whole album that Ronnie James Dio is lead singer on. It’s just been that way… and I hope it never stops.

What makes Ronnie James Dio so special is his ability to connect through song… his lyrics come to life if you let your Metal mind wander. Plus, Ronnie James Dio is a fighter… that’s what being a Metalhead is and always will be about.

I always and forever will love the DIO album – The Last In Line, (from 1984), especially the title track. Yes, the video for The Last In Line may have been outdone over the years with newfound special effects and video technology… still, this music video brings back some very cool Metal memories for me. I hope you enjoy this unreal great DIO song as much as I do… if so, crank it up LOUD and raise the horns to the air!

LONG LIVE RONNIE JAMES DIO!

Stone.

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