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Dio

For a brief spell during the mid-'80s, the heavy metal quintet Dio were one of the top U.S. concert attractions, boasting one of the most over the top stage acts of its time loaded with props and special effects (lasers, explosions, a giant dragon, etc.). The group's leader was singer Ronnie James Dio, who had previously become acquainted with the metal masses as the frontman of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow from 1975-1978 and Black Sabbath from 1979-1982. Come the early '80s, Ronnie James was ready to finally head out on his own, forming Dio and recruiting a stellar backing band, consisting of a few former bandmembers, ex-Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain and ex-Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice (Carmine Appice's brother), in addition to ex-Sweet Savage guitar shredder Vivian Campbell. Lyrically, the group would retain the same subject matter that Ronnie James specialized in with his previous outfits (dungeons and dragons, swords and sorcery, damsels in distress, etc.), but musically, Dio were more melodically based than Rainbow or Sabbath. The group scored a hit right off the bat with its 1983 debut release, Holy Diver, which spawned such popular MTV videos as "Rainbow in the Dark," as well as its title track.

For their sophomore effort, 1984's The Last in Line, the band expanded its lineup to include keyboardist Claude Schnell, as the album would become the biggest hit of Dio's career (on the strength of another MTV-approved video, for the album's anthemic title track) and the group became an arena headliner. Although Dio's next release, 1985's Sacred Heart, was commercially successful, Campbell had become disillusioned by the group's direction and split from the group a year later. Just prior to Campbell's exit, the entire Dio band helped organize Hear n' Aid, an all-star assembly of heavy metal artists that recorded a track called "Stars," which helped fight world hunger (a subsequent album was issued as well, collecting previously unreleased live tracks from a few of the day's top hard rock acts). Former Giuffria guitarist Craig Goldy took Campbell's place, resulting in such releases as 1986's live EP Intermission and 1987's Dream Evil, which retained the group's headbanging audience, but failed to expand upon it as its previous releases had.

By 1990's Lock Up the Wolves, Ronnie James Dio was the only original member of Dio left in attendance as the band's lineup continued to fluctuate throughout the '90s on such releases as 1994's Strange Highways, 1996's Angry Machines, and 1998's Inferno: Last in Live (Ronnie James took a brief break from Dio in 1992 to rejoin Black Sabbath for a lone release, Dehumanizer). In 2000, a pair of Dio releases emerged; first was Dio's first new studio album in four years, the concept album Magica (which saw past members Bain and Goldy return to the group), as well as a 16-track compilation titled The Very Beast of Dio. His medieval-themed metal returned two years later, when the Killing the Dragon album arrived in the spring of 2002. The album was a serious endeavor, but Dio also learned to make fun of his image after years of defending it, inviting comedy duo Tenacious D to star in the video for "Push" and even including the clip on the fall re-release of Killing the Dragon.

In the mid-2000s Dio the man and the band returned with the studio album Master of the Moon and the live Evil or Divine, but by 2006 the band had been sidelined upon the announcement that Ronnie James would be joining Heaven & Hell, a group reuniting the singer with his late-era Sabbath brethren Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice and named after the first Sabbath recording (released in 1980) that featured him as frontman. Heaven & Hell toured in the late 2000s and released a live (Live from Radio City Music Hall) and a studio (Devil You Know) recording, but by November of 2009 it was announced that the singer was suffering from stomach cancer, and Heaven & Hell subsequently canceled their summer 2010 touring plans. Ronnie James Dio succumbed to the disease on May 16, 2010, in Houston, TX. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Finding The Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986

Disc 1

1. Draco Ignis

2. King Of Rock And Roll

3. Like The Beat Of A Heart

4. Don't Talk To Strangers

5. Hungry For Heaven

6. The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (Reprise)

7. Drum Solo

8. Heaven And Hell

9. Keyboard Solo

10. Guitar Solo

Disc 2

1. Sacred Heart

2. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain

3. Time To Burn

4. Stand Up And Shout

5. Rainbow In The Dark

6. We Rock

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Track List: The Very Beast Of Dio

1. Stand Up And Shout

2. Holy Diver

3. Rainbow In The Dark

4. Straight Through The Heart

5. We Rock

6. The Last In Line

7. Mystery

8. King Of Rock And Roll

9. Sacred Heart

10. Hungry For Heaven

11. Rock 'N' Roll Children

12. Man On The Silver Mountain (Live)

13. Dream Evil

14. I Could Have Been A Dreamer

15. Lock Up The Wolves

16. Strange Highways

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Track List: Strange Highways

1. Jesus, Mary And The Holy Ghost

3. Strange Highways

4. Hollywood Black

5. Evilution

10. Here's To You

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Track List: Lock Up The Wolves

1. Wild One

2. Born On The Sun

3. Hey Angel

4. Between Two Hearts

5. Night Music

6. Lock Up The Wolves

7. Evil On Queen Street

8. Walk On Water

9. Twisted

10. Why Are They Watching Me

11. My Eyes

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Track List: Dream Evil

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Track List: Sacred Heart

1. King Of Rock And Roll

2. Sacred Heart

5. Hungry For Heaven

6. Like The Beat Of A Heart

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Track List: The Last In Line

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Track List: Holy Diver

1. Stand Up And Shout

2. Holy Diver

3. Gypsy

4. Caught In The Middle

5. Don't Talk To Strangers

6. Straight Through The Heart

7. Invisible

8. Rainbow In The Dark

9. Shame On The Night

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Track List: Holy Diver Live

1. Stand Up and Shout

2. Holy Diver

3. Gypsy

4. Caught in the Middle

5. Don't Talk to Strangers

6. Straight Through the Heart

7. Invisible

8. Rainbow in the Dark

9. Shame On the Night

14. Heaven and Hell

15. Man On the Silver Mountain

16. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll

17. We Rock

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Right on @david.dio5.
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The Last in Line... Can dig it man...
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Monsters of Rock 1984 Karlsrule West Germany while in the Army, awesome concert.
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I love the dragon playset dio had
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us metal fans rock
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holy diver
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david.dio5
Yes Pale Rider, True Indeed! How ever i maintained a Fan of Dio till he died and saw him live many times! R.i.o Dio..we miss you
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Takes me back to a time when I was a teenager & when this song 1st came out.
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Long live RJD's metal! We love you. Ronnie
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jphelps15116
Beats the hell out of much of the s**t being put out today! 25+ years later and we're still here!
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In 100 years Dio will rise from the sea again
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Maybe my favorite track from RJ Dio (Stand Up & Shout)!!
Ferocious guitar work from Vivian Campbell!!
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DIO HOLOGRAM CONCERT IN GERMANY LAST WEEK! YOUTUBE IT!!
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msilvermerli n
GOTTA TO LOVE THE LITTLE GUY! :) MISS YOU RONNIE!! \m/ \m/
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Rock in heaven... Thank you mr. Dio
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Ronnie James Dio always R.i.p. Your songs will be never die
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Man on The Silver Mountain Forever !! Ronnie James!!!
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david.dio5
Sing Ronnie Sing, Your A SINGER\m/
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And the last in line, by Dio from the Same album. This live album Kicks a**! Dio at his finest! Rock on!
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Awesome live version of the last in line by Ronnie James Dio. totally rocks a**, awesome! Rest in peace Ronnie. Dio rules! Rock on!
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In Italian da word Dio means God he is truly 1 of da Rock God's dat will live forever Gone but will never be forgotten
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The kids nowadays don't know anything about true metal front men rjd was the best one besides Lemmy
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Dio Google it you'll be surprised
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Does anybody else noticed that guitar solos Out Of Tune
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Love the videos when he's on the roof in London My name is Sue how do you do
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R ip
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Worship the Horned Beast and feast on the flesh of the innocent. Drive the weak before you as you wreak havoc upon the land and sky. The ashes of the old gods will choke the wretched survivors as we march towards our inevitable decent in to the abyss. The endless void will welcome you and transform your earthly core to darkness. Hear the cloven hooves clatter amongst the bones to the cacophony of our coming.
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"The very Beast of" coverart changed...
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\m/ (-_-) \m/
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WELL YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE DO YA.
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Dio willl always stand tall with the best.... His place was reserved for Him long before He graced the world with His existence! (RIP)
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jamieb12871
Holy Diver
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Za Warudo
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I'll listen to Ronnie James D I O till I die ��
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Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life. It's a great tribute album, Shame it's not on Pandora
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\ ^ ^ | 2nd annual ride for cancer

awareness & such Sunday May 22nd

2016 | ^ ^ /
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DIOCANCERFUN D . o r g
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RIP Dio.
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I think Pandora needs to fix the track's name Eat your hear out to Eat your heart out XD
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jamieb12871
STILL THE BEST
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The best
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If his music can still be played , is he still the best ?
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I Luv This live version Black Sabbath and dio Heaven and Hell, what a kick-a** Jam it's just awesome! Sabbath and dio rule! Rock on!
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