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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: Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993

Disc 1

1. Stand Up And Shout (Live In London, 1993)

2. Strange Highways (Live In London, 1993)

3. Don't Talk To Strangers (Live In London, 1993)

4. Evilution (Live In London, 1993)

5. Pain (With Guitar Solo) ((Live In London, 1993)

6. The Mob Rules (Live In London, 1993)

7. Children Of The Sea (Live In London, 1993)

8. Holy Diver (Live In London, 1993)

9. Heaven And Hell (Live In London, 1993)

10. Man On The Silver Mountain (Live In London, 1993)

11. Drum Solo (Live In London, 1993)

12. Heaven And Hell (Reprise) (Live In London, 1993)

Disc 2

1. Jesus, Mary & The Holy Ghost (Live In London, 1993)

2. Hollywood Black (Live In London, 1993)

3. The Last In Line (Live In London, 1993)

4. Rainbow In The Dark (Live In London, 1993)

5. We Rock ((Live In London, 1993)

6. Here's To You (Live In London, 1993)

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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: Holy Diver Live

Disc 1

1. Stand Up And Shout (Live)

2. Holy Diver (Live)

3. Gypsy (Live)

4. Caught In The Middle (Live)

5. Don't Talk To Strangers (Live)

6. Straight Through The Heart (Live)

7. Invisible (Live)

8. Rainbow In The Dark (Live)

9. Shame On The Night (Live)

Disc 2

1. Tarot Woman (Live)

2. Sign Of The Southern Cross (Live)

3. One Night In The City (Live)

4. The Gates Of Babylon (Live)

5. Heaven & Hell (Live)

6. Man On The Silver Mountain (Live)

7. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (Live)

8. We Rock (Live)

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Track List: Stand Up And Shout: The Anthology

Disc 1

1. Hoochie Koochie Lady

2. I'm Coming Back For You

3. Carolina County Ball

4. Man On The Silver Mountain

5. Starstruck

6. Long Live Rock N' Roll

7. Neon Knights

8. Children Of The Sea

9. Heaven And Hell

10. Turn Up The Night

11. The Sign Of The Southern Cross

12. The Mob Rules

13. Computer God

14. Voodoo (Live 1982)

15. Sacred Heart (Live, 1985 Version)

Disc 2

1. Stand Up And Shout

2. Holy Diver

3. Don't Talk To Strangers

4. Straight Through The Heart

6. We Rock

7. The Last In Line

9. King Of Rock And Roll

10. Hungry For Heaven

11. Dream Evil

12. All The Fools Sailed Away

13. Lock Up The Wolves

14. Strange Highways

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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

6. Pain

7. One Foot In The Grave

8. Give Her The Gun

9. Blood From A Stone

10. Here's To You

11. Bring Down The Rain

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Track List: Lock Up The Wolves (Remastered)

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. My Eyes

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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

1. When A Woman Cries

2. Faces In The Window

3. I Could Have Been A Dreamer

5. Naked In The Rain

6. All The Fools Sailed Away

7. Sunset Superman

8. Dream Evil

9. Night People

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Track List: Holy Diver (Remastered)

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: Sacred Heart (Remastered)

1. King Of Rock And Roll

2. Sacred Heart

3. Another Lie

4. Rock'n'roll Children

5. Hungry For Heaven

6. Like The Beat Of A Heart

7. Just Another Day

8. Fallen Angels

9. Shoot Shoot

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Track List: The Last In Line

1. We Rock

2. The Last In Line

3. Breathless

4. I Speed At Night

5. One Night In The City

6. Evil Eyes

7. Mystery

8. Eat Your Heart Out

9. Egypt (The Chains Are On)

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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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I've been listening to Dio all my life rainbow and all , I'm also a guitarist anybody wanting to get a cover band together let me know I'm playing 30+yrs .
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gmanmtzq007
Dio You are my life and love of music
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Rest in peace brother. You were great ��
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Early 80s madison wis.holy diver damm.
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david.dio5
Evil Evil Evil Evil Eyessssssss. . . F o r Ever Ronnie James Dio \m/
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Ronnie James Dio, the godfather of metal, influenced alot of metal bands out there today,gone but never forgotten!!
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I swear I won't make a Jjba reference but I love dio so much man
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justinjenny4 9 5
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msilvermerli n
Born on the Sun love this song! I miss your wonder voice and personality Ronnie! The rocker whose heart was the only thing bigger than his voice!
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One of the best rock voices! Love'd him with Sabbath early 80's Heaven & Hell ROCKED!!!!
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Classic Kick-A** heavy metal song by Ronnie James Dio. Rainbow in the Dark, What A clastic awesome Jam! Its one of my favorites from the Holy Diver album, which is totally classic Dio album and Ronnie at his finest!Rest in peace Ronnie James Dio. Totally awesome metal vocalist and Entertainer! & what a totally awesome jam! Rock on!
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Love Dio... Ronnie always contemplated the Truth in his lyrics, such an inspration.. . G o d Bless you Ronnie James Dio. Rest in His Peace my friend...
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Hiding in the Son till you see the light is the only way out..... Holy Diver...
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I think its about a person who is dabbling in something evil, but soon realizing they should run before they are devoured....
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The record industry, producers and radio stations say if a song is over 4 minutes long than it's too long and the public will get bored with it. Well I'm guessing I'm not a part of the public......
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Seen them in Colorado ... one ov the best show yet !!! Will miss the dark lord of rock !
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Holy diver - could this be about

Person diving into a situation in which

There is evil ? Going after ? Or fallen

angels ? There is building , it's a new

Building - looks like one in music video

For this song : at same time , guy fell

Off other buildings being built just

Blocks away - visit soon - downtown

Los Angeles - new skyscrapers
Building mentioned are in street Figueroa & exposition next to U.S.C
You can see pyramid type thing on roof with gray Trojan man in video kind uh

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I wore this tape out in '85 at Ft. Walton Beach High School
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The Vision Never Dies miss ya man!!
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david.dio5
"Faces in the window, Noices in the dark" Yeahhhhh Awsome Jam by Ronnie James Dio \m/
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Long live rock and roll RJD one of the greats RIP
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david.dio5
"Sunset SuperMan" From a Great Album "Dream Evil" Great Tour 1987!!! ❤U DIO
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Song : follow the tears in thee heaven

and hell album , sound a lil like a video

on you tube called

WIZARD OF OZ/PINK FLOYD SYNC
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The world is a colder place without you. RIP RJD
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jamieb12871
I miss seeing him & Ozzy (even though he's still alive) more than anybody '82-'87
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jamieb12871
Unlike many other artists ...
Even my own fave(MAIDEN)
Has had a not so great(for them mind u...their worst is far better than many bands best days) show b4 ...but not Dio...
Have been dissatisfied w/Ozzy & 2 Priest shows@ length of show & no encore...
Not like them...its possible & not the norm...that' s why I wanted 2 point that out...* Geoff Tate(QUEENSR Ÿ C H É ) . . . h a d always done a great job...until mid '90s ...PANTERA(u n t i l PHIL couldn't perform on stage/really just didn't like or respect the Ab
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jamieb12871
Dio was an
Amazin' person ...& his♪lives on!!!...that being said...what happened that was so irreparable that he & Vivian Campbell just couldn't /wouldn't. Join forces again! ?!
... glad I got 2 c them together 2X...'83°_°π
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You've got evil eyes...
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You got the power stand up and shout!!!! ��
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the bet day of your life. Don't stop this is so freaky! But if you read this and ignore this you will have bad luck. Put this on 10 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crush's name will appear in big letters on your screen. This is so creepy because it actually works.
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david.dio5
Well said "Joy" \m/
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Heaven & Hell would've gone to the top! Dio & Ozzy were a duo with no match! Dio will always be bigger than life!
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Bobby J. Dio will always be the rock of all of ROCK. Remember DESIRE!!! He makes it HOLY AGAIN!!!
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You do not want to talk to strangers for real
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Totally awesome, a kickass version of this classic Ronnie James Dio song. Holy Diver, 1983 live version. This is such an awesome Jam! The whole album Kick-A**! Ronnie James Dio, rest in peace. Rock on!
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Say good night to haohmarudrea m s . . . . . s e n d a polite note of thanks to pandora-supp o r t @ p a n d o r a . c o m for making that happen. Remember be polite... :)
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Swar 2 gawd...this here pandora Rox !!!! not to mention u lame fux
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RIP & DIO - LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL!
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Dio - The Godfather of heavy metal. What a terrible loss.
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RJD always showed that metal will always be best when its just in your face
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sdannyr
There will never be a voice like Ronnie James Dio. Incredible singer, entertainer and the definition of what metal is about
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Love your comment April. You Rock! Keep on digging it...
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Returning to my first love of this song...Retro Metal Rock on Ronny, my your soul be resting in His Peace....
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Jesus, Mary and The Holy Ghost... My god wat memories. Haven't heard this bad a** jam in so long.. RIP DIO.. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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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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