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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, Rovi
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Rock on
We ROCK great song. Miss ya Dio ur music lives on. ROCK ON EVERYONE
Joan Jett is going into the rock and roll hall of fame.
Fire in the sky is a good movie
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary. Put on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary
I'm getting the vhs to Sacred Heart next month. Most likely.
too*
Loius Gosset Jr. taught me how to fly to
Samurai Spirits The Ovas are kicking more a**.
Inuyasha Final Act kicked a** tonight
Aliens Armageddon is a good game. I got a Roman Reigns action figure today.
So...where's the blue master of the moon from Samurai Spirits the movie ? Ankoshin Ambroja. the master of the moon is a girl.
The best rock vocalist maybe. For metal it's Mustaine.
R.J.D.. best rock vocalist EVER
Sacred Heart
Dio isn't as small as Bjork and Shakira
I got 2 Shakira cds today
10 pack box of garbage pail kids.
lasiter803
Rainbow in the Dark
Vanessa Carlton had her baby last night
Somewhere nowhere On
I've seen Dio live in concert and saw him at a restaurant once, both in the same city. And I'm only 16 right now
I got saw 4 back on dvd
I bet you guys beat legend of zelda Link's awakening for dio.
Hell yeah
This song is massive r.i.p. dio
I'm watching mk on cinemax
I'm watching Britney Spears on fuse in the movie Crossroads.
The Caboki hair restorer on youtube.
Where's the original cd cover to master of the moon ? Dio's Final album before going to elf land.
straight through the heart is an okay song. Nothing I'd call Cannibal Corpse.
rainbow in the dark
Miss the live shows DIO.... they were truly magic floating in the air A rainbow in the dark
R. J. DIO is a little guy with the lungs of a Viking. Great music. The old days when shows were lit up with laser light shows. Bands like DIO and Iron Maiden had mind blowing stages.. Holy Diver and Last in line were great tours..
Please watch the 12 minute version of Sacred Heart. The Dragon's red heart is a sword of fire.
But it was really me, Dio!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! ROCK on like we all do
Heaven and Hell live a true Classic! Miss ya Dio ur music lives on in all our hearts. ROCK ON EVERYONE and Happy New Year
Ho ho ho
God Bless Ronnie yes his voice and music will last till the end of time
My dad's first concert was dio at sixteen years old he said he never partied so hard in his hole life like that night he's 47 now rip dio ronnie
The new metal is terrible - EXCEPT Stained (Not Metal) - Avenged Sevenfold
THE TWO most underrated albums of ALL time Heaven & Hell & The Mob Rules
In order Greatest Vocalists (Metal Genre) - Dickinson, Tate, Dio, Halford - Don't laugh (non metal) Steve Perry - although he lacked Dickinson & Dio's deep romps
RIP R.J.D..... I am sure you captured your rainbows on the Silver Mountain By Now. My eyes are bleeding Mr. Stargazer... . . . M i s s ya much brother!!!!
The day at the cottonbowl in DALLAS TX .Will always be in the universe as we will RONNIE LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL .! L4TM !!! ! 7
69 not with Bon Scott, ya dumb f**k!
Dio is much better than ozzy
Here's to you One More For The Road!
DIO!?
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