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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

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

2. Fire Head

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

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

4. Over Love

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: Sacred Heart

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 Hear 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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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)

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)

6. Man On The Silver Mountain (Live)

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

8. We Rock (Live)

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awareness & such Sunday May 22nd

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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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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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DIO was the best.
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Do u need a kick as drummer/w impeccable timing, label quality, studio expert …..
( Not playing games) lol,/see for urself. Only contact me if you're going to do big things. Peace out man the name is Ray Flores
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Ive BEEN A BAD BAD girl all cuz of u punk a** things insideLEAVE ME ALONE already im ruined go on to someone else now and what opened the door drugn n rock
Got ur way carry on
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RAINBOW.
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MY 1ST KNOWN INTRODUCTION 2 THE MAN THE MYTH THE MYSTERY ..
I'm sure I somehow heard him@least on HEAVY METAL '79('83) if ur ever curious about great music listen 2 THE bands y like...then each band has@least3 influences
. Then √ out 3 of their influences ...you'd b amazed...may b e even understand music...perh a p s even ur elders lol
Somehow I don't think so
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elf is cool
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what about elf
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me too. ronnie was nice.
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I miss Ronnie.��
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Love Dio
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This is my fav song my buds too. Hotttt what do u think this song is about. Love thid
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My fav song
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Dio rules! I love his voice. He sings with a lot of power and conviction. One of the greatest frontmen of all time.
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Ummm... There's a link here to follow RJD
I am not interested in following him.
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dio needs his own statue. just like shep from the daft punk anime.
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Part of the mount Rushmore of metal front men, with Lemmy of course.
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Still one of my favorite riffs of all time!!
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Dio has one hell of a voice for a midget. Just by hearing him you"d think he was twelve foot tall.
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The Last In Line featuring Vivian Campbell / Jimmy Bain/Vinny Appice/ Claude Schnell /Andrew Freeman just released Heavy Crown a great album.
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Doesn't Phil Anselmo sing for Dio?
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