Okay, so watching streamed performances over the internet isn’t the best way to enjoy live shows. That’s a given. Every one of us would rather be in the middle of a sweaty moshpit, getting drunk with friends while being accidentally kicked in the head by overenthusiastic crowd surfers. Yes you would. Don’t lie.
Heavy metal Queen and acclaimed Blues artist Lisa Mann, a.k.a. White Crone has paid tribute ot the great Ronnie James Dio on what would have been his 79th Birthday. Mann covered Rainbow’s classic “Stargazer” in an epic performance of the track, befitting the legend. This is her first new music since releasing her album The Poisoner in 2020. Stream her cover now!
On Saturday July 10th, the Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday, Global Virtual Concert produced by Rolling Live Studios, has added a wealth of talent to the already star-studded lineup that will bring together unusual musical pairings for one-of-a-kind performances, special birthday messages and artist interviews. the event, hosted on rollinglivestudios.com beginning at 2:00pm pacific time (pdt). The event, taking place on what would have been the Metal icon’s 79th birthday, will benefit the ronnie james dio stand up and shout cancer fund (www.diocancerfund.org), founded in memory of the late heavy metal icon who was the voice of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio before losing his battle with gastric cancer in 2010.
On July 27th, the long in the works biography of Ronnie James Dio, which hew was working on at the time of his death will be released. Coming from Permuted Press in the U.S. and Canada and Constable in the U.K. and co-written with British music journalist Mick Wall and Dio’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio, “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography” is now available for pre-order at the link below. Dio, the voice of his solo band, Elf, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath is arguably the greatest metal singer in history, and propelled the genre forward with his talents, and his representing metal culture to the masses.
While Black Sabbath fans tend to agree on most things, the argument over singers Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio still rages on. Just who was the better frontman? Most will obviously side with the former but there are still those who insist Dio will always be number one. Ozzy was responsible for six of the finest albums in the annals of heavy metal but Dio rescued that same band (at least temporarily) from total collapse with two hugely important albums of his own.
Originally released back in 2005 (although a DVD had come out a couple of years before), Evil or Divine – Live in New York City (BMG) was recorded on Dio‘s 2002 world tour and still holds up as a great live representation of the band at that point. Promoting the Killing the Dragon (Spitfire) album, the title track is joined by ‘Push’, ‘Rock & Roll’ and ‘Guilty’, with ‘Fever Dreams’ and ‘Lord of the Last Day’ from Magica (Spitfire) making up the rest of their more modern entries.
Celebrating 50 years in the music business, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker has recruited a wide selection of different musicians on the latest release, Immortal (Nuclear Blast), a hard-edged rock album that perfectly showcases his talent and versatility. With Ronnie Romero (Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) acting as the main singer, the vocal side is bolstered by the likes of Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), the record’s co-producer Michael Voss (Mad Max) and former Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner.
Ronnie James Dio is getting a comic book! Z2, the premier destination for top quality music-based comics and graphic novels, has teamed up with the Ronnie James Dio estate to create a comic book based on the cover art of DIO’s classic debut album, Holy Diver. Tentatively due in the summer of 2021, “Ronnie James Dio’s Holy Diver” will be created by legends like writer by Steve Niles, with art by Scott Hampton and cover by Bill Sienkiewicz. The news of the Dio comic book was broken by Ronnie’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio during an appearance on the latest episode of Syfy Wire’s “Metal Crush”.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (https://www.diocancerfund.org), founded in memory of the late rock legend, will commemorate what would have been Dio’s 78th birthday on July 10 with a video in which rock music celebrities talk about what Ronnie and his music has meant to them. Dio lost his months-long battle with gastric cancer 10 years ago, and the charity founded after his passing has raised more than $2 million to fight the disease that took his life. Largely compiled from red carpet interviews with celebrity guests at various Dio Cancer Fund events, including the 10th Anniversary Awards Gala held at the Avalon in Hollywood in February (see our coverage here) just before the pandemic shutdown, the video contains special video messages from Rob Halford and Geezer Butler, who were close friends of Dio’s. Among those also expressing their thoughts are Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Rudy Sarzo, Craig Goldy, Scott Warren, Simon Wright and Vinny Appice of the Dio band, Fred Coury, Robbie Crane and Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders, Ahmet Zappa, Joey Vera, Glenn Hughes, Jeff Pilson, Doug Aldrich, Terry Ilous and Eddie Trunk, who hosts most of the Dio Cancer Fund events.Continue reading
Pantera, Down, and En Minor singer Philip H. Anselmo shared a new video with Revolver Magazine to discuss the best metal singers ever. He mentioned Rob “The Metal God” Halford and Ronnie James Dio. Yesterday (May 16th, 2020) marked the tenth anniversary of Dio’s death from cancer. Anselmo has always cited Halford as an influence, as evidenced by his early work in Pantera. Continue reading