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|Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - New Ronnie James Dio Compilation Set To Be Released
|A new Ronnie James Dio compilation album, titled "Mightier Than The Sword: The Ronnie James Dio Story", will be released in the U.K. on June 6 via Sanctuary Music. The track listing is as follows:
01. Carolina County Ball (ELF)
02. Love Is All (RONNIE JAMES DIO)
03. The Temple Of The King (RAINBOW)
04. Catch The Rainbow (RAINBOW)
05. Stargazer (RAINBOW)
06. Run With The Wolf (RAINBOW)
07. Kill The King (RAINBOW)
08. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (RAINBOW)
09. Lady Of The Lake (RAINBOW)
10. Gates Of Babylon (RAINBOW)
11. Die Young (BLACK SABBATH)
12. Heaven And Hell (BLACK SABBATH)
13. Children Of The Sea (BLACK SABBATH)
01. The Mob Rules (BLACK SABBATH)
02. Voodoo (BLACK SABBATH)
03. Country Girl (BLACK SABBATH)
04. Holy Diver (DIO)
05. Rainbow In The Dark (DIO)
06. We Rock (DIO)
07. Rock 'N' Roll Children (DIO)
08. All The Fools Sailed Away (DIO)
09. I (BLACK SABBATH)
10. Push (DIO)
11. One More For The Road (DIO)
12. Shadow Of The Wind (BLACK SABBATH)
13. Neon Knights (HEAVEN & HELL)
14. Bible Black (HEAVEN & HELL)
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|Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fund Raises Over $450k
|The Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout" Cancer Fund, which was founded in memory of the late singer who died in 2010, has raised over $450,000 for cancer research. Later this year, the fund will team up with Christie's, an international company that offers art auctions and private sales to clients, for a guitar and bass auction in New York City, with all proceeds going to the fund. Almost 100 instruments have been donated, including guitars from many superstars such as Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Sting, Metallica Slayer and Geddy Lee.
Created by Ronnie's wife/manager Wendy, the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout" Cancer Fund is committed to the early detection and prevention of cancer through facilitating access to medical screening and medical educational programs. The fund supports programs designed to integrate medical knowledge into local communities such as cancer screening programs, education on nutrition in cancer prevention, exercise and overall wellness. The goal of the fund is to reduce the risk of developing life-threatening cancers by offering access to preventative medical services. Furthering the commitment for patients to access to quality medical care related to cancer, the fund seeks to assist families burdened by the cost of caring for loved ones with cancer.
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|Friday, December 3, 2010 - Final Ronnie James Dio Track To Be Released
|A new song which Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven And Hell, Rainbow) nearly completed before his death will be released next year, according to former Dio member Craig Goldy.
In an interview with the U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine he said: "We were working on tracks for a new Dio album just before Ronnie died in May. And we did almost finish one song Wendy (Dio, Ronnie's widow/manager)has been talking about reissuing the "Magica" album (originally released in 2000) with bonus tracks, including this one." He adds, "The thing is that the lyrics deal with what Ronnie was going through at the time, when he was battling cancer. So now they are very emotional. It's hard to listen without a lump in your throat."
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|Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Details Released
|In lieu of flowers, Wendy Dio has asked that donations be made to the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund." We have a PayPal link set up at www.ronniejamesdio.com
The Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout" Cancer Fund mission statement is as follows:
"The "Stand Up And Shout" Cancer Fund was formed to bring awareness and...education about cancer with the understanding that cancer screening and prevention is of vital importance in avoiding this deadly disease that robs familiesof their loved ones.
The philosophy stems from the notion that "Knowledge Equals Power." Cancer screening allows people to effectively plan strategies to deal with the disease early on and affords a better chance to overcome the cancer.
The fund is committed to providing free cancer screening programs and testing to all people regardless of their ability to pay.
The foundation will support community outreach programs and help provide the necessary equipment and personnel to test and screen people for cancer.
The fund also provides financial support to those individuals and families afflicted with cancer that cannot access treatment due to the overwhelming financial burden of medical treatments."
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|Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Geezer Butler Speaks About Ronnie James Dio
|Bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell) has released the following statement regarding the passing of legendary singer and bandmate Ronnie James Dio:
"It's impossible to express in mere words the relationship Ronnie and I, Wendy and my wife Gloria had. He was much more than a friend, fellow musician, band mate. If I have a soul, then he is part of it. I truly believe God, fate, destiny, whatever it's called, brought us together again in 2006, after not seeing each other for 14 years, to do one final tour, which turned into three major tours and an album. We were having a blast together, enjoying each other's company more than we had ever done before, talking about maybe doing one more album, when fate intervened again. We were planning on doing a two- or three-part North American tour, after having toured South America and Europe in spring/summer 2009, but on the first leg of the North American tour, Tony's (Iommi) hand ligaments were in a bad way, Vinny's (Appice) shoulder became dislocated, and Ronnie was having terrible stomach pains. We decided to cut the tour, get healthy, and carry on the following year. Tony and Vinny had successful procedures to fix their ailments, but Ronnie's stomach pains were worsening. I saw him at the Dio Halloween party, but he wasn't drinking, unusual for Ronnie who liked his tipple. He was telling me he had made an appointment with a specialist, to see what it was.....
Wednesday, 12th May 2010.
Wendy invited Gloria and I to lunch in Santa Barbara. A few close friends of Ronnie and Wendy, Omar, Simon, Paul, Tim, and Diana, had dropped by. Ronnie had no appetite whatsoever - the disease and the chemotherapy were taking an immense toll. As usual, we talked sports and had a laugh together - it would be the last time. That night, I had a beautiful email from him, that I will treasure forever. I sent him an email saying I'd see him during the following week.
Friday, 14th May 2010.
Wendy called to say she had taken Ronnie to hospital. The pain had become unbearable. We got to the hospital around 2 p.m. The doctor eventually sedated him. More and more friends were coming to visit - we took it in turns to hold Ronnie's hand, and whisper our thoughts to him. Wendy wouldn't leave his side - she stayed curled up on his bed the whole night. Gloria's assistant, Debi, kept her company. I emailed Tony to prepare him for bad news.
Saturday, 15th May 2010.
There was no mistaking Ronnie's room. There were around 25 to 30 friends outside his room. We knew the end was imminent. We all wanted to say our goodbyes. It was a day filled with tears and reflection. In the evening, the chaplain came, and we all gathered around Ronnie's bed and prayed. Ronnie wasn't going easily. At 11 p.m., most of us left, leaving Wendy her privacy to say her last farewell. The devastation was palpable.
Sunday, 16th May 2010.
7.46 a.m. As we were preparing to leave for the hospital, Gloria called Wendy to see if she wanted a coffee or any breakfast - she broke the sad news. Ronnie had just passed away.
Wendy Dio has been a true saint through all this. She has been with Ronnie every step of the way. Her courage has amazed us all. Even as I write, she is ensuring Ronnie has the finest send-off possible. God bless you, Wendy.
Most people who were there for those last days chose to keep their thoughts private. I wanted to keep my thoughts private, too, but I've been overwhelmed by emails, and requests from the media and fans for comments.
I can truly say I've never known anyone to have such loyal, loving friends, fans, and family as Ronnie. He really was a special person, blessed with a unique voice and presence. He loved his fans - he would stay meeting and talking to them until the early hours of the morning.
One of my fondest memories of him comes from last year, at the Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth. He noticed my sister and her husband at the side of the stage. During our opening song, he took the time to go over and hug them. Just a little thing like that made him special to me.
Of course his music will live on forever, as will his influence.
I have never seen so many tributes from so many musicians and fans, so many good wishes, no cynicism, just pure love and appreciation for a great man.
God bless you, Ronald - thank you so much for the wonderful memories"
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|Monday, May 17, 2010 - Ex-Dio Keyboard Player Comments On Ronnie James Dio
|Ex-Dio keyboard player Jens Johansson (also known for his work with Stratovarius and Yngwie J. Malmsteen) has spoken about the death of his ex-bandmate Ronnie James Dio:
"I hesitated a bit to write something about this. In a way it feels weird to use this sad day to attract attention to myself. Then I realized I also feel a bit strange to not even comment in public.
I joined Dio-the-band for about a year in the early Nineties, that's how I got to know Ronnie. Him, and let's not forget Wendy (Ronnie's wife/manager), who is still very much alive. They were a team.
When they took me in to the Dio family, I felt a bit like a cold puppy coming in from the rain. I had previously just left Yngwie's band which was a really fun and creative situation, but it was at the same time also tremendously chaotic and stressful.
My time in Dio was simply one of the best times in my life.
Ronnie was one of the best people I ever met, very different from the usual musicians and other suspects in this wretched industry. I think this is something you will hear over and over - you have heard it before he was gone, and you will also keep hearing it after he is gone. Quite simply, because it's the truth. And especially towards fans.
If you didn't realize it by now, you can ask anyone who met him. Ronnie was the guy signing autographs in the cold rain after the point where any mere mortal would have crawled back into bed. It was insane. His dedication to the fans was not from this world. He is the guy that finally made it dawn on me who it is who actually pays the bills - it is the fans. (Well, at least he tried. If I didn't quite learn, that is my own fault.)
Well, it could be everyone knows all that already, so what else can I say that you don't already know or could find out from Wikipedia?
Since I was a Dio fan myself long long before I even met him, I think I have some perspective.
His voice was like a tank... I never heard him have a bad day. I have honestly never met anyone else like this in my whole life. Even if he stayed up all night drinking and talking, he would still deliver 150% the next day.
From his performing, you'd think he was 22 years old, his whole life... but if you look at how much he accomplished, you'd think he lived to the age of 120.
He was very funny. Fond of British humor, like Monty Python.
My best memories of the time with him are either him laughing at something I or someone else said, or me laughing at something he said, or any of the many running gags that he created.
His lyric-writing really has depths you don't immediately see when you read them first. Read them again and think.
He was very intelligent. He was, without a question, NOT some sort of devil worshipper or Satanist. He grew up in a small town and was what I would call just a 'very decent person.' He had higher morals than most people I have met, and definitely he had higher morals than I have. He just didn't particularly believe in God of the Christian bible, I think. But he was really spiritual and thought about deep issues, a lot.
I never saw him do any hard drugs. He was, to me, the embodiment of the idea: if you want to get anywhere, stay off the hard stuff.
There was the relentless charity work for 'Children of the Night.' But that you may have heard about already and can read more about on the Internet; just google for the phrase.
I realize this may sound like I'm trying to paint too soft a picture. I am really racking my brains here and I couldn't think of anything bad to say about him even if I tried. The only thing I can think of is that his character definitely had a surprising bite when something pissed him off; he didn't suffer fools lightly. If you were a fool in his path, and all options of patience, understanding and politeness had been exhausted, then he didn't hold back verbally... beware, fool, you might have two assholes all of a sudden, or your head might be rolling on the floor! I, of course, found this extremely amusing (unless it was me who was the unwitting fool, which I think happened, like, once).
I don't exaggerate when I say I feel him being gone is a loss for humanity, but I still try to look at the glass as half full. Imagine if he would have died at 27 like so many other geniuses. As a listener I'm thankful for that grace, and as a person I'm thankful I got to know him.
We will all die at some point; he never beat around the bush when speaking or writing about death.
Cancer sucks, and I don't know what I think would suck more, him gone today, or him alive for another year but in severe pain. I'm also not sure if Ronnie would have wanted us to be too sad. (Of course, a bit sad! I'm not suggesting we go dancing in the streets with joy screaming 'lolololololololo' like those crazy Palestinians after 9/11 here.)
He dedicated so much of his own life to bring happiness to other people.
Let's mourn a genius and a great guy who is lost to us now. But let's mourn in a way that he constantly wrote about, by deciding that we should live each day, including this one, to its fullest, even if it is a sad day.
You don't know if this day is your last day, and if it is you don't know what will follow.
The music he made will remain after me, or anyone reading this, will be gone. So unless you did already, put some of it on. If it puts an evil smile on your face, then your day is better. That's all any musician can ask from you."
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|Monday, May 17, 2010 - Tony Iommi Speaks About Ronnie James Dio
|The legendary Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell guitarist Tony Iommi has released a statement on the death of his bandmate and friend Ronnie James Dio:
"Yesterday 16th May my dear, dear friend Ronnie James Dio passed away at 7.45am L.A. time.
I've been in total shock; I just can't believe he's gone.
Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. We had some fantastic times together.
Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing on stage. He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others.
I can honestly say it's truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years.
His music will live on forever.
Our thoughts are with Wendy Dio (Ronnie's wife/manager) who stood by Ronnie until the end. He loved her very much.
The man with the magic voice is a star amongst stars, a true professional."
"I'll miss you so much, my dear friend."
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|Sunday, May 16, 2010 - Ronnie James Dio Passes Away
|It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of a true metal legend; Ronnie James Dio has been confirmed as dead by his wife Wendy.
Posting on Blabbermouth.net she made the following statement:
"Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m. [on Sunday] 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.
"Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all.
We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us.
Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss.
Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."
Dio, who was 67, had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in November last year and was recently forced to cancel Heaven and Hell's summer shows as his health had not significantly improved.
The thoughts of the RevelationZ staff and all fans of Dio's musical legacy are with Wendy and family at this time.
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|Thursday, November 26, 2009 - Ronnie James Dio diagnosed with cancer.
|Vocal god Ronnie James Dio has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Dio has been hospitalized and the band's European tour has been cancelled. According to manager and wife, Wendy Dio, the cancer is, fortunately, in the early stages, so hopefully Ronnie James Dio should be able to recover completely. Our thoughts, hopes and wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Wendy and Ronnie at this difficult time!
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|Thursday, October 8, 2009 - Dio - reissue of 'Evil Or Divine' live album in November on Metal Mind Productions
|Ronnie James Dio is without question one of the most famous and respected singers in the entire history of heavy metal. Known from his solo career and such legendary bands as Rainbow and Black Sabbath, Dio is often recognized for his extremely powerful voice, which throughout the years became his trademark. In late 1982 Ronnie James Dio and fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice, formed a band that was not meant to be a solo project but a band as a whole. Ronnie recruited an old bassist that had served his time with him in the band Rainbow, Jimmy Bain. Along with a hot new guitarist out of Ireland, Vivian Campbell, this band was to become DIO!
This exclusive re-release of "Evil or Divine - Live in New York City" brings a truly unique collection of some of the greatest and most memorable songs in Dio's catalogue, brilliantly performed at the Roseland ballroom in New York City in 2002. The set list includes songs that span the length of Dio's distinguished career. Though favoring his early solo works, there is a bit of Rainbow, as well as Black Sabbath. Including such remarkable songs as "Long Live Rock and Roll", "Heaven and Hell", "Stand Up and Shout", "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Holy Diver", this album is a must-have for all true fans of heavy metal. The new digipak edition is limited to 1000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process, released on a golden disc. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 2nd November.
"Evil or Divine" (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1342 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numerated copies)
Genre: heavy metal
Release date: 02.11.2009
1. Killing The Dragon
2. Egypt / Children Of The Sea
4. Stand Up And Shout
5. Rock And Roll
6. Don't Talk To Strangers
7. Man On The Silver Mountain
8. Guitar Solo
9. Long Live Rock And Roll
10. Fever Dreams
11. Holy Diver
12. Heaven And Hell
13. The Last In Line
14. Rainbow In The Dark
15. We Rock
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|Comment by VAHID (Anonymous) - Saturday, October 12, 2002
|HE IS AGREAT MAN
|Comment by Halim (Anonymous) - Wednesday, April 9, 2003
|hello ! im from Libya and im big Fan Of Dio ..Dio is the best voice of Heavy metal..
|Comment by i.Ron S. (Anonymous) - Sunday, May 11, 2003
|He's good but for me the songs aren't very hard(it's more rock).
|Comment by bigfella perth western australia (Anonymous) - Monday, October 20, 2003
|dio is the "KING OF ROCK AND ROLL" i saw him in sydney with rainbow and black sabbath, unreal , unfortunatly bands of this calibre dont tour this part of the world. LOMG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL from downunder.
|Comment by shafrizal from kluang,johore,malaysia (Anonymous) - Thursday, January 15, 2004
|from my point of view, this band is such a good band i ever heard, seen and i'm very satisfied with the music arrangement.Keep up the good work.Is there anything new album from you'll!!!
|Comment by Halim (Anonymous) - Monday, March 8, 2004
|Ronnie is the best one and no singer can reach to his level cuz he has the best lyrics and melodies so tell me plz if there anyone as Dio ..i think nooooooooo
|Comment by Dhritiman Sarma (Anonymous) - Thursday, March 11, 2004
Ronnie James Dio .the vocalist
Both means nothing but ..talent . A real talent in rock world i've ever heard, u call him hard rock or heavy metal , a real musician .
I like him.
A much more talented artist ( better than Ozzy / Black Sabbath )
if u haven't listened to him , i'm sure , ur missing real rock or metal
my fav dio #
don't talk to stranger
rock ' roll children
my e mail
|Comment by Dhritiman Sarma (Anonymous) - Sunday, January 2, 2005
|I'M A DIE HARD DIO FAN . MY FAVORITE # OF DIO ARE : HOLY DIVER , DON'T TALK TO STRANGER , DREAM EVIL , KILLING THE DRAGON , ROCK & ROLL CHILDREN .
I ALSO LIKED HIM IN RAINBOW . A REAL TALENT IN ROCK WORLD , BUT REMAINED UNDER RATED AS COMPARED TO OZZY . OZZY , THE SHIT IS MUCH FAMOUS & RESPECTED AS COMPARED TO DIO . A SINGER , WHO CAN KEEP HIS VOCAL HARMONY ALIVE IN 2 DIFFERENT KINDA SONGS ( TEMPLE OF THE KING TO HOLY DIVER ) . I ALSO LIKED HIM IN RAINBOW , ESPECIALLY , IN THE SONG MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN .
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY ?
A REAL TALENT .
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|Comment by Matt (Anonymous) - Saturday, January 22, 2005
|Dio was the first band I listened to. Still rocks.
|Comment by pixie (Anonymous) - Sunday, March 27, 2005
|Hey Bigfella! I'm from Perth, WA too, but am living in England right now. I wish Dio and other bands would tour Oz too - I might be coming back soon and I don't know how I'll cope without the gigs! I've only seen my fave, Dio, twice and that's since I've been here! Funnily enough, my dad saw Rainbow in Perth in '76. It's weird how he's English and seen Ronnie in Oz, but I'm Aussie and seen him in England! Anyway, RJD still is the undisputed champion of real metal and if you don't like it then you have no decency whatsoever! Rock on!
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