Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with BLACK SABBATHRAINBOWand his own band DIO, died of stomach cancer 10 years ago (May 16, 2010) at the age of 67.

Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

A free public memorial service was held on May 30, 2010 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, attended by more than 1,500 fans, friends and fellow musicians.

In March 2011, it was announced that the surviving members of the final lineup of DIO would embark on a project with former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens under the name DIO DISCIPLES.

Ronnie James Dio, real name Ronald James Padavona, was born in New Hampshire on July 10, 1942.

He moved to Cortland, New York at a young age, where he began playing with local acts. A street in Cortland, Dio Way, was named after him in 1988.

He released his first single, with a band called RONNIE AND THE REDCAPS, in 1959.

His first heavy rock act, ELF, released three albums and opened for DEEP PURPLE, where Dio‘s voice caught the ear of guitarist Ritchie BlackmoreBlackmorerecruited Dio for his own band, RAINBOW, after leaving PURPLE in 1975.

Dio recorded three studio albums and one live set with RAINBOW before exiting in 1978, including “Rising”and “Long Live Rock And Roll”.

He replaced Ozzy Osbourne in BLACK SABBATH in 1980, recording the “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” albums, plus “Live Evil”, before leaving in 1982. He rejoined the group 10 years later for an album called “Dehumanizer”, and again teamed with the group under the HEAVEN & HELL banner in 2006. HEAVEN & HELL released an album called “The Devil You Know”in 2009.

He also recorded 10 studio albums with his own band, DIO, including a classic 1983 debut, “Holy Diver”, and an equally renowned follow-up, 1984’s “The Last In Line”.

Dio was also behind the HEAR N’ AID project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track “Stars”in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief.

Rock and metal musicians around the world paid tribute to Dio in the weeks and months following his death. STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylorshared his feelings with The Pulse Of Radio about the fallen metal icon. “When I got that news that he had passed away, man, it seriously — it broke my heart. It broke it in two. Because honestly, I just feel like there will never be another Ronnie James Dio. He had such a pure voice — and still singing his ass off. I just know he’ll be missed, and I will miss him as well.”

Ex-VAN HALEN and current SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE bassist Michael Anthony also shared his memories of Dio with The Pulse Of Radio. “I don’t know anybody that didn’t grow up listening to his stuff,” he said. “You know, VAN HALEN, we used to do from the first RAINBOW album, we did ‘Man On The Silver Mountain’. I remember one time, the second VAN HALEN tour we were doing some festivals in Europe, and we actually played on the same show as Ronnie‘s band. Real powerful voice, you know, and definitely a driving force in hard rock music, that guy was.”

Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that he felt the loss of Dio very keenly. “He’s just somebody I was influenced by,” he said. ” I played all the RAINBOW stuff, I played the DIO stuff, the SABBATH stuff when I was in, you know, high school. I don’t think that it’s really set in what a, you know, huge figure in rock ‘n’ roll we lost, you know. Really major. Probably one of the most influential heavy metal singers of all time.”

RONNIE JAMES DIO Remembered On 10th Anniversary Of His Death

Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, has confirmed that there are “a lot of unfinished songs” from the legendary heavy metal singer that may eventually see the light of day.

Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and DIO, died of stomach cancer 10 years ago at the age of 67.

During a brand new interview with Australia’s Heavy, Wendy was asked if she ever comes across any unreleased Dio material in the vaults that she previously thought was lost or that she was able to rediscover. She responded (hear audio below): “Oh, yeah. I find it all the time. Every time I go over to the storage — it’s in a climate-controlled storage. It’s all labeled and stuff, but I find stuff all the time. ‘Oh, look at this. This is really good. Oh, yes. This is wonderful.’ And there’s a lot of unfinished songs that in the future we can figure out how we can put them out. But it has to be perfect, it has to be the way Ronnie would want it. I don’t wanna flood the market with just a bunch of old crap. I’m very particular about what we find, and then having someone with professional ears, like [Dio‘s longtime recording engineer] Wyn Davis, listen to it to make sure it’s fine before we put anything out.”

As previously reported, Wendy is working with legendary rock journalist Mick Wall on Ronnie‘s long-awaited autobiography, tentatively due in 2021. The book was three-quarters written before the singer’s death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago via MTV Books.

lso due in 2021 is a documentary that will cover Dio‘s career from his early days with ELF to his final project, HEAVEN & HELL. It is the first documentary about Dioto be fully authorized by the artist’s estate. BMG is both financier and executive producer of the film, with all rights available worldwide.

Ronnie James Dio passed away of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67. A few months after his death, MTV Books announced plans to release his memoir, which at the time was going to be called “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio”.

Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with BLACK SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

RONNIE JAMES DIO: ‘A Lot Of Unfinished Songs’ May Eventually See Light Of Day

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Calling all vinyl collectors and Dio fans. New Dio albums to be reissued with bonus live material.

Niji Entertainment Group have partnered with BMG to reissue four classic records in 2020, with each set bolstered by rare and never-before-released live material and select bonus tracks.

Longtime Dio collaborator Wyn Davis was brought in to remaster the four albums — 1996’s Angry Machines, 2000’s Magica, 2002’s Killing the Dragon and 2004’s Master of the Moon. In addition, there will be newly updated artwork from frequent Dio designer Marc Sasso.

The collections will be available in vinyl and CD formats, and you can check out the track listing for each collection below. In addition, each of the four albums now has a preview track selected from the live portions. Get a listen to “Man on the Silver Mountain,” “Lord of the Last Day,” “Holy Diver” and “Heaven and Hell” all performed live in concert below as well. All bonus tracks will also be available on streaming and digital services as well.

Wendy Dio says, “I am very excited to be working with BMG, a label that still has a passion for rock music. They will be making the complete DIO catalogue available again with some interesting surprises.”

Look for Dio’s The Studio Album Collection: 1996-2004 arriving on Feb. 21, 2020.

Angry Machines

Disc 1

Institutional Man
Don’t Tell The Kids
Black
Hunter Of The Heart
Stay Out Of My Mind
Big Sister
Double Monday
Golden Rules
Dying In America
This Is Your Life

Disc 2: Live on the Angry Machines Tour 1997

Jesus Mary and The Holy Ghost – Straight Through The Heart
Don’t Talk To Strangers
Double Monday
Hunter Of The Heart
Holy Diver
Heaven and Hell
Long Live Rock and Roll
Man On The Silver Mountain
Rainbow In The Dark
The Last In Line
The Mob Rules
We Rock

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Magica

Disc 1

Discovery
Magica Theme
Lord Of The Last Day
Fever Dreams
Turn To Stone
Feed My Head
Eriel
Chalis
As Long As It’s Not About Love
Losing My Insanity
Otherworld
Magica (Reprise)
Lord Of the Last Day (Reprise)

Disc 2: Live on Magica Tour 2001
Discovery
Magica
Lord Of The Last Day
Fever Dreams
Eriel
Chalis
Losing My Insanity
Otherworld
Electra – Studio Track
Magica Story – Studio/Spoken Word 18:26

Killing the Dragon

Disc 1

Killing The Dragon
Along Comes A Spider
Scream
Better In The Dark
Rock and Roll
Push
Guilty
Throw Away Children
Before The Fall
Cold Feet

Disc 2: Live on the Killing the Dragon Tour 2002/2003

Holy Diver
Heaven and Hell
Rock and Roll
I Speed At Night
Killing The Dragon
Stand Up And Shout

Master of the Moon

Disc 1

One More For The Road
Master Of The Moon
The End Of The World
Shivers
The Man Who Would Be King
The Eyes
Living The Lie
I Am
Death By Love
In Dreams

Disc 2: Live on Master Of The Moon Tour 2004/2005

Heaven and Hell
Rainbow In The Dark
Rock and Roll Children
The Eyes
Prisoner Of Paradise – Studio Track

Four Dio Albums to Be Reissued With Bonus Live Material

 

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The Battle of Heaven and Hell, Where the Mob Rules, and the Dehumanizer is the Devil You Know

The Neon Knights and the Children of the Sea met Lady Evil in the battle of Heaven and Hell. Or so they thought. They met at the Wishing Well, there to see who would Die Young and who would Walk Away. Win or lose, all combatants knew that in battle, Lonely Is the Word.

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And the two sides did Turn up the Night. Voodoo flourished even in the very Sign of the Southern Cross, neither side knowing that E5150 was the code of their demise. First the Mob Rules, then the embittered County Girl retaliates as souls are Slipping Away, Falling off the Edge of the World Over and Over.

As the battle raged, the Computer God tallied the lost, for After All (The Dead) alone continue beyond the computer-generated TV Crimes, to send Letters from Earth to the Master of Insanity, hoping he will use his Time Machine to erase the Sins of the Father before it is Too Late, before each I is Buried Alive.

And The Devil Cried as the Shadow of the Wind shrieked against the Ear in the Wall.

 

Ultimately, Atom and Evil unleashed Fear once kept inside the Bible Black, to Double the Pain beyond the ministrations of even a Rock and Roll Angel. The Turn of the Screw proved so painful that it led to even the most sane and compassionate toward Eating the Cannibals, to Follow the Tears to Neverwhere, losing the last vestige of hope for Breaking into Heaven.

Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell (Live In N.Y 1980)

 

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The Battle of Heaven and Hell