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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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100% kick butt!!!
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i had sex with norma 12 years ago today
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rip dark elf
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stevenloftus 1
Still missed. Every time I hear his voice it strikes me straight through the heart! O here it comes again
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\^^| ⚡️❤️⚡️ |^^/
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sacred heart
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Rip Jimmy
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Long live rock and roll
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R.I.P.
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Rest In Peace Jimmy Bain. Your just a rainbow in the dark.
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I heard about Jimmy (Bain) this morning.
Very sad to lose a bass legend! Jimmy was on some of the most bad-a** metal albums that exist!!
Some folks (Vinny Appice) are upset that the news was leaked before/famil y knew.
We'll miss ya Jimmy-think of ya when it thunders!!
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rip
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milosdad
RIP Jimmie Baines. Solid bass player, excellent song writer.
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Evil Eyes,,,, sweeeet... RIP DIO. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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I need financial aid
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Lol...Lightn i n g in the dark brings Dio down because he wants perfect complete darkness.
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I'd like to cover sacred heart the song with my band
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I might go to guitar college
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I have the cd/DVD set of heaven and hell. It's by far one of my favorite dio albums.
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R.I.P Ronnie James Dio forever and always find the sacred heart and dream evil in the last in line
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I don't know if anyone remembers when Ronnie James did the NFL commercials in the mid eighties he love the NFL and I don't know I think it was the Seahawks he represented PS rest in peace and Lemmy too
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2nd that Korbin7...Me t Him once at Hurricane Alleys. A small bar show back in '96..He was completely humble and said He was privileged and Blessed to preform and do what He loves to do. May you rest in His peace Ronnie James!
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Dio never die rock and roll for ever
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Badass from his Head to his Toes ! DIOS MUSIC'S IS FREAKING TIMELESS!
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For what it's worth, I dated a girl who looked a lot like Ronnie James Dio.
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kobin7
What makes dio so great isn't just his experience, talent, voice, passion and drive, but also he's always been humble and as a result never let success go to his head, passionately pouring his heart into everything he sang as if it was his first time.
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Vivian campbell killed the solo!!!!!
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One More For The Road is badass!!
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heavy metal prince's
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Dio isn't dead, he is just protecting Odin from dragons!
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That guitar solo....
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Rock in piece
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Find the sacred heart!!
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\m/ \m/
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Miss RJD- RIP my friend. You have left me with soooo many good memories and happy to have been a part of your generation!! Godspeed
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Evil eyes.....ooo h those eyes...
Last in line ....great album
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haohmaruofth e w i n d , . . . . . . Y o u ' r e an IDIOT!!!!!!
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There's a new building being built by U.S.C the University, on corner of exposition and Figueroa that looks like end of video for holy diver by dio -
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F**k yea
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Do u realize that your mouth sang James Laurie
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The ultimate voice of rock.
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✨❤️✨
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\^^| Fingerknuckl e b u m p k n u c k l e b u m p f i n g e r
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Thy art is murder ⚡️ fur and claw
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Evil Eyes,,, Classic DIO.. RIP DIO ur missed and Luvd. Ur music lives on in all ur fans.. ROCK ON Everyone
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