WHITE WIZZARD’s cover of WE ROCK is also due to be included as the second track on the band’s new single, SHOOTING STAR – a brand new, original track which was written as a tribute to RONNIE JAMES DIO. The two tracks are the first to be recorded with new WHITE WIZZARD vocalist PETER ELLIS.
The SHOOTING STAR single, along with WE ROCK, is due to be released on iTunes on October 18th and will also be available on limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusively on WHITE WIZZARD’s upcoming UK headlining tour. All profits will go to the Children Of The Night charity.
Catch WHITE WIZZARD live in the UK and get your hands on one of the limited edition SHOOTING STAR 7″ vinyls at the following shows:
05 November 2010 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
06 November 2010 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy 2
07 November 2010 – Belfast, UK – Auntie Annie’s Porterhouse
08 November 2010 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
10 November 2010 – Sheffield, UK – The Corporation
11 November 2010 – Manchester, UK – Satan’s Hollow
13 November 2010 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
14 November 2010 – London, UK – The Underworld
The DIO Tribute at the Sweden Rock Cruise was an incredible night. LION’S SHARE really wanna thank all the guests for their great performances, Sweden Rock Magazine and of course the audience: what a great crowd!
Finally we want to thank Ronnie James Dio for the awesome music he gave us and pay our respects to Wendy Dio and the rest of his family.
Here’s the setlist with some comments:
1. “E5150”, (intro)
2. “Mob Rules”, (Lion’s Share)
3. “Stand Up And Shout”, (Lion’s Share)
4. “Holy Diver”, (Lion’s Share)
Comment: the response from the crowd really blew us away. Epic!
….and here we start picking up the different guests to perform with us:
5. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, together with Johan Edlund from Tiamat on vocals.
Comment: Johan really did his own version of this great song and it was brilliant.
6. “Man On The Silver Mountain”, together with Johan Hegg on vocals.
Comment: A smoking performance from Mr. Amon Amarth himself. A classic!
7. “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, together with Charles Rytkönen on vocals.
Comment: Awesome performance from the front man of Morgana Lefay. Thumbs up:)
Here we had a little changeover and Martin Forssman from Sweden Rock Magazine entered the stage and reminded the audience to support the “Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund”.
8. “One Night In The City”, performed by Gothenburg Allstars: Björn Gelotte (In Flames) – Guitar, Peter Iwers (In Flames) – Bass, Jocke Berg (Hardcore Superstar) – Vocals, Magnus “Adde” Andreasson (Hardcore Superstar) – Drums, Rikard Zander (Evergrey) – Keyboards
9. “Rock’n’roll Children”, (Gothenburg Allstars)
10. “Stargazer”, (Gothenburg Allstars)
Comment: These guys delivered a classy show. Quality and passion.
Another little changeover and Lion’s Share entered the stage again.
11. “Children Of The Sea”, together with Messiah Marcolin (ex-Candlemass) on vocals and Mike Wead from King Diamond on lead guitar.
12. “Sign Of The Southern Cross”, together with Messiah and Mike.
Comment: Superior performances from Mike and Messiah. Felt great to see Messiah back where he belongs: on stage. One of the best frontmen of all times!
13. “Tarot Woman”, together with Jens Johansson (ex-DIO, Yngwie, Stratovarius) on keyboards and Mats Levén (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Treat, Therion, At Vance) on vocals.
Comment: Two of Sweden’s most talented musicians ever kicked ass in this Rainbow classic. Mats sang like a God!
14. “Rainbow In The Dark”, Lion’s Share singer Patrik took the stage again and Jens stayed to play this DIO hit song like he did so many times with the original.
15. “Heaven And Hell”, (Lion’s Share)
Comment: This song is probably the reason to why Patrik became a singer. And the audience….WOW!
Comment: Time for the great final; all artists above together on stage to perform DIO’s Live Aid-song “Stars”. Special guests Jim Jidhed from Alien and Janne “JB” Christoffersson from Grand Magus. We had no chance to rehearse this song, so it turned out to be pretty much a jam session. Chaotic….but fun:)
Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010
Neon Nights: 30 Years of HEAVEN & HELL- Live at Wacken will be released on CD and DVD via Eagle Records in North America on November 16th.
Columbia Music Entertainment Japan will release the set on CD on November 10th. The limited edition first pressing in Japan features cardboard sleeve artwork and the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players).
Neon Nights – 30 Years Of Heaven & Hell; Live At Wacken celebrates the band’s July 30th, 2009 appearance at Germany’s world-famous festival. The band – featuring BLACK SABBATH legends Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinnie Appice (drums) – were supporting their new studio album The Devil You Know. Although nobody knew at the time, it was to be Ronnie James Dio’s last filmed concert appearance before his death in May 2010 from stomach cancer.
Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell- Live at Wacken features the following tracklisting:
As reported by to Radio Bulgaria: The rock legend Ronnie James Dio will have a monument dedicated to him in the Bulgarian Black-sea coastal town of Kavarna. The decision to erect this monument was taken by the municipal administration, with the most active proponents being Kavarna Mayor Tsonko Tsonkov as well as leading journalists, musicians and singers. The monument is to be built in the town park and will mark the creation of the so-called Walk of Rock. The model of the monument is ready and was displayed during the three-day Kavarna Rock Fest last week. Ronnie James Dio died on May 16 this year. In the past few years, he came to Bulgaria five times to give concerts and took an active part in the campaign for liberating the Bulgarian nurses held in prison in Libya for eight years.
According to Standart News, the mayor of Kavarna, Tzonko Tzonev, has managed to turn his life-long hobby — rock music — into a successful and profitable project and thus pours funds into the treasury of Kavarna Municipality. Thanks to Tzonev’s efforts, some of the greatest rock musicians of all time have come and performed in the small coastal town of Kavarna.
Newly created plaster model of Ronnie James Dio statue (photos courtesy of Tzonko Tzonev‘s official web site)
Ozzy Osbourne dedicated the song “Road To Nowhere” to his “old friend” Ronnie James Dio during Ozzy‘s September 22, 2010 concert at the Palasharp Arena in Milan, Italy.
“I’d like to dedicate this to my old friend Ronnie James Dio,” Osbourne said from the stage. “God bless you, man. It’s a song called ‘Road To Nowhere’. I love you, Ronnie.”
Fan-filmed video footage of the Dio dedication and “Road To Nowhere” performance can be viewed below.
Photos of the ahow are available on the news blog Musica Metal.
Ozzy‘s setlist was as follows:
01. Bark At The Moon
02. Let Me Hear You Scream
03. Mr Crowley
04. I Don’t Know
05. Fairies Wear Boots
06. Suicide Solution
07. Road To Nowhere
08. Shot In The Dark
09. [Band Jam / Solos]
10. Rat Salad
11. Iron Man
12. Killer Of Giants
13. I Don’t Want To Change The World
14. Crazy Train
15. Mama, I’m Coming Home
17. War Pigs
Ozzy Osbourne told QMI Agency in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on in May that Ronnie James Dio‘s ultimately fatal battle with stomach cancer hit close to home.
“As soon as I heard I heard he had been diagnosed with cancer, I sent him some encouragement,” Osbourne said. “Having been through that situation myself with (my wife) Sharon when we were doing (the reality TV show) ‘The Osbournes’, it’s always somebody over there. When it lands at your doorstep you’re like, ‘What do you do? How do you get round this?’ When Sharon got (colon) cancer, I’d never known anyone who survived. I thought it was bullshit when they told you, ‘They can survive.’ I just thought they were trying to smooth me over. And she got over it.”
Osbourne added that he ran into BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL drummer Vinny Appice at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in early April and inquired about Dio‘s health.
“I didn’t get a chance to see him but I was talking to the drummer Vinny, and I said, ‘Did he get my message?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he said.’ And I said, ‘Well, tell him to keep up the fight.’ Then on the weekend, we heard he had passed away, which is sad. He had a great voice. People thought that me and him were at war. At first, I suppose a bit of theatrics would be involved, but I mean it’s been 30 years.”
The deaths of Dio and SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray are the latest that have stunned the heavy rock world in the last few months. AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan died last December, while TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele passed away in April.
Ozzy, who knew or had a passing acquaintance with all four artists, told The Pulse of Radio it’s sad to see so many musicians pass away in such a short period of time. “I mean, of late everyone’s dropping dead,” he said. “This happens every so often, you know. I’m only hoping my number don’t come up soon. It’s what happens, you know. You hear me talking, I’m lucky I’m not one of the dead ones, ’cause I used to — I mean, Ronnie James Dio didn’t have any problems, but when there’s drugs involved or alcohol…I should have died a thousand times.”
RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'A Photographic Memoir' Due In November
Rufus Stone Limited Editions has set a November 30 release date for the “Ronnie James Dio – A Photographic Memoir” book.
Ronnie James Dio was one of rock’s most respected and talented frontmen, renowned for his instantly recognizable vocals, lyrics and stagecraft. On May 16, 2010, Ronnie succumbed to cancer and the world of hard rock lost one of its greatest talents.
Renowned music photographer PG Brunelli traveled the world with RonniePG‘s photography and weaves a memoir of Ronnie‘s life starting onstage at Donington Monsters of Rock in 1983. Featuring unique written contributions from Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Doug Aldrich (DIO, WHITESNAKE) and many of Ronnie‘s peers, colleagues and fellow professionals, this book has been compiled with the knowledge and approval of Dio‘s wife/manager, Wendy.
Available in two limited edition versions, starting at just £40 (plus postage and handling), “Ronnie James Dio – A Photographic Memoir” is released at the end of November 2010. To secure your standard or hardkase version (£150 plus postage and handling) early ordering is essential. £10 from the sale of the standard version and £30 from the sale of the hardkase edition will be donated to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, in honor of Ronnie James Dio.
NIJI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP TO ISSUE DIO AT DONINGTON UK THIS NOVEMBER
NIJI ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. TO ISSUE FIRST RELEASE – ‘DIO AT DONINGTON UK: LIVE 1983 AND 1987’ 2 CD SET ON NOVEMBER 9TH, 2010
2010 will go down as the year that we lost one of hard rock/heavy metal’s all-time great vocalists, Ronnie James Dio (after a valiant battle with cancer). Throughout a career that saw Ronnie pen or co-pen classics with such legendary acts as Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and with his solo group, Dio, there are simply not enough words to describe the singer’s contribution to rock music worldwide. And to celebrate the life of the man that has become synonymous with metal, several new releases will soon be arriving, that are certain to please Dio’s large and loyal fanbase.
On November 9th, the double disc set, ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987’ will be released. The first disc was recorded at the first-ever UK performance by Dio’s solo group, while on tour supporting their classic debut, ‘Holy Diver.’ And the set-list does a superb job reflecting Dio’s debut (featuring such classics as “Rainbow in the Dark,” “Stand Up And Shout,” etc.), as well as classics from both Rainbow and Black Sabbath (“Man on the Silver Mountain,” “Heaven and Hell,” etc.) – resulting in a thoroughretrospective of Dio’s career, from Rainbow to Black Sabbath to solo hits.
The second disc of ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987’ features guitarist Craig Goldy’s debut – recorded in 1987, in support of the ‘Dream Evil’ album, and contains highlights from Dio’s career. ‘Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987’ will be the very first release from the Niji Entertainment Group (which was formed by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio, in early 2010). The set will be released as a deluxe digipak including a booklet filled with rare photographs and liner notes, and original replica all access laminates from both shows.
Ronnie was the executive producer on the Donington project, and was very much looking forward to the release. The Niji Entertainment Group is a full service record label, and will be releasing rare and unreleased recordings from Dio and other artists.
November 23rd will see two additional releases from the Niji Entertainment Group – a deluxe limited edition picture disc of Dio’s classic solo debut, ‘Holy Diver,’ and ‘Bitten By The Beast’ from David “Rock” Feinstein. “Rock” is Ronnie’s cousin, and was a member of Elf, and the leader of the legendary NY band The Rods. ‘Bitten By The Beast,’ features the single “Metal Will Never Die,” with lead vocals by Ronnie James Dio. This single will be heavily worked to active rock and metal radio this fall.
In 2011, the Niji Entertainment Group has many other Dio-related projects planned, including an extensive vinyl box set (an idea that Ronnie himself came up with), ‘For The Record: The Complete Dio Vinyl Collection,’ which will feature 16 LP’s in a deluxe carrying case, with “all access tour laminates” from every tour. All of the LP’s will be on 180 gram colored vinyl. Also, being released for the first time on DVD will be ‘Super Rock Japan 1985’ (which was only ever released in Japan on VHS). Another forthcoming DVD release will be a collection of every Dio MTV promotional video, plus live concert footage including bonus features, including interviews with Ronnie, his band, and crew.
A Dio bootleg box set is on the horizon as well, featuring never-before-released sound board recordings and audience recordings. Other releases from the Niji Entertainment Group in 2011 will include all four Rainbow Dio-era LP’s in their original gatefold sleeves on 180 gram colored vinyl, and all three Elf LP’s will be issued on 180 gram colored vinyl. 2011 will also see deluxe reissues from Tim “Ripper” Owens, a fantastic new CD from Oni Logan (Lynch Mob vocalist), and Rowan Robertson (Dio guitarist), as well as live Elf.
Between Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, the Dio social media followers now numbers over one million. The Niji Entertainment Group is in the process of starting the official Dio webstore, which will give fans worldwide opportunity to purchase t-shirts, limited edition items, and CD’s/DVD’s that fans have been requesting.
While Ronnie was alive, he always wanted to have his own action figure/statue.
And now, this has become a reality – KnuckleBonz has created the Ronnie James Dio rock iconz statue, which will be available in late fall 2010.
These statues are only produced in limited edition runs of 3000, which make them highly collectible and sought after from fans. A portion from the sales of the Dio statue will go to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, in honor of Ronnie James Dio. Preorders available by visiting knucklebonz.com.
DIO live from Heaven and Hell/Megadeth/Down Sunday, March 11, 2007 Pacific Coliseum Vancouver, BC Canada
Aces & Ales pub in Las Vegas (owned by Alice Cooper guitarist Keri Kelli) is hosting an online auction, with 100% of all proceeds going to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up & Shout” cancer fund. There are many great, R’n’R and beer related items—from Alice Cooper and KISS to Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada!
PLEASE visit the link below to view the catalog and bid on items. The auction will run through Monday August 16th at 6PM PST.
One of the greatest hard rock singers of all time, the late Ronnie James Dio brought a stylized, sophisticated nature to the heavy side of rock. He and his band, Dio, whipped the London crowd at the Astoria Theater into a frenzy when they took the stage and plowed through the classic Holy Diver album in its entirety. Holy Diver Live features not only this 2005 performance, which is also peppered with choice tunes from RJD’s Black Sabbath and Rainbow days, but a bonus band interview. Originally released on DVD in 2006, this high-def version is a fitting tribute to a true icon. [MSRP $19.98]
Release Date: October 12 (pre-book order date September 17)
HEAVEN & HELL's DIO Tribute At U.K.'s HIGH VOLTAGE Festival
Surviving HEAVEN & HELL members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice played a very special tribute to their fallen bandmate, Ronnie James Dio, this past Saturday (July 24) at the High Voltage festival at Victoria Park in London, England. The musicians were joined by legendary former DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH man Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, who sings for power metallers MASTERPLAN and has just released his own tribute to Ronnie.
The setlist was as follows (vocalist for each track listed in parenthesis):
01. The Mob Rules (Jorn Lande)
02. I (Jorn Lande)
03. Country Girl (Glenn Hughes)
04. Children Of The Sea (Glenn Hughes)
05. Turn Up The Night (Jorn Lande)
06. Voodoo (Jorn Lande)
07. Bible Black (Glenn Hughes)
08. Falling Off The Edge Of The World (Glenn Hughes)
09. Die Young (Jorn Lande)
10. Heaven And Hell (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes)
11. Neon Knights (Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes, Philip Anselmo)
Proceeds from this performance will go to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund.
Immediately following the High Voltage concert, Hughes revealed exclusively to Express & Star that there will be a Dio tribute album, “with some megastars,” to raise funds for to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund, as well as a major show in Los Angeles in March 2011.
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS: UGLY KID JOE Singer WHITFIELD CRANE To Pay Tribute To RONNIE JAMES DIO In Costa Rica
Singer Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, ANOTHER ANIMAL, LIFE OF AGONY) will join the Costa Rican metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS for a very special night of covers. On July 10 at 8 p.m. at Jazz Cafe in Escazu, Costa Rica, the crowd will be treated to renditions of songs in tribute to Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, BLACK SABBATH,RAINBOW), Peter Steele (TYPE O NEGATIVE) and Paul Gray(SLIPKNOT), with Crane taking the mic for the Dio portion of the show. “I have been in Costa Rica for the past few months, when I went to the Megadeth show I saw Sight Of Emptiness open the show. Those guys just killed on stage and one thing lead to another. I am excited to rock the mic, Costa Rican style”, said Whitfield Crane about the show.
When asked about the current status of UGLY KID JOE, Crane said, “It’s ON — UGLY KID JOE is back. We are talking about doing shows next year, in addition to studio time. I’m stoked”
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS supported MEGADETH on May 9 at Autodromo La Guacima in San Jose, Costa Rica in front of 14000 people. SIGHT OF EMPTINESS also won the Award of “Best Metal Album” for their second Independent record: “Absolution of Humanity” 2010, at the ACAM AWARDS in Costa Rica = ASCAP in the USA. In addition, they were previously handpicked by both DARK TRANQUILLITY and AMON AMARTH to open their shows in the country. They also shared stages with such bands as LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, FIREWIND and SABBAT (featuring Andy Sneap, producer of the latest MEGADETH album, “Endgame”).
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS’s second album, “Absolution of Humanity”, was mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SOILWORK, BLOODBATH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X) at Fascination Street Studios. The cover artwork was created by Costa Rican artist Pablo Vargas.
Finnish metal media group Night Elves have posted details and footage from a memorial gala for RONNIE JAMES DIO held on July 2nd in Helsinki to coincide with the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival. The proceeds from the event went to Cancer Society of Finland.
The vocalists at the gala, held at the Tavastia club, included:
J. Ahola (TERÄSBETONI, NORTHERN KINGS)
Ari Koivunen (AMORAL)
Asim Searah (THE NIBIRUAN)
Antony Parviainen (MACHINE MEN)
Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT, NORTHERN KINGS)
Pekka Heino (BROTHER FIRETRIBE)
Tuple Salmela (TAROT)
Aleksi Parviainen (REVERSION, SOULCAGE)
The band on the night was as follows:
Guitar – Erkka Korhonen, Ben Varon (AMORAL), Zachary Hietala (TAROT) and Mr Crab (BLEAK, DIMEBAG BEYOND FOREVER)
Bass – Jari Ilomäki (SOULCAGE)
Keyboard – Vili Ollila
Drums – Janne Parviainen (ENSIFERUM)
The following video footage are courtesy of CalthaGold:
On October 7-8 musicians from some of the most important bands on the Swedish metal scene will join forces to pay tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio, who recently passed away.
Songs from Dios career with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and the band Dio will be performed. The core band of the evening will be melodic metallers Lion’s Share, fronted by Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors, Wuthering Heights). Guest artists confirmed this far:
Björn Gelotte and Peter Iwers (In Flames)
Joacim Cans (Hammerfall)
Ian Haugland (Europe)
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth)
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, ex-Dio)
Messiah Marcolin (ex-Candlemass)
Johan Edlund (Tiamat)
Joakim Berg and Magnus “Adde” Andreasson (Hardcore Superstar)
Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth)
Mike Wead (Bible Black, King Diamond)
More guest artits may be added. During the cruise, money will be raised to Dios “Stand up and shout” cancer fund.
Five other bands will be playing on board. Confirmed this far are:
Alien (original line-up!)
Tickets are available from 395 SEK, including part in a cabin.
More info is available on our website: www.swedenrockcruise.com
Members of the Big Four, including Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), Lars Ulrich (METALLICA), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and Kerry King (SLAYER), recorded a special video tribute to the late, great heavy metal singer RONNIE JAMES DIO (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) from the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22nd.
The video tribute was shown as part of the June 22nd (not so live and not complete set-lists were shows in all theaters BTW) satellite broadcast of the Big Four concert from Sofia to movie theaters around the world.
This is your shot to WIN the Metal God Jacket seen in the video and other prizes from RevZilla.com – just by making your own music video.
We are looking for YOU to create your own music video for a chance to win! First Prize is The Metal God Jacket and $500 in TeamZilla Cash, Second Prize is $250 in TeamZilla Cash, Third Place is a Hug and an Icon Helmet. (official details)
Here at RevZilla we are huge rock music fans. We genuinely mourned the passing of Ronnie James Dio this May. As we sat around one day talking about Dio here at RevZilla HQ, one of us joked that if Dio was riding a motorcycle with us, he would have been rocking the Icon Metal God Jacket, no question. That simple comment set us on a path which would eventually lead to us making our own tribute Dio music video (seen below) and deciding to give the jacket and some other prizes away. The video below was a blast to make and is OUR moto music video; a tribute to our favorite singer.
For a chance to win, make your own moto music video, pick your own music and feature whatever makes you happy. Bikes, Babes, Metal, Pets, Moto – whatever rev’s your engine – then upload it to YOUTUBE.COM as a VIDEO RESPONSE to our Dio Music Video (see below). Oh, and we are 100% looking to get more than just go-pro riding footage with a soundtrack! CREATIVITY TAKES THE CAKE! Deadline for submission will be August 31st 2010, we will pick the winner in early September 2010. Click for Official Contest Rules & Instructions.