Origin: New York, New York, USA  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Dio

Ronnie James Dio is much beloved in the world of metal. After fronting an obscure hard rock band called Elf in the early seventies, he achieved fame and fortune with his stints in Rainbow and Black Sabbath before striking out on his own in the early eighties. Featuring a then-unknown guitarist in Vivian Campbell (who himself went on to great success in Def Leppard), Dio's first two albums, Holy Diver and The Last In Line, are highly regarded 80's metal classics. Like many a music veteran, he is best remember for his early work, but he has maintained a consistently high quality of music, and he's has always had that classic voice, delivering the goods even in his 60's with his work here as well as a recent stint with his old Sabbath pals in Heaven And Hell. All in all, he has had a distinguished musical career, a career that has now sadly come to an end, as he passed away in May 2010 from cancer. He will always be remembered as one of the great vocalists in metal.

Last Lineup

Ronnie James Dio

vocals (ex-Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell, ex-Rainbow) RIP: May 16, 2010, cancer, age 67

Craig Goldy

guitars (Budgie)

Rudy Sarzo

bass (ex-M.A.R.S., ex-Operation: Mindcrime, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Quiet Riot, ex-Whitesnake)

Scott Warren

keyboards (guest for Heaven And Hell, Hellion, ex-Keel)

Simon Wright

drums (ex-AC/DC, Hellion, Operation: Mindcrime, ex-Rhino Bucket)

Former Members/Guests

Vivian Campbell

guitars (Def Leppard, ex-Sweet Savage, Thin Lizzy)

Rowan Robertson

guitars

Tracy G.

guitars

Doug Aldritch

guitars

Jimmy Bain

bass/keyboards (ex-Rainbow) RIP: January 24, 2016, lung cancer, age 68

Teddy Cook

bass/keyboards

Jeff Pilson

bass (ex-Michael Schenker Group)

Larry Dennison

bass

Claude Schnell

keyboards

Jens Johansson

keyboards (Cain's Offering, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Mastermind, ex-Silver Mountain, Stratovarius)

Vinny Appice

drums (ex-Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell, ex-Kill Devil Hill)



Discography



Holy Diver  
1983 Vertigo
  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.
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Vivian Campbell
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Vinny Appice
1983 Readers' Album #5




The Last In Line  
1984 Vertigo
  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 Heart Out
  9. Egypt (The Chains are On)
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Vivian Campbell
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Claude Schnell
  • Vinny Appice
1984 Readers' Album #9




Sacred Heart  
1985 Vertigo
  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
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Vivian Campbell
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Claude Schnell
  • Vinny Appice



Intermission  
1986 Vertigo
  1. King of Rock and Roll
  2. Rainbow in the Dark
  3. Sacred Heart
  4. Time to Burn
  5. Rock N' Roll Children (Includes medley of "Long Live Rock N' Roll" and "Man on the Silver Mountain")
  6. We Rock
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Craig Goldy
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Claude Schnell
  • Vinny Appice



Dream Evil  
1987 Vertigo
  1. Night People
  2. Dream Evil
  3. Sunset Superman
  4. All the Fools Sailed Away
  5. Naked in the Rain
  6. Overlove
  7. I Could Have Been a Dreamer
  8. Faces in the Window
  9. When a Woman Cries
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Craig Goldy
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Claude Schnell
  • Vinny Appice



Lock Up The Wolves  
1990 Vertigo
  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
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Rowan Robertson
  • Teddy Cook
  • Jens Johansson
  • Simon Wright
1990 Readers' Album #27




Strange Highways  
1993 Vertigo
  1. Jesus, Mary, & The Holy Ghost
  2. Firehead
  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
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Tracy G.
  • Jeff Pilson
  • Vinny Appice



Angry Machines  
1996 Steamhammer/SPV
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Tracy G.
  • Jeff Pilson
  • Scott Warren
1996 Readers' Album #51




Inferno: Last In Live  LIVE
1998 Mayhem/Fierce
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Tracy G.
  • Larry Dennison
  • Scott Warren



Magica  
2000 Spitfire
  1. Discovery
  2. Magica Theme
  3. Lord of the Last Day
  4. Fever Dreams
  5. Turn to Stone
  6. Feed My Head
  7. Eriel
  8. Challis
  9. As Long As It's Not About Love
  10. Losing My Insanity
  11. Otherworld
  12. Magica - Reprise
  13. Lord of the Last Day - Reprise
  14. Magica Story
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Craig Goldy
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Simon Wright



Killing The Dragon  
2002 Spitfire
  1. Killing the Dragon
  2. Along Came a Spider
  3. Scream
  4. Better in the Dark
  5. Rock and Roll
  6. Push
  7. Guilty
  8. Throw Away Children
  9. Before the Fall
  10. Cold Feet
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Doug Aldritch
  • Jimmy Bain
  • Simon Wright
2002 Readers' Album #19




Evil Or Divine  VIDEO
2003 Eagle Vision



Master Of The Moon  
2004 Spitfire
  1. One More For The Road
  2. Master Of The Moon
  3. The End Of The World
  4. Shivers
  5. The Man Who Would Be King
  6. The Eyes
  7. Living The Lie
  8. I Am
  9. Death By Love
  10. In Dreams
  11. One More For The Road
  12. Master Of The Moon
  13. The End Of The World
  14. Shivers
  15. The Man Who Would Be King
  16. The Eyes
  17. Living The Lie
  18. I Am
  19. Death By Love
  20. In Dreams
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Craig Goldy
  • Jeff Pilson
  • Scott Warren
  • Simon Wright
2004 Readers' Album #29




We Rock  VIDEO
2005 Universal



Holy Diver Live  LIVE
2006 Eagle
  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
  10. Tarot Woman
  11. Sign of the Southern Cross
  12. One Night in the City
  13. Gates of Babylon
  14. Heaven & Hell
  15. Man on the Silver Mountain
  16. Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll
  17. We Rock
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Doug Aldritch
  • Rudy Sarzo
  • Scott Warren
  • Simon Wright
2006 Readers' Album #61




Holy Diver Live  VIDEO
2006 Eagle



Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987  LIVE
2010 Niji
2010 Readers' Album #67





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