3 Day Event Planned to Mark Death of Ronnie James Dio

Heavy metal singer Dio dies
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A three day celebration of the life of the late legendary metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio is being planned for May 2015.

Dio’s widow, Wendy, is organising the events to mark the fifth anniversary of his passing.

Speaking to Lucas H Gordon she said: “Next year is five year’s since Ronnie’s passing, May 16th. So we’re gonna do a very big thing for the fans. Everybody can come from all over the world. We’re gonna do a big memorial in Forest Lawn in LA where he is buried.

“The day before that, we’re going to do celebrity bowling here because we want to have things for the fans coming from all the world to do.

“And then on the 17th, after the memorial, we’re doing a Ride For Ronnie with the motorcycles. We end up in a park, with a barbecue. It’s going to be a big, big celebration of Ronnie’s life in music.”

Wendy Dio runs the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, which raises money for cancer research.

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Ronnie James Dio: 1942 – 2010

Dio 1974

Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio passed away 4 years ago today. The vocalist fronted Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven and Hell and, of course, Dio in his time.

His last public appearance was to accept the Best Vocalist award at Revolver magazine’s 2010 Golden Gods Awards ceremony. In tribute to the late singer, Revolver have posted both his acceptance of the award and his final interview with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor online.

You can watch them below.

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio. 1942 – 2010.

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New music releases, 31st March 2014

New and notable releases this week, 31st March 2014:

Matt Stevens - Lucid
Lucid, Matt Stevens

Broken Crown Halo, Lacuna Coil
Out Among The Stars, Johnny Cash
Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life, Various Artists
Paranoid (Remastered Edition), Black Sabbath
All You Can Eat, Steel Panther
Education Education Education & War, Kaiser Chiefs
Head or Heart, Christina Perri
Himalayan, Band of Skulls
In My Soul, Robert Cray
Empire Of The Undead, Gamma Ray
Cope, Manchester Orchestra
Troublegum? (Deluxe Edition), Therapy
Imaginary Enemy, The Used
In Dub (Box Set), Killing Joke
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek
The Complete Albums Collection (Box Set), The Alan Parsons Project

All of the above and many more are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store.

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Anthrax, Metallica, Motorhead for Dio tribute album

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Anthrax, Motorhead, Metallica and Corey Taylor are amongst the line up of artists set to feature on a forthcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album.

This Is Your Life will be released on 31st March and features cover versions of songs by Dio, who died in 2010 following a battle with cancer.

The album will raise money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, and was produced by his wife and manager, Wendy. Other artists appearing on the LP include Scorpions, Rob Halford and Killswitch Engage. The album closes on a recording of Dio himself performing a piano-led version of the title track, which originally appeared on the 1996 album Angry Machines.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund raises money for the TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Dio was treated during his illness.

The full tracklisting for the album is as follows:

‘Neon Knights’ – Anthrax
‘The Last In Line’ – Tenacious D
‘The Mob Rules’ – Adrenaline Mob
‘Rainbow In The Dark’ – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher
‘Straight Through The Heart’ – Halestorm
‘Starstruck’ – Motörhead with Biff of Saxon
‘Temple Of The King’ – Scorpions
‘Egypt (The Chains Are On)’ – Doro
‘Holy Diver’ – Killswitch Engage
‘Catch the Rainbow’ – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren
‘I’ – Jimmy Bain, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy
‘Man On The Silver Mountain’ – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren
‘Ronnie Rising Medley’ (featuring ‘A Light in the Black’, ‘Tarot Woman’, ‘Stargazer’, ‘Kill the King’) – Metallica
‘This Is Your Life’ – Dio

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