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Metallica have released their contribution to the imminent Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life.

The song, a mash-up of Dio favourites A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer and Kill The King titled Ronnie Rising Medley, in the latest to be unveiled from the album, which also features covers by the likes of Corey Taylor, Halestorm and Doro.

Check it out here.

The album will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (diocancerfund.org) and was organised and produced by his wife, Wendy.

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life lands on April 1 via Rhino. Check out the full list of covers below:

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life Tracklist

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

A number of the names above joined forces to celebrate the life of Ronnie James Dio at the recent Third Annual Awards Gala in LA. It was immense. Here’s what went down.

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This coming Friday, September 6, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH will set sail on Melloboat 2013, a two-day cruise between Stockholm, Sweden and Riga, Latvia featuring performances by a number of progressive cult bands and heavy hitters, including Morgan Ågren (featuring a guest appearance by Devin Townsend), SAGA (Sweden), CRESSIDA, ICECROSS, TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET, ÄNGLAGÅRD, PANTA REI 2.0 and BADGE. The cruise will mark OPETH‘s very last show in support of the band’s latest album, “Heritage”, which came out in 2011. The group will spend the remaining months of 2013 putting the finishing touches on the writing and recording process for its next studio effort, which will be released sometime next spring.

According to OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, four songs have already been written for the upcoming CD and three others are in various states of completion.

“We’ve been looking at [tracking the next album at] Rockfield Studios in Wales where QUEEN recorded ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, but we haven’t made a decision yet,” Åkerfeldt tells the Swedish newspaper Expressen. “But it will be an expensive album. There’s a lot going on, lots of string arrangements that we haven’t had in the past.”

Will it be heavier or softer than “Heritage”?

“Maybe a little bit heavier,” Mikael says. “Not death metal heavy, but hard rock/heavy metal heavy. There’s also lots of progressive elements and acoustic guitars, but also more sinister-sounding riffs.”

Who’s producing?

“I am,” Mikael says. “I love the way DIO‘s ‘Holy Diver’ sounds, this early-’80s sound where you can still hear the ’70s, but the production is heavier. Right now I’m into having a similar production that isn’t retro but it still sounds like real instruments and it’s heavier than ‘Heritage’.”

“Heritage” sold 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous studio CD, 2008’s “Watershed”, opened with more than 19,000 units to land at No. 23.

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On August 10, GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, DIO) about LAST IN LINE — the band featuring Appice alongside fellow founding DIO members Vivian Campbell, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB. The chat, which took place prior to LAST IN LINE‘s performance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, can be seen below.

LAST IN LINE played its first-ever show (a warm-up to the band’s U.K. tour) on August 3 at Slidebar in Fullerton, California.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Stand Up And Shout
02. Straight Through The Heart
03. King Of Rock And Roll
04. Don’t Talk To Strangers
05. Sacred Heart
06. Evil Eyes
07. Holy Diver
08. Caught In The Middle
09. Egypt (The Chains Are On)
10. I Speed At Night
11. The Last In Line
12. Invisible
13. Shame On The Night
14. Rainbow In The Dark

Encore:

15. Gypsy
16. We Rock

LAST IN LINE performs material from the early DIO records that Campbell appeared on.

Speaking to David “Gus” Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com at this past January’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Campbell stated about reuniting with the original DIO band: “I’m excited about that. We’re calling it LAST IN LINE after the second [DIO] album. It’s the original DIO band — myself, Vinny Appice on drums, Jimmy Bain on bass, Claude Schnell on keyboards, and we found a terrific singer called Andy Freeman, who can totally do justice to the songs. Actually, he doesn’t sound anything like Ronnie [James Dio], which is great, [because] I don’t wanna draw that comaprison. Ronnie was a very unique singer, but Andy is a great singer in his own right, and he certainly sings the songs very respectfully.

“The original band, we actually wrote the majority of that material as a band, so I feel like we’re entitled to go out and play it. I don’t think we’re a tribute band or a cover band or anything like that.

“There’s obviously a big legacy of DIO music, and I think I’m right in saying that most people would think that those early DIO albums are the strongest, so we are just chuffed to play it.”

Campbell and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO albums 1983’s “Holy Diver”, 1984’s “The Last in Line” and 1985’s “Sacred Heart” — before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987.

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Performance:




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On August 10, Matt Mason of Bloodstock Radio conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell about LAST IN LINE — the band featuring Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB. The chat, which took place prior to LAST IN LINE‘s performance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, can be seen below.

LAST IN LINE played its first-ever show (a warm-up to the band’s U.K. tour) on August 3 at Slidebar in Fullerton, California.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Stand Up And Shout
02. Straight Through The Heart
03. King Of Rock And Roll
04. Don’t Talk To Strangers
05. Sacred Heart
06. Evil Eyes
07. Holy Diver
08. Caught In The Middle
09. Egypt (The Chains Are On)
10. I Speed At Night
11. The Last In Line
12. Invisible
13. Shame On The Night
14. Rainbow In The Dark

Encore:

15. Gypsy
16. We Rock

LAST IN LINE performs material from the early DIO records that Campbell appeared on.

Speaking to David “Gus” Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com at this past January’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Campbell stated about reuniting with the original DIO band: “I’m excited about that. We’re calling it LAST IN LINE after the second [DIO] album. It’s the original DIO band — myself, Vinny Appice on drums, Jimmy Bain on bass, Claude Schnell on keyboards, and we found a terrific singer called Andy Freeman, who can totally do justice to the songs. Actually, he doesn’t sound anything like Ronnie [James Dio], which is great, [because] I don’t wanna draw that comaprison. Ronnie was a very unique singer, but Andy is a great singer in his own right, and he certainly sings the songs very respectfully.

“The original band, we actually wrote the majority of that material as a band, so I feel like we’re entitled to go out and play it. I don’t think we’re a tribute band or a cover band or anything like that.

“There’s obviously a big legacy of DIO music, and I think I’m right in saying that most people would think that those early DIO albums are the strongest, so we are just chuffed to play it.”

Campbell and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO albums 1983’s “Holy Diver”, 1984’s “The Last in Line” and 1985’s “Sacred Heart” — before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987.

Interview:

Performance:


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Fan-filmed video footage of LAST IN LINE — the band featuring DEF LEPPARD/ex-DIO guitarist Vivian Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB — performing the song “Holy Diver” on August 10 at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, can be seen below.

LAST IN LINE played its first-ever show (a warm-up to the band’s U.K. tour) on August 3 at Slidebar in Fullerton, California.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Stand Up And Shout
02. Straight Through The Heart
03. King Of Rock And Roll
04. Don’t Talk To Strangers
05. Sacred Heart
06. Evil Eyes
07. Holy Diver
08. Caught In The Middle
09. Egypt (The Chains Are On)
10. I Speed At Night
11. The Last In Line
12. Invisible
13. Shame On The Night
14. Rainbow In The Dark

Encore:

15. Gypsy
16. We Rock

LAST IN LINE performs material from the early DIO records that Campbell appeared on.

Speaking to David “Gus” Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com at this past January’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Campbell stated about reuniting with the original DIO band: “I’m excited about that. We’re calling it LAST IN LINE after the second [DIO] album. It’s the original DIO band — myself, Vinny Appice on drums, Jimmy Bain on bass, Claude Schnell on keyboards, and we found a terrific singer called Andy Freeman, who can totally do justice to the songs. Actually, he doesn’t sound anything like Ronnie [James Dio], which is great, [because] I don’t wanna draw that comaprison. Ronnie was a very unique singer, but Andy is a great singer in his own right, and he certainly sings the songs very respectfully.

“The original band, we actually wrote the majority of that material as a band, so I feel like we’re entitled to go out and play it. I don’t think we’re a tribute band or a cover band or anything like that.

“There’s obviously a big legacy of DIO music, and I think I’m right in saying that most people would think that those early DIO albums are the strongest, so we are just chuffed to play it.”

Campbell and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO albums 1983’s “Holy Diver”, 1984’s “The Last in Line” and 1985’s “Sacred Heart” — before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987.

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Fan-filmed video footage of LAST IN LINE — the band featuring DEF LEPPARD/ex-DIO guitarist Vivian Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB — performing the song “Don’t Talk To Strangers” on August 10 at the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, can be seen below.

LAST IN LINE played its first-ever show (a warm-up to the band’s U.K. tour) on August 3 at Slidebar in Fullerton, California.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Stand Up And Shout
02. Straight Through The Heart
03. King Of Rock And Roll
04. Don’t Talk To Strangers
05. Sacred Heart
06. Evil Eyes
07. Holy Diver
08. Caught In The Middle
09. Egypt (The Chains Are On)
10. I Speed At Night
11. The Last In Line
12. Invisible
13. Shame On The Night
14. Rainbow In The Dark

Encore:

15. Gypsy
16. We Rock

LAST IN LINE performs material from the early DIO records that Campbell appeared on.

Speaking to David “Gus” Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com at this past January’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Campbell stated about reuniting with the original DIO band: “I’m excited about that. We’re calling it LAST IN LINE after the second [DIO] album. It’s the original DIO band — myself, Vinny Appice on drums, Jimmy Bain on bass, Claude Schnell on keyboards, and we found a terrific singer called Andy Freeman, who can totally do justice to the songs. Actually, he doesn’t sound anything like Ronnie [James Dio], which is great, [because] I don’t wanna draw that comaprison. Ronnie was a very unique singer, but Andy is a great singer in his own right, and he certainly sings the songs very respectfully.

“The original band, we actually wrote the majority of that material as a band, so I feel like we’re entitled to go out and play it. I don’t think we’re a tribute band or a cover band or anything like that.

“There’s obviously a big legacy of DIO music, and I think I’m right in saying that most people would think that those early DIO albums are the strongest, so we are just chuffed to play it.”

Campbell and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO albums 1983’s “Holy Diver”, 1984’s “The Last in Line” and 1985’s “Sacred Heart” — before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987.

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So in 1989, when the Famicom was still a thing that was used and talked about (in Japan mainly), there existed a Ronnie James Dio video game that also included Slayer, King Crimson, Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhodes. What the hell? Seriously. The game was called Holy Diver and was brought to my attention via Hardcoregaming101. …

The post There Was Once A RONNIE JAMES DIO Video Game For Nintendo appeared first on Metal Injection.

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Artist Series Guitar will release 30 of DIO’s “Holy Diver” guitars in July.

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Powerhouse American vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES) joined veteran Ohio metallers DAMIEN — who are celebrating their 30th anniversary — on stage on April 13 at Rocket Bar in Toledo to perform a cover version of the DIO classic “Holy Diver”.

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I’d been christened into heavy metal courtesy of a cousin I no longer see anymore, which is a shame, since it was he who’d sat me down at a shaky time of my life in late 1982 and exposed me to Iron Maiden’s Killers and Number of the Beast then Dio’s Holy Diver and Ozzy’s Diary of a Madman.  That same day, his brother passed me a spare turntable and an extra copy of AC/DC’s Back in Black and thus my indoctrination was complete.  Music held an entirely new meaning for me.

At the same time, MTV was getting its footing and quickly becoming the mass-marketed junk cereal for the eyes of my generation.  Nothing else seemed to matter when MTV launched, which is how I suppose the term “vidiots” came into being.  It was during this crucial period of my lifelong obsession with music where I saw, amongst Greg Kihn Band’s “Jeopardy,” Rush’s “Limelight,” Duran Duran’s “Hungry Life the Wolf” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” the jaw-dropping promotional video for “Flight of Icarus” by Iron Maiden.

At first I didn’t recognize them since I’d been in the kitchen trolling for some Dr. Pepper and bacon flavored Cheetos.  Insane as it may sound, I mistook Maiden for, of all groups, Three Dog Night.  My father was a big TDN fan and we’d spent many Saturday nights at his bachelor pad spinning Cyan and Hard Labor, sure as we were sittin’ there.  Hey, I was 12 and my ears weren’t as keen and tested as they are now.  I remember bolting for the living room the first time I was exposed to “Flight of Icarus” since I thought Three Dog Night had inexplicably amped up to that loud vibe which had thrilled me in my cousin’s bedroom only months prior.

I remember dropping my bacon Cheetos bag on the way back when I saw a long-haired young king shrieking his guts out into a dangling microphone inside what I assume now was Compass Point studio in Nassau.  It was the near acapella gang choruses of Iron Maiden chanting “Fly…on your way…like an eagle…fly as high as the sun…” that had fooled me into thinking them to be Three Dog Night.  Obviously that’s about all the two bands have in common, but as the “Flight of Icarus” video rolled on and those impressionable orange-hued scenes of an ocean (seemingly wading over Hell instead of the other place) and the mad monk who served all of us astonished kids a freaking brain at the end of the clip…  If you’ve been around metal long enough, you can understand how much of an impact “Flight of Icarus” left upon me.

I won’t get into the neighborhood and the middle school I was a part of during this transitory period of my life.  I was a miserable kid, forced to fight after getting beat up for no reason other than I had no self esteem.  Eventually, “Flight of Icarus,” along with Devo’s “Whip It” kicked me in the seat of my pants to the point I was able to stand up for myself and the manifest repercussions weren’t pretty.  I’m afraid to confront that version of me again, honestly, just as I’m sure those five little pricks who tasted my fists would be as well.  I seldom had any serious trouble amongst my peers thereafter, even when my folks moved us out of that drug zone and into the country.

By the time we moved, I knew all year long what I wanted for Christmas:  Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind album.  My folks are the coolest a kid (and adult man, for that matter) could ever hope to land in this life, but Piece of Mind did not show up under the Christmas tree in ’83.  I was raised right, so I didn’t pitch a fit since my parents are the generous type anyway.  It so happened they’d stapled a twenty spot to an old Baltimore Colts pennant (yeah, Baltimore Colts, people) with the insinuation I could buy Piece of Mind myself.  They even said they’d drive me to the record store in the mall so I could get it.  Like I said, my parents are the coolest.  They’d ingrained my passion for record shops and I don’t think I took pride in buying an album on my own more so than Piece of Mind.

To that point, I’d only seen the videos for “Icarus” and “The Trooper,” but I knew I’d be in for something unique.  Just the cover of Iron Eddie shackled in an asylum was enough to bait me if I already hadn’t been seduced by the album’s two mega singles.  Verily, I sat on my bedroom floor with Piece of Mind disassembled before me, chuckling at the picture of producer Martin Birch and cover artist Derek Riggs encased in armor–obviously too big for the latter.  Being young and daft, I thought it was Bruce Dickinson in Riggs’ spot and laughed even harder.  Then there’s that ridiculous photo of the band in the castle seated before a platter of cerebellum ala carte.  Adrian Smith and Steve Harris carry those “to hell with that expressions upon their facades while Bruce looks you square in the pus and dares you to comment.  Knights and spectres are omnipresent at Maiden’s backs, ready to eviscerate the band if they refuse to chow down on that brain under glass.  Riot.

I can still see myself marveling at the intricacy of “Where Eagles Dare,” “Revelations,” “Still Life” and of course, the magnificent closing epic, “To Tame a Land,” all songs I still look forward to with the same rabid anticipation as when they all greeted me the first time.  I couldn’t help but crank “The Trooper” and of course “Flight of Icarus,” which was tolerated by my folks for a minute or so before their singular warning knock on the door came.  All part of the game, as we joked amongst ourselves later after I’d grown up and gotten married.

I often wonder how my mom held herself in check hearing the repeated near-mantra of the word “die” spread across “Die With Your Boots On.”  When you’re young and already addicted to horror films and now suddenly music so freaking heavy it feels like a bestowment of power through the stereo speakers, “Die With Your Boots On” comes off like an ordainment.  Not an ordainment to slaughter your peers, mind you, albeit every teenager known throughout history has that on their immature minds.  Unfortunately, today’s youth has been cursed by a score of hedonists who cannot seem to separate fantasy from reality.  No, “Die With Your Boots On,” like many metal songs in history, did the slaying for you and you felt instant alleviation, moreover, the riddance of any violent urges.  Whereas I’d found my nerve in middle school in part because of Maiden, they helped cool my jets in the next phase of my teen years.  Thank you for that, lads.

My parents trusted me to process Piece of Mind and all the future heavy metal slabs that came marching through the door from that point forward with intelligence and respect for myself and others.  Did I hate my peers?  Yes, many of them.  It’s all so stinking silly to think about now since I’ve seen many of them at impromptu class reunions in bars or we’ve befriended one another at Facebook or in the real world.  High school is a proving ground, though I’d been forced into proving myself as far back as fourth grade into sixth, although fifth grade I had reprieve.  Thank God Iron Maiden was there to bolster my anger.  My proverbial flight of Icarus soared instead of crashed.  In the name of God, my father, I flew!

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