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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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Former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson will fill in for Craig Goldy at the October 26 DIO DISCIPLES concert at M15 in Corona, California as Craig has a prior commitment in Russia.

DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager, Wendy, currently consists of the following musicians:

* Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Vocals
* Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) – Vocals
* Craig Goldy (DIO) – Guitar
* Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Bass
* Scott Warren (DIO,HEAVEN & HELL) – Keyboards
* Simon Wright (DIO, AC/DC, UFO) – Drums

In the late 1980s Robertson heard that Ronnie James Dio was looking for a new guitarist. He sent a tape to the record company Phonogram. After six months of waiting, he got a reply that stated that at that moment they were not interested in him. At the encouragement of his friend and fellow guitarist Sean Manning (HURRICANE) the tenacious Robertson then contacted the DIO fan club who then asked him to send his demo tape to them.

Robertson, who was 17 years old at the time, got a great response from DIO after receiving the demo through the fan-club channels. In late January or early February 1989 Robertson was flown to Los Angeles for an audition with DIO. He was auditioned twice. Immediately after the second audition he was invited to join the band. The press-release for the addition of Robertson to DIO was sent out on July 18, 1989 and the press was invited to meet the newest DIO guitarist on July 20, 1989 at Oliver’s Pub in New York City.

The first DIO album Robertson started working on with DIO was “Lock up the Wolves”. These sessions included Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice and Jens Johansson. The band had already begun writing and recording when Jimmy Bain and Vinny Appice were suddenly excused from the band. They were replaced with Teddy Cook and former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright.

“Lock up the Wolves” was released in 1990, and the band embarked on a tour in support of the album.

Robertson stayed with DIO until Ronnie James Dio rejoined BLACK SABBATH in 1991.

Dio and Robertson had been writing songs for an album to be released in May 1991 which ended up being shelved. When the DIO band was put on ice, Robertson started work on an instructional video for guitar players. It was released on Star Licks in July or August 1991. He then teamed up with vocalist Oni Logan (ex-LYNCH MOB) and drummer Jimmy Paxson (from TRIANGLE) and began to write and record on an album together for Atlantic Records.

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Mark Dean of MyGlobalMind webzine recently conducted an interview with former DIO and current LAST IN LINE members Vinny Appice (drums) and Jimmy Bain (bass). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

MyGlobalMind: How did it feel to be performing [the early DIO] songs live again [with LAST IN LINE] on a stage after so many years?

Jimmy: It was great. It was a real buzz.

Vinny: It’s kind of like there is a magic there; that’s a word that Ronnie [James Dio] always used. I have played some of these songs with other bands, and different projects and stuff. There is nothing like playing them with Jimmy and Viv [Vivian Campbell, guitar] and Claude [Schnell, keyboards]. There is just a flow to it. It was pretty intense playing them, but fun, you know. The sound was, like, monstrous. It was great.

MyGlobalMind: Vinny, let’s discuss [BLACK SABBATH‘s] “Mob Rules” [album].

Vinny: Well, the interesting thing about “Mob Rules” is that we were on tour, I had joined the band as Bill Ward had left. It wasn’t like a permanent thing; it was just until Bill comes back. As it went along, we were really getting close together. During the “Heaven And Hell” tour, Warner Brothers asked us to do a song for the “Heavy Metal” movie. We had a couple of days off so we went into Ascot, John Lennon‘s house, and Ringo‘s [Starr] house, and we recorded and wrote [the song] “The Mob Rules” in there. We recorded it and put it together and it came out amazing. We were, like, “Wow, this is going to work.” When we wound up the tour, we ended up in L.A. and we re-recorded it on our album. There are two different versions of “The Mob Rules” and a lot of people don’t know that. It was cool, though, because we were in the house. We set the drums up in the hall; it was like a band taking over a house but it was BLACK SABBATH. It was a lot of fun and a good vibe.

MyGlobalMind: Returning to the reason that we are chatting, what are the future plans for LAST IN LINE? I chatted to Viv last week, and he had hinted at something more than just a run of a few shows. Will the band work on some new material, perhaps you already have?

Vinny: We haven’t really talked about anything — recordings or anything. It’s funny — it started off as a jam: “Hey, do you want to get together?” “Yeah.” And we had so much fun and it sounded great, and, “Hey, let’s play again.” Viv said that he wanted to do some gigs, and we said, “Let’s do it,” that this would be great. It would be great to play these songs correctly [laughs] after all these years. We are looking forward to doing a lot of touring, not just a side project for a couple of weeks.

MyGlobalMind: What’s the biggest lesson that the rock and roll business has taught you?

Vinny: Probably [that] musicians are not taught much about the music [business], because you feel that you are a musician, and you write the songs, and that is all within you. What it will teach you whether it is easy or hard is the actual fucking [music] business… Where the money is and how to survive, who’s ripping you off and what’s going on. You have got to be in control of all that shit and keep a finger on the pulse; otherwise, you don’t survive. There is always somebody out there with a hand out. It teaches musicians more about the business, I think, and how things work.

MyGlobalMind: With the significant changes in recent years, is it harder for musicians to make a living these days?

Vinny: When we started in the Eighties, it was pretty much a formula. You get a band, you get a record deal, and the money was big. Especially if you had names in the band, you got the money. You had the money to make an album, to tour, through merchandising. Everything was bigger, and people sold a lot of records. If you didn’t sell 300,000 [copies of an album], people were not happy. You had to sell 500,000 for gold and platinum; that was big. Now, if you sell 30,000 records, you are doing good; it’s a whole different thing. It was more of a formula then; now it is like more unknown. You ask, “How do we get this going?” I have got a band, KILL DEVIL HILL, with Rex Brown [PANTERA] in the band and we have got a second album. We got off one label because they didn’t do anything. We are going with another label, for less money but the money is so small.

Read the entire interview at MyGlobalMind.

LAST IN LINE performance footage:


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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.

Interview:

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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TeamRock Radio recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell. The chat can be heard using the SoundCloud widget below.

Campbell, who is currently being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has just completed a short tour with LAST IN LINE, the band featuring Vivian alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman. The guitarist has been receiving chemotherapy for four months, with two months of treatment remaining.

“I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit,'” Campbell said in a statement this past June.

DEF LEPPARD last month completed a short tour that started June 21 at the Hellfest festival in France and ended July 17 in Canandaigua, New York.

DEF LEPPARD‘s recent Las Vegas extravaganza will hit the silver screen for two nights in October. NCM Fathom Events together with AEG Live and Network Live are bringing DEF LEPPARD “Viva! Hysteria” concert to over 250 theaters across the country with a full front-to-back performance of 1987’s multi-platinum “Hysteria” album — along with a healthy dose of the band’s greatest hits. Tickets for the screenings are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.

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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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On Thursday August 8, Planetmosh 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.

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On Wednesday, August 7, Darren Redick of Planet Rock 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.

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