Rhino Records Announces Details For Re-Issue Of Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’

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Ronnie James Dio’s classic 1983 album, Holy Diver will get the re-issue treatment this summer through Rhino Records.

The company is scheduled to re-issue the album July 8, two days before what would have the late, great singer’s 80th birthday. The re-issue will present the album on two separate platforms, one a four-disc set that includes the original album and three discs loaded with rarities, outtakes, and and live content. The other platform 2-LP set.

Among the live recordings featured in the expanded re-issue are live performances of ‘Rainbow in the Dark,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout,’ Rainbow classics ‘Man on the Silver Mountain’ and ‘Starstruck,’ and Black Sabbath hits ‘Children of the Sea’ and ‘Heaven and Hell’.

Among the outtakes featured in the recording are alternate takes of ‘Rainbow in the Dark,’ ‘Invisible’ and ‘Straight Through The Heart’. Additionally, audiences will get an alternate take of ‘Evil Eyes’.

The rarities featured in the expanded re-issue include and are not limited to mono and stereo 7″ single edits of ‘Rainbow in the Dark,’ and ‘Evil Eyes,’ which was a b-side to ‘Holy Diver.’

The full track listing for the forthcoming re-issue is noted below.

HOLY DIVER: SUPER DELUXE EDITION
CD Track Listing
 
CD1: Holy Diver (2022 Joe Barresi Mix) *
CD2: Holy Diver (2022 Remaster)
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”
 
CD3: Live at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA, 1983 
1.     Intro *
2.     “Stand Up And Shout” *
3.     “Straight Through The Heart” *
4.     “Shame On The Night” *
5.     “Children Of The Sea” *
6.     “Holy Diver” *
7.     “Heaven And Hell” – including guitar solo *
8.     “Rainbow In The Dark” *
9.     “Man On The Silver Mountain” *
10.  “Starstuck” *
11.  “Man On The Silver Mountain” – reprise *
12.  “Don’t Talk To Strangers” *
 
CD4: Outtakes, Singles & B-Sides
Tracks 1-7 unreleased
1.     “Evil Eyes” – Wyn Davis remix *
2.     “Don’t Talk To Strangers” – Take 1 (Joe Barresi mix) *
3.     “Invisible” – Take 1 (Joe Barresi mix) *
4.     “Invisible” – Take 3 (Joe Barresi mix) *
5.     “Rainbow In The Dark” – Alternative Guitar Solo Version (Joe Barresi mix) *
6.     “Straight Through The Heart” – Take 2 (Joe Barresi mix) *
7.     “Straight Through The Heart” – Take 3 (Joe Barresi mix)*
8.     “Rainbow In The Dark” – 7” Mono Edit
9.     “Evil Eyes” – 1983 Version. B-Side of “Holy Diver”
10.  “Rainbow In The Dark” – 7” Stereo Edit
 
* previously unreleased
 
 
HOLY DIVER: 2022 Joe Barresi Mix
2-LP Clear Vinyl Track Listing
 
LP1: Side One
1.     “Stand Up And Shout”
2.     “Holy Diver”
3.     “Gypsy”
4.     “Caught In The Middle”
 
LP1: Side Two
1.     “Don’t Talk To Strangers”
2.     “Straight Through The Heart”
3.     “Invisible”
 
LP2: Side One
1.     “Rainbow In The Dark”
2.     “Shame On The Night”
Bonus Track
3.     “Evil Eyes” – 1983 Version. B-Side of “Holy Diver”
 
LP2: Side Two
Etching

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Michael Schenker Group Pays Tribute To Rock Royalty In New Single, Video

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Michael Schenker Group premiered the second single from its forthcoming album Friday, along with the song’s companion lyric video.

The single comes in the form of ‘A King Has Gone.’ The song, which is the second single from MSG’s forthcoming album, Universal (due out May 27 through Atomic Fire Records) behind ‘Emergency‘ and its video, is a tribute to legendary rock front man Ronnie James Dio.

As part of the tribute Rainbow keyboardist Tony Carey, who also played on Rainbow Rising, recorded the song’s synth intro, ‘Calling Baal,’ which is a direct reference to the introduction to Rainbow Rising‘s ‘Tarot Woman.’ Additionally, the original Rainbow rhythm section of Bobby Rondinelli and Bob Daisley also took part in the overall composition.

As if the additional of the Rainbow members is not enough, the vocals for the new single were recorded by Helloween’s Michael Kiske.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘A King Has Gone’ is a fully engaging power metal composition that harkens back to the songs that made Rainbow so great (and that continue to make the band so beloved). Kiske’s rich vocals pair with the teaming of Schenker and company to make the overall composition fully engaging and entertaining.

As noted, the song’s lyrical theme is a tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio.

The song’s lyric video places the song’s lyrics over the backdrop of what looks like that area just above a fire in which the embers lift and fly. A picture of the group’s new album is presented in the bridges.

Courtesy: Atomic Fire Records

Michael Schenker Group announced last month, a tour in support of Universal is scheduled to launch Sept. 27 in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 6 in Tulsa, OK and to feature performances in cities, such as Milwaukee, WI; Cincinnati, OH and Ft. Wayne, IN.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

MSG US Tour 2022 w/ Eric Martin, Images Of Eden:

9/27/2022 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA

9/28/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA

9/29/2022 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

10/01/2022 Saban Theater – Los Angeles, CA    

10/02/2022 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV

10/04/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO

10/06/2022 Pop’s – Sauget, IL

10/07/2022 Des Plaines Theater – Des Plaines, IL

10/08/2022 Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL

10/09/2022 Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI

10/11/2022 The Art Theater – Hobart, IN

10/12/2022 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

10/14/2022 The King Of Clubs – Columbus, OH

10/15/2022 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH

10/16/2022 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

10/17/2022 Jergels – Pittsburgh, PA

10/19/2022 The Vault – New Bedford, MA * MSG only

10/20/2022 Flying Monkey – Plymouth, NH

10/21/2022 Cabot Theater – Beverly, MA

10/22/2022 Sony Hall – New York, NY

10/23/2022 Newton Theater – Newton, NJ

10/25/2022 Keswick Theater – Glenside, PA

10/26/2022 Tally Ho – Leesburg, VA

10/27/2022 Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA

w/ Damon Johnson & The Get Ready, Images Of Eden:

10/29/2022 Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH

10/30/2022 Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN

w/ W.A.S.P., Armored Saint:

11/02/2022 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

11/03/2022 Concrete Street Pavilion – Corpus Christi TX

11/04/2022 Eaton Arena – San Antonio, TX

11/05/2022 Amplified Live – Dallas, TX

11/06/2022 Tulsa Theater – Tulsa, OK

Universal will come less than two years after the release of MSG’s latest album, Immortal, which was released last year through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Sorcerer Premieres Ozzy Osbourne Cover, Companion Video

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Sorcerer has taken on a classic Ozzy Osbourne song for its latest single and video.

The band premiered its take on Osbourne’s ‘Waiting For Darkness’ for its latest single. The group premiered the song and its video Friday. It is just the latest of the covers the the band has premiered. The collective most recently took on Saxon’s ‘Crusader‘ last month and accompanied the song with a companion video.

The premiere of that song and video followed the premieres of the band’s cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘When Death Calls‘ in October and its cover of Rainbow’s ‘Gates of Babylon‘ in September.’

All four songs make up the body of the band’s new EP, Reverence. The record is available through all digital platforms.

Sorcerer’s take on ‘Waiting For Darkness’ is in line with its source material in terms of its run time. The original song runs five minutes, 17 seconds. Sorcerer’s cover is only four seconds longer, clocking in at five minutes, 21 seconds. In terms of the stylistic approach and sound, the two songs are just as closely similar.

The most notable difference between the two renditions is in the songs’ bridges. The bridge in the original composition bears more of a classic rock sense with what almost feels like a semi-orchestral sound. The bridge in Sorcerer’s take bears more of a full-on metal sound and style.

Sorcerer’s take on ‘Crusader’ is available now through all digital outlets. More information on Sorcerer’s take on ‘Crusader’ is available along with all of Sorcerer’s latest news at:

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Sorcerer Premieres Cover Of Rainbow’s ‘Gates Of Babylon’

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Sorcerer is taking on a Rainbow classic for its latest single.

The band premiered its take on Rainbow’s classic song ‘Gates of Babylon‘ Friday along with a companion video to boot. The band’s take on the original song (which is featured in Rainbow’s 1978 album, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll) stays largely true to its source material, save for a few variances.

The primary difference between the two takes is that Sorcerer’s take on the song is much heavier and darker than the original. Also, the keyboard intro in the original is absent in Sorcerer’s rendition. Front man Anders Engberg, meanwhile, does well as he works to honor the performance of the late great Ronnie James Dio in the band’s performance here.

Guitarist Kristian Niemann talked about the band’s take on the classic song in a prepared statement.

“When trying to come up with a way to arrange ‘Gates Of Babylon’ and give it a different spin, I tried to imagine what it would’ve sounded like if Tony Iommi wrote it instead of Ritchie Blackmore,” he said. “It probably would’ve been slower and heavier, possibly down-tuned a bit. We skipped the keyboard intro because it would be impossible to capture the magic of the original. We had a great time recording this single at SolnaSound Studios, and overall we are very happy with how it turned out. We hope our fans will dig it too.”

The video for Sorcerer’s performance of ‘Gates of Babylon’ is a simple presentation. It features the band recording the single in studio at SolnaSound Studios. The various camera angles work with the performance to heighten the engagement and entertainment.

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‘Rainbow In The Dark’ To Start Publishing Worldwide Soon

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Audiences around the world will soon get to read Ronnie James Dio’s new autobiography.

According to information in a press release distributed Thursday, the book, Rainbow in the Dark, will start publishing in multiple languages starting Aug. 27 in Germany. Additionally, publications in Finnish, Bulgarian, Portugese (in Brazil), Japanese, Swedish, Italian, and Polish are coming, as well as in Hungarian in the first quarter of 2022, the document states.

Rainbow in the Dark originally published last month through Permuted Press in the United States and Canada, and through Constable in the United Kingdom. The autobiography collects Ronnie James Dio’s own notes that he wrote throughout his life for its story. The story starts in Dio’s childhood and runs up through his namesake band’s premiere at Madison Square Garden in 1987.

Co-written by music journalist Mick Wall and RJD’s wife Wendy, the book premiered at #12 on Publisher’s Weekly‘s Hard cover/Non-Fiction Best Sellers list last week.

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‘Rainbow In The Dark’ Leaves Readers Wanting More In The Best Way Possible

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Ronnie James Dio is one of the most prolific figures in the modern history of music.  That goes without saying.  Dio fronted not one, not two, but three of the most famous and respected acts in the history of rock in Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and his own band.  While not a physically large figure on stage, his persona more than made up for that.  As his forthcoming autobiography, Rainbow in the Dark shows, his time with those bands are only a thumbnail of what is a much bigger overall career and life.  Set for release July 27 through Permuted Press, the 244-page autobiography is a rich look at the first part of Dio’s life.  The story featured therein serves as the book’s foundation and will be discussed shortly.  The story’s transitions add to the story’s appeal and will be addressed a little later.  The pictures that are incorporated into the story add a nice aesthetic element to the whole and round out the book’s most important elements.  Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of the book.  All things considered, they make this book a welcome personal recounting of Ronnie James Dio’s life.  It will leave audiences hoping that his widow, who compiled Dio’s writings for the book, will eventually release a follow-up that completes his story.

Permuted Press’ forthcoming Ronnie James Dio biography, Rainbow in the Dark is a book that every rock and hard rock fan will enjoy.  Given, it is hardly the only biography or even autobiography ever released from any rock act, but is still fully enjoyable in its own right.  Its engagement and entertainment comes in large part through its story.  The story is told through Dio’s own words and starts in his childhood living in upstate New York.  Right from the outset, audiences learn that ultimately, Dio’s grandparents are really to thank for him becoming a musician and performer.  As he reveals here early on, they made Dio’s father and his siblings learn to play an instrument.  His own father did the same to him, too, repeating history.  If not for that, it is possible that Dio might have otherwise pursued a career in baseball.  It was this fateful event that would set Dio on a lifelong course that would eventually see him and his band mates in Elf record for Deep Purple’s own Purple Records.  Those recordings and tours with Deep Purple would eventually lead to the biggest part of his career.  The stories that Dio shares along the way are, at times laugh-inspiring in the best way possible, and at other times so dramatic.  Case in point is Dio’s recollection of the fateful night in which a crash involving a drunk driver claimed the life of one of his then band mates in Ronnie Dio and the Prophets and put his own life and that of another in jeopardy.    One of the funnier recollections shared along the way comes as Dio shares how he used his stage name (as it turns out, Dio is not his real name.  This will be left for audiences to learn for themselves.  He was in fact Italian by direct descent) at a gig during his formative years and almost got himself tied up in the mob.  Even later in the story, Dio shares another funny and albeit short anecdote about how he and Wendy Dio got used to living out of their suitcases while Dio was a member of Rainbow.  Again it is only a short statement, but still will leave plenty of people laughing.  Speaking of Wendy, she points out in the books preface that the story presented here culminates in her late, great husband debuting with his own band at Madison Square Garden in 1987.  It also opens at that point before going back to Ronnie’s childhood.  The whole story is so easy to read from start to finish because at no point do Ronnie’s notes try to be flowery.  He uses simple language that is accessible to everybody.  The result is that the story, which again spans 244 pages, can be finished in a day or two at the most.  That accessibility and the equally engaging and entertaining stories do a lot to make this (hopefully first) part of RJD’s life and career so enthralling.  The transitions that are used in telling his story play their own part in the story’s appeal.

The transitions that are used to help tell Ronnie James Dio’s story are so important because they are so clear and solid throughout the book.  That is thanks to the way that Ronnie started and ended each of his writings.  Those points perfectly connect the chapters.  Add in clear division points that involve blank pages and pictures, and the whole makes the story progress that much more smoothly.  Those blank pages and pictures are important because they feel almost like virtual commercial breaks within the story.  They, together with the solid wording connecting the stories, completely ensure readers’ maintained engagement and entertainment, showing completely, the importance of the story’s transitions.  Keeping all of this in mind, there is a lot for readers to alike about this story of Ronnie James Dio’s life and career.  It still is just a portion of what makes the story so appealing.  The noted pictures used between the chapters round out the story’s most important elements.

The pictures that are presented throughout Rainbow in the Dark are important because they honestly help to tell the story in their own right.  Case in point is an early picture of Ronnie as a boy with his parents.  Readers will note that Ronnie’s father is in a military uniform.  That might help to explain the sense that Ronnie explains he got of his father.  That sense in question is a determination to make sure one is one’s best self possible.  That is a value that the military does in fact instill in its personnel young and old alike.  A later picture of Ronnie with his band mates in Elf during the 1970s made them comparable to the look of bands, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, and others.  Ronnie explains in the story that follows the story, a laugh-inducing anecdote about not wanting to cut those long locks, but seemingly having to in order to help market the band.  It is another way in which the pictures tie in to the story to help enrich the reading experience.  On another note, there is also a picture of Ronnie with Ritchie Blackmore in the early days of Rainbow backstage before a show.  It helps to bridge two other chapters in which Ronnie talks about that part of his career.  It is such a casual picture, clearly not staged.  Together with his own words, it showed how happy Ronnie was at that time.  Between these pictures and so many others, the pictures prove to tell the story here just as much as the story itself.  Keeping this in mind along with the impact of the smooth transitions, the whole of these noted items makes Rainbow in the Dark a fully immersive, engaging and entertaining story of one of rock’s greatest figures.

Permuted Press’ forthcoming presentation of Rainbow in the Dark is a wonderfully engaging and entertaining look into the life and career of Ronnie James Dio.  The story itself is told through Ronnie’s own words on pages up on pages of collected notes.  The stories are at times laugh-inspiring and at others heartbreaking.  Through it all, the stories are told simply, making the story fully accessible for readers.  This is in itself, reason enough for audiences to read this story.  The transitions that are used between the story[s chapters build on the appeal established by the story.  That is because of their fluidity.  The manner in which Ronnie ends and begins each story is the biggest part of that fluidity.  The blank pages and pictures used between the chapters also play into that fluidity.  That is because they allow readers a moment to take in everything before moving on to each chapter.  Speaking of the pictures, they do well as visual aids, helping to tell the story just as much as Ronnie’s own words.  In some cases, they add even more to the story.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this book.  All things considered, they make Rainbow in the Dark a story that will appeal to a wide range of readers.  The book is scheduled for release next Friday, July 27, through Permute Press.  More information on the book is available along with all of Dio’s latest news at:

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BMG, Niji Entertainment’s New Dio Live Re-Issues Will Appeal To Dio’s Most Devoted, Vinyl-Loving Fans

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Late last year, representatives with Niji Entertainment – the company responsible for many recent Dio re-issues – and BMG announced that the were partnering to launch a new series of re-issues of Dio’s archived live recordings.  That series launched Friday with the re-issues of his previously released live recordings Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live.  These two re-issues are presentations that will appeal to some audiences and at the same time, prove somewhat intriguing.  The recordings will prove appealing in part because of their expanded availability.  This will be discussed shortly.  The set lists featured in each set list makes them intriguing.  This will be discussed a little later.  The additional content featured with the re-issues will appeal to audiences, too, but only to a point.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of these first two re-issues in BMG and Niji Entertainment’s Dio live re-issues series.  All things considered, they make the recordings a presentation that will appeal primarily to Dio’s most devoted fans.

BMG and Niji Entertainment’s brand new re-issues of his live recordings Evil or DivineLive in New York City and Holy Diver Live are presentations that will find appeal among a specific audience group.  That group is the most devoted Dio fans.  That is due in part to the fact that the previously out-of-print recordings have been made available in this presentation on two separate platforms – CD and LP.  Evil or Divine: Live in New York City is now available on 2CD mediabook and 3LP set.  Specific details were not provided information presented about the recordings, so it has to be assumed in this case, the CDs in question contain the 15-song set from the original 2002 concert while the “book” features pictures and new liner notes about the concert.  The LP set contains the noted concert, too.  This will appeal to those audiences who are more fan vinyls than CDs. 

The re-issue of Holy Diver Live also features the original concert, which was recorded in 2005, on a 3LP set.  Once again, this will appeal mainly to vinyl aficionados as part of the ongoing to appeal to those audiences.  What’s more, the recording was pulled directly from the recording’s original 2006 presentation on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.  In other words, audiences get from this presentation the same concert that they got in the concert’s previous release here on each platform, just in an audio-only format instead of on a full audio-visual presentation.  On a similar note, the track listing of the Live in New York City is lifted from the concert’s 2003 DVD release rather than its 2005 CD release.  This leads into the recordings’ most intriguing and somewhat problematic issue, that of the track listings as they relate to the platforms on which they have been released here.

Courtesy: BMG/Niji Entertainment

It has been noted that the new re-issues of Dio’s live recordings Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live are positives for Dio’s most devoted fan base because in this case, BMG and Niji Entertainment have made them available on CD as well as vinyl sets.  Those vinyl sets even feature some bonus content, which will be discussed later.  While that is true, one also cannot help but wonder why the recordings were not also re-issued on Blu-ray in this case.  That is especially the case with Evil or Divine: Live in New York City.  The set list from that recording’s DVD release is what audiences get on the 2CD and 3LP set here.  It has yet to receive a Blu-ray re-issue, and considering that concerts are meant to be heard and seen, there is no denying that having the DVD set list re-issued exclusively on audio rather than also on audio-visual presentations is slightly disconcerting.  Even in the case of Holy Diver Live, knowing that the set list featured in the CD and LP platforms came direct from the concert’s previous releases, one cannot help but wonder why the concert was not re-issued here on DVD and Blu-ray as well complete with the bonus content featured in the vinyl set.  The end result here is that while it is good that these concerts have been re-issued, it becomes clear that these re-issues are being aimed primarily at Dio fans who are also vinyl fans more so than Dio fans in general.  Yes fans who prefer CDs to vinyl are rewarded, but fans who prefer experiencing concerts in full rather than those who would take them in on audio-only platforms are left out here.  So to that end, while the availability is expanded here, that expansion is still only to a point. It is not enough to make these re-issues failures, but that aside, it does still detract from the recordings’ presentations.

While the limited expansion of Dio’s new live recordings definitely detracts from the re-issues’ success, the bonus content offered to those who can look past that issue will appeal in its own way to the noted targeted audiences.  The CD presentations of each re-issue offer those audiences what has to be assumed to be (again no details about the specifics of the mediabooks were released in the information about the re-issues) extra photos and possible liner notes for the concerts.  While maybe not a whole lot, those possible photos will make up slightly for the concerts not being re-issued on DVD and/or Blu-ray.  They will help give audiences at least a glimpse into the concerts.  The vinyls feature their own bonuses.  The Live in New York City vinyl offers audiences four songs total from Dio’s albums, Angry Machines, Magica, Killing the Dragon, and Master of the Moon.  BMG and Niji Entertainment, by the way, re-issued all four of those albums on CD last year.  The Holy Diver Live brings in the same bonus content that was featured in its original release so long ago.  So in all, audiences who purchase the vinyl re-issues of the recordings will get their own bonus content, as will fans who get the CD re-issues.  It is just that those who buy the vinyl re-issues will get even more out of those re-issues than those who buy the CD re-issues.  To that end, the bonus content featured in these recordings’ re-issues, on each available platform, but it is a limited positive.  That is because audiences who get the vinyls really get more albeit slightly more, than those who buy the recordings’ CD re-issues.  Keeping this in mind along with everything else discussed here, it becomes clear that while audiences will appreciate having these previously out-of-print recordings in their music libraries, those who do will be a more targeted audience than all of Dio’s fans.

BMG and Niji Entertainment’s new re-issues of his live recordings Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live are interesting presentations.  They give audiences who might not have otherwise had the recordings on any of the platforms from their previous releases something to appreciate.  That is due to the somewhat expanded availability of the recordings here.  Fans of vinyl and those of CDs will both be able to take in the concerts on the respective platforms.  Of course while audiences are also somewhat punished because the recordings were not re-issued on DVD or Blu-ray whereas their predecessors were.  That is going to limit the appeal for these recordings.  The bonus content featured with the recordings offers its own appeal for audiences. Though considering the information provided did not lay out as directly, the bonus content featured in the CD platforms as the vinyl re-issues, one cannot help but feel that the vinyl re-issues offer more to appreciate in terms of bonus content than the CD re-issues.  Keeping all of this in mind, BMG and Niji Entertainment’s new re-issues of Evil or Divine: Live in New York City and Holy Diver Live will appeal to a Dio’s most devoted fans, especially those who prefer vinyl to any other platform.  These re-issues are available now.

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Rhino Records To Re-issue Two Classic Black Sabbath Albums

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Two classic Black Sabbath albums will get the re-issue treatment this winter.

Heaven and Hell (1980) and Mob Rules (1981) are scheduled for re-issue March 5 through Rhino Records. The albums were the only Black Sabbath records recorded with Ronnie James Dio during what would be his first stint with the band. Dio’s second stint in 1992 was shorter, resulting in the album Dehumanizer.

The forthcoming re-issues of Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules will release on separate 2CD sets and 2LP sets. The 2CD sets will retail for MSRP of $19.98 and the 2LP sets for $31.98. The vinyl sets will feature the same bonus content that is featured in the 2CD sets.

The full track listing for the CD and LP sets is noted below. Audiences can download a live take of the song ‘Heaven and Hell‘ and a previously unreleased live version of the song ‘The Mob Rules‘ as digital singles now.

HEAVEN AND HELL: DELUXE EDITION
2-CD Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)
1.       “Neon Knights”
2.       “Children Of The Sea”
3.       “Lady Evil”
4.       “Heaven And Hell”
5.       “Wishing Well”
6.       “Die Young”
7.       “Walk Away”
8.       “Lonely Is The Word”
 
Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
1.       “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights” *
2.       “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young” *
3.       “Lady Evil” – 7” Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)
Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980)
4.       “Neon Knights” *
5.       “Children Of The Sea” *
6.       “Heaven And Hell” *
7.       “Die Young” *
Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)
8.      “E5150”
9.      “Neon Knights”
10.    “Children Of The Sea”
11.    “Heaven And Hell”
 
2-LP Track Listing
Side One
1.       “Neon Knights”
2.       “Children Of The Sea”
3.       “Lady Evil”
4.       “Heaven And Hell”
 
Side Two
1.       “Wishing Well”
2.       “Die Young”
3.       “Walk Away”
4.       “Lonely Is The Word”
 
Side Thee
1.       “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights” *
2.       “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young” *
3.       “Lady Evil” – 7” Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)
4.       “Neon Knights” – Live 1980 *

Side Four
1.       “Children Of The Sea” – Live 1980 *
2.       “Heaven And Hell” – Live 1980 *
3.       “Die Young” – Live 1980 *
 
MOB RULES: DELUXE EDITION
2-CD Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)
1.       “Turn Up The Night”
2.       “Voodoo”
3.       “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”
4.       “E5150”
5.       “The Mob Rules”
6.       “Country Girl”
7.       “Slipping Away”
8.       “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”
9.       “Over And Over”

Bonus Tracks
10.    “The Mob Rules” – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
11.    “Die Young” – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7” *
12.    “The Mob Rules” – New 2021 Mix **
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)
13.    “Country Girl”
14.    “Slipping Away” 
15.    “The Mob Rules”
16.    “Voodoo”
Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982 
17.    Intro **
18.    “Neon Knights” **
 
Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982
1.       “N.I.B.” **
2.       “Children Of The Sea” **
3.       “Voodoo” **
4.       “Black Sabbath” **
5.       “War Pigs” **
6.       Drum Solo **
7.       “Iron Man” **
8.       “The Mob Rules” **
9.       “Heaven And Hell” **
10.    Guitar Solo **
11.    “Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell” – Reprise **
12.    “Paranoid” **
13.    “Children Of The Grave” **
 
2-LP Track Listing
Side One
1.       “Turn Up The Night”
2.       “Voodoo”
3.       “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”
4.       “E5150”
5.       “The Mob Rules”
 
Side Two
1.       “Country Girl”
2.       “Slipping Away”
3.       “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”
4.       “Over And Over”
 
Side Three
1.       “The Mob Rules” – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
2.       “Die Young” – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7” *
3.       “The Mob Rules” – New 2021 Mix **
4.       “Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell” – Reprise **
 
Side Four
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82)
1.       “Country Girl”
2.       “Slipping Away” 
3.       “The Mob Rules”
4.       “Voodoo”
 
* previously unreleased in North America
** previously unreleased 

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Classic Dio Album Getting Its Own Graphic Novel

Courtesy: Z2 Comics

Comic publisher Z2 is paying tribute to rock legend Ronnie James Dio.

The music-based comics company is scheduled to publish a new graphic novel centered on Dio’s album Holy Diver next year.  Writer Steve Niles will write the graphic novel’s story, which is based on the album’s cover art.  Scott Hampton will take on the project’s artwork.

Niles was humble as he talked about writing the graphic novel’s story.

“I’m so excited to be writing this book,” he said. “I hope I do Ronnie James Dio justice.”

RJD’s widow Wendy explained the concept behind the 120-page story in a recent interview.

“Steve Niles tells the story behind the album cover ‘Holy Diver,’ a story about how you can’t judge a picture by the way it appears, which is what Ronnie wrote many times in his songs; that you have to see inside the person and not judge them by the way they look or by what they wear,” says Wendy Dio. “Together with Scott Hampton’s amazing artwork they tell the story of ‘Holy Diver,’and I know Ronnie would have given his stamp of approval on this great graphic novel.”

Z2 Publisher Josh Frankel said in his own comments, he was looking forward to the publication of the graphic novel.

“We have managed to work with some of the greatest legends in both comics and music, and a Dio graphic novel with a cover by the great Bill Sienkiewicz perhaps sums that up best,” said Frankel. “This is one of the most iconic heavy metal album covers in history. We are honored to pay tribute to the originator of the universal sign of the music that he has inspired since he first took the stage with Black Sabbath 40 years ago. Working with Wendy Dio directly to ensure it is true to his vision is the next best thing to working with Ronnie James Dio himself, and we have hit a new high note with this one!”

Pre-orders are open now for Dio: Holy Diver.

More information on Dio: Holy Diver is available along with all of the latest Ronnie James Dio news at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://ronniejamesdio.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/OfficialRJDio

 

 

 

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Dio Cancer Fund Marks Famed Front Man’s 78th Birthday With Special Video Presentation

Courtesy: Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund will mark what would have been the late, great rocker’s 78th birthday today.

The anniversary will be commemorated with a new video.  The video features a compilation of interviews with celebrity guests at past Dio Cancer Fund events, including this year’s 10th annual gala.  Among those featured in the video are fellow rockers, such as Rob Halford, Dave Grohl, and Glenn Hughes.

Highlights from this year’s event were compiled into a separate video that is streaming here.  Merchandise from the gala, such as posters, t-shirts, and programs is available to buy here.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  It was founded following Dio’s death in 2010 from gastric cancer.  In the now decade since its foundation, the fund has raised more than $2 million to fight gastric cancer.

In its early years, the RJD Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund committed funds to specific gastric cancer research at M.D. Cancer Center in Houston, where Dio was treated over the last six months of his life.  In the years since, the fund has also provided research funding to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN through the fund’s partnership with the T.J. Martell Foundation.  The partnership was established to research blood tests to detect gastric and esophageal cancers.

The partnership and research led to the acquisition of a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Donations to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund can be made online here.

Over the course of his professional career, Ronnie James Dio fronted Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Heaven & Hell, and even his own band.

More information on the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is available along with the organization’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.diocancerfund.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RJDSUASCF

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DioCancerFund

 

All of the latest RJD news is available at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://ronniejamesdio.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/OfficialRJDio

 

 

 

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