Dio (2)

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Dio was a heavy metal band formed by singer Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice in 1982 following their depature from Black Sabbath. Although Ronnie claimed that his intention was to form a band and not a solo project, he remained the only continuous member and the prime creative force in the band throughout its lifespan.

The original line-up was rounded out by bassist Jimmy Bain and guitarist Vivian Campbell for the band's debut, 1983's "Holy Diver". The album remains the group's most well-known and commercially successful release. The band added keyboardist Claude Schnell afterwards and this line-up appeared on the band's next two LPs, "Last In Line" (1984) and "Sacred Heart" (1985), both of which were commercial successes. Vivian Campbell left the band in 1986 and was replaced by Craig Goldy for 1987's "Dream Evil". However, by the time Dio released their next album, 1990's "Lock Up The Wolves", the group's popularity was waning and the band had undergone a complete overhaul, with only Ronnie remaining from the original line-up.

By the start of the 1990s, both Dio and Ronnie's former band, Black Sabbath, saw that their separate commercial fortunes were waning. In an attempt to rekindle their old magic, Ronnie put Dio to rest and joined forces with Vinny Appice, Geezer Butler, and Tony Iommi for the 1992 Black Sabbath record, "Dehumanizer". The release met with a largely positive reception from most fans but old personal issues were still unresolved and Ronnie and Vinny departed Black Sabbath again in 1993 and launched a new version of Dio. The new band included guitarist Tracy G, bassist Jeff Pilson, and keyboardist Scott Warren. This line-up recorded 1994's "Strange Highways" (Dio's last album for a major label) and 1996's "Angry Machines". These albums saw the band turn away from the "sword & sorcery" lyrics and traditional heavy metal sound of the old days and move towards more modern sounds and lyrical issues. Many fans were not receptive towards these changes.

2000's "Magica" not only saw Dio return to the "classic" sound of the band, but also saw the return of Jimmy Bain, Craig Goldy, and drummer Simon Wright (4) (the latter of whom had played on "Lock Up The Wolves"). The follow-up to "Magica", 2002's "Killing The Dragon" saw Goldy replaced by Doug Aldrich. In 2004, Goldy would return to replace Aldrich and Jimmy Bain quit the band again. Jeff Pilson would return for bass duties on 2004's "Master Of The Moon", although other obligations prevented him from touring so Rudy Sarzo joined as the band's live bass player. Doug Aldrich replaced Goldy again in 2005 and appeared on two live releases, "Evil Or Divine - Live In New York City" and "Holy Diver - Live", before Goldy would once again rejoin the band in 2006.

In 2007, the Dio band went on hiatus again as Ronnie re-teamed with Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, and Vinny Appice to form Heaven & Hell (2). Although, Ronnie stated that the Dio band would continue, with plans for making "Magica II" and "Magica III", this would not come to pass, as in late 2009, the singer was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He passed away in May 2010.
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811 021-1 Dio (2) - Holy Diver album art Dio (2) Holy Diver (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 811 021-1 Philippines 1983 Sell This Version
CL-384 Dio (2) - Captured Live! (CL-384) album art Dio (2) Captured Live! (CL-384)(2xLP, Transcription, Hos) Rko Radio Networks CL-384 US 1984 Sell This Version
32PD-94, 822 366-2 Dio (2) - The Last In Line album art Dio (2) The Last In Line (Album) Vertigo 32PD-94, 822 366-2 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
IC-84-19 Dio (2) - Westwood One In Concert Show #83-19 album art Dio (2) / Red Rider Dio (2) / Red Rider - Westwood One In Concert Show #83-19(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC-84-19 US 1984 Sell This Version
#513 Dio (2) - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Krokus / Dio (2) Krokus / Dio (2) - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Promo, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Promo, Tra) DIR Broadcasting #513 US 1984 Sell This Version
IC-84-06 Dio (2) - Westwood One In Concert Show #84-6 album art Dio (2) Westwood One In Concert Show #84-6(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC-84-06 US 1984 Sell This Version
VERH 30 Dio (2) - Sacred Heart album art Dio (2) Sacred Heart (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records VERH 30 UK 1985 Sell This Version
IC-85-06 Dio (2) - Westwood One In Concert Show #85-6 album art Dio (2) Westwood One In Concert Show #85-6(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC-85-06 US 1985 Sell This Version
BOB-561 Dio (2) - Best Of The Biscuit album art Twisted Sister / Dio (2) Twisted Sister / Dio (2) - Best Of The Biscuit(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) ABC Rock Radio Network BOB-561 US 1985 Sell This Version
830 078-1 Dio (2) - Intermission album art Dio (2) Intermission (MiniAlbum, Album) Vertigo 830 078-1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
9 25612-4, 4-25612 Dio (2) - Dream Evil album art Dio (2) Dream Evil (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 25612-4, 4-25612 US 1987 Sell This Version
0876447-84 Dio (2) - Lock Up The Wolves album art Dio (2) Lock Up The Wolves (Album) Reprise Records 0876447-84 Bulgaria 1990 Sell This Version
518486-2, 518 486 - 2 Dio (2) - Strange Highways album art Dio (2) Strange Highways (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 518486-2, 518 486 - 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
SPV 085-18292 CD Dio (2) - Angry Machines album art Dio (2) Angry Machines (Album) Mayhem Records Ltd. SPV 085-18292 CD Europe 1996 Sell This Version
SPV 085-18842 P1, SPV 085-18842 P2 Dio (2) - Dio's Inferno - The Last In Live album art Dio (2) Dio's Inferno - The Last In Live (Album) Steamhammer SPV 085-18842 P1, SPV 085-18842 P2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
98-23 Dio (2) - High Voltage 98-23 album art Whitesnake / Dio (2) Whitesnake / Dio (2) - High Voltage 98-23(2xCD, Transcription) Westwood One 98-23 US 1998 Sell This Version
SPT CD 15020 Dio (2) - Magica album art Dio (2) Magica (Album) Spitfire Records SPT CD 15020 US 2000 Sell This Version
SPITMC 199, P1590 Dio (2) - Killing The Dragon album art Dio (2) Killing The Dragon (Album) Spitfire Records SPITMC 199, P1590 Indonesia 2002 Sell This Version
EV 426093 Dio (2) - Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City album art Dio (2) Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City (Album) Eagle Vision EV 426093 France 2003 Sell This Version
060-0023487 LP, SPV 999-69911 Dio (2) - Master Of The Moon album art Dio (2) Master Of The Moon (Album) Sanctuary 060-0023487 LP, SPV 999-69911 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
EV426313 Dio (2) - Holy Diver Live album art Dio (2) Holy Diver Live (Album) Eagle Records EV426313 France 2006 Sell This Version
CANDLE327CD Dio (2) - Live - We Rock album art Dio (2) Live - We Rock (Album) Candlelight Records CANDLE327CD UK 2010 Sell This Version
ICARUS 690 Dio (2) - At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 album art Dio (2) At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 (Album) Niji Entertainment Group ICARUS 690 Argentina 2010 Sell This Version
ST2EA316 Dio (2) - Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 – album art Dio (2) Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 – (Album) Eagle Records ST2EA316 Brazil 2013 Sell This Version
PLCD025 Dio (2) - Chasing Rainbows - Live At The Coliseum Washington 1984 album art Dio (2) Chasing Rainbows - Live At The Coliseum Washington 1984 (Album) Parallel Lines PLCD025 UK 2014 Sell This Version

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Green_Doggo_Wisdom

Green_Doggo_Wisdom

August 3, 2020
I feel bad for devildick not having a good live experience with Dio, along with other amazing artists.
stasco76

stasco76

July 30, 2020
Can someone fix the correct discography, without these non official releases?

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