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 Holy Diver — Dio (2) Dio (2) Holy Diver (Album) Warner Bros. Records 811 021-1 Australasia 1983 Sell This Version
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KB 495 King Biscuit Flower Hour — Dio (2) Ronnie Dio* / Queensryche* Ronnie Dio* / Queensryche* - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting KB 495 US 1983 Sell This Version
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CL-384 Captured Live! — Dio (2) Dio (2) Captured Live!(2xLP, Transcription, Hos) Rko Radio Networks CL-384 US 1984 Sell This Version
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32PD-94, 822 366-2 The Last In Line — Dio (2) Dio (2) The Last In Line (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 32PD-94, 822 366-2 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
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IC-84-19 Westwood One In Concert Show #83-19 — Dio (2) 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
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#513 King Biscuit Flower Hour — Dio (2) 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
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none King Biscuit Flower Hour — Dio (2) Dio (2), Fastway (2) Dio (2), Fastway (2) - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour none US 1984 Sell This Version
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IC-84-06 Westwood One In Concert Show #84-6 — Dio (2) Dio (2) Westwood One In Concert Show #84-6(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC-84-06 US 1984 Sell This Version
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VERH 30 Sacred Heart — Dio (2) Dio (2) Sacred Heart (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records VERH 30 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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IC-85-06 Westwood One In Concert Show #85-6 — Dio (2) Dio (2) Westwood One In Concert Show #85-6(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC-85-06 US 1985 Sell This Version
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BOB-561 Best Of The Biscuit — Dio (2) 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
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830 078-1 Intermission — Dio (2) Dio (2) Intermission (MiniAlbum, Album) Vertigo 830 078-1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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9 25612-4 Dream Evil — Dio (2) Dio (2) Dream Evil (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 25612-4 US 1987 Sell This Version
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846 033 4, VT-0360890 Lock Up The Wolves — Dio (2) Dio (2) Lock Up The Wolves (Album) Reprise Records 846 033 4, VT-0360890 Indonesia 1990 Sell This Version
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518486-2, 518 486 - 2 Strange Highways — Dio (2) Dio (2) Strange Highways (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 518486-2, 518 486 - 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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SPV 085-18292 CD Angry Machines — Dio (2) Dio (2) Angry Machines (Album) Mayhem Records Ltd. SPV 085-18292 CD Europe 1996 Sell This Version
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SPV 085-18842 P1, SPV 085-18842 P2 Dio's Inferno - The Last In Live — Dio (2) Dio (2) Dio's Inferno - The Last In Live (Album) Steamhammer SPV 085-18842 P1, SPV 085-18842 P2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
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98-23 In Concert: High Voltage — Dio (2) Whitesnake / Dio (2) Whitesnake / Dio (2) - In Concert: High Voltage(2xCDr, Transcription) Westwood One 98-23 US 1998 Sell This Version
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SPT CD 15020 Magica — Dio (2) Dio (2) Magica (Album) Spitfire Records SPT CD 15020 US 2000 Sell This Version
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SPITMC 199, P1590 Killing The Dragon — Dio (2) Dio (2) Killing The Dragon (Album) Spitfire Records SPITMC 199, P1590 Indonesia 2002 Sell This Version
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06076-84723-2-7 Master Of The Moon — Dio (2) Dio (2) Master Of The Moon (Album) Sanctuary 06076-84723-2-7 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
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EV426313 Holy Diver Live — Dio (2) Dio (2) Holy Diver Live (Album) Eagle Records EV426313 France 2006 Sell This Version
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CANDLE327CD Live - We Rock — Dio (2) Dio (2) Live - We Rock (Album) Candlelight Records CANDLE327CD UK 2010 Sell This Version
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ICARUS 690 At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 — Dio (2) Dio (2) At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 (Album) Niji Entertainment Group ICARUS 690 Argentina 2010 Sell This Version
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ST2EA316 Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 – — Dio (2) Dio (2) Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 – (Album) Eagle Records ST2EA316 Brazil 2013 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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