Dio (2)

Dio (2)

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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Dio (2) Discography


20PP-92 Dio (2) Holy Diver (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 20PP-92 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
W4-25100 Dio (2) The Last In Line (Album) Warner Bros. Records W4-25100 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
824 848.1 Dio (2) Sacred Heart (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 824 848.1 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
92-54434 Dio (2) Intermission (MiniAlbum, Album) Vertigo 92-54434 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
832 530-1 Dio (2) Dream Evil (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 832 530-1 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
846 033-2 Dio (2) Lock Up The Wolves (Album) Vertigo 846 033-2 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
518486-2 Dio (2) Strange Highways (Album) Vertigo 518486-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
SPV 085-18292 CD Dio (2) Angry Machines (Album) Mayhem Records Ltd. SPV 085-18292 CD Germany 1996 Sell This Version
SPV 085-18842 P1, SPV 085-18842 P2 Dio (2) Dio's Inferno - The Last In Live (Album) Steamhammer SPV 085-18842 P1, SPV 085-18842 P2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
SPT CD 15020 Dio (2) Magica (Album) Spitfire Records SPT CD 15020 US 2000 Sell This Version
ST2EA008 Dio (2) Killing The Dragon (Album) Spitfire Records ST2EA008 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
EREDV317 Dio (2) Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City (Album) Eagle Vision EREDV317 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SPV 085-69912 CD Dio (2) Master Of The Moon (Album) Sanctuary Records SPV 085-69912 CD Russia 2004 Sell This Version
CDM 0805-2565/2566 Dio (2) Holy Diver Live (Album) Eagle Records CDM 0805-2565/2566 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
ICARUS 690 Dio (2) At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 (Album) Niji Entertainment Group ICARUS 690 Argentina 2010 Sell This Version
ER203211 Dio (2) Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986 (Album) Eagle Records ER203211 US 2013 Sell This Version
VQCD-10367/8 Dio (2) Live In London Hammersmith Apollo 1993 (Album) Eagle Records VQCD-10367/8 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
PLCD025 Dio (2) Chasing Rainbows - Live At The Coliseum Washington 1984 (Album) Rock Classics (2) PLCD025 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DIO 1, 814 252-7 Dio (2) Holy Diver (Single, Maxi) Vertigo, Vertigo DIO 1, 814 252-7 UK 1983 Sell This Version
DIO 2, 814 718-7 Dio (2) Rainbow In The Dark (Single, Maxi) Vertigo, Phonogram DIO 2, 814 718-7 UK 1983 Sell This Version
880 261-1Q Dio (2) Mystery (Maxi, Single) Vertigo 880 261-1Q Germany 1984 Sell This Version
880 084-1 Dio (2) The Last In Line (EP, Single) Vertigo 880 084-1 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
DIO 312 Dio (2) We Rock (Single, Maxi) Warner Bros. Records DIO 312 UK 1984 Sell This Version
DIO 5, 884 063-7 Dio (2) Rock 'N' Roll Children (Single, EP) Vertigo DIO 5, 884 063-7 1985 Sell This Version
880 675-1 Dio (2) Hungry For Heaven (Single, Maxi) Vertigo 880 675-1 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version