Super Deluxe Edition Of Dio’s “Holy Diver” To Be Released In July

A new super deluxe edition of Dio’s “Holy Diver” is set to be released on July 8. The four-CD box set will come with Joe Barresi’s new mix of the album, a remastered version of the original album, unreleased outtakes, live recordings, rarities, and illustrated liner notes from Mick Wall. A clear 2-LP vinyl edition of Barresi’s mix will also be available.

Further details were shared in a press release:

“‘HOLY DIVER: SUPER DELUXE EDITION’ goes beyond the original album with a previously unreleased recording of the quartet performing live in 1983 at Selland Arena in Fresno, California during the Holy Diver Tour. Wyn Davis mixed the concert recording, which spotlights live versions of songs from Holy Diver (‘Stand Up And Shout‘ and ‘Rainbow In The Dark‘), Rainbow classics (‘Man On The Silver Mountain‘ and ‘Starstruck‘), and Sabbath staples, (‘Children Of The Sea‘ and ‘Heaven And Hell.’)

The Super Deluxe Edition also revisits the Holy Diver recording sessions to uncover unreleased outtakes for several album cuts, including unheard takes for ‘Invisible,’ ‘Straight Through The Heart,’ and a version of ‘Rainbow In The Dark‘ that boasts an alternative guitar solo. There’s also an early version of ‘Evil Eyes,’ a song that would resurface on Dio’s 1984 follow-up album, ‘The Last in Line‘. A selection of rarities rounds out the new collection with mono and stereo 7” single edits for ‘Rainbow In The Dark‘ and a version of ‘Evil Eyes‘ that was released in 1983 as the B-side to ‘Holy Diver.’”

“Holy Diver: Super Deluxe Edition” Track Listing:

CD 1: “Holy Diver” (2022 Joe Barresi Mix)

CD 2: “Holy Diver” (2022 Remaster)

01. “Stand Up And Shout”
02. “Holy Diver”
03. “Gypsy”
04. “Caught In The Middle”
05. “Don’t Talk To Strangers”
06. “Straight Through The Heart”
07. “Invisible”
08. “Rainbow In The Dark”
09. “Shame On The Night”

CD 3: “Live at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA, 1983“:

01. “Intro”
02. “Stand Up And Shout”
03. “Straight Through The Heart”
04. “Shame On The Night”
05. “Children Of The Sea”
06. “Holy Diver”
07. “Heaven And Hell” (including guitar solo)
08. “Rainbow In The Dark”
09. “Man On The Silver Mountain”
10. “Starstuck”
11. “Man On The Silver Mountain” (reprise)
12. “Don’t Talk To Strangers”

CD 4: “Outtakes, Singles & B-Sides“:

01. “Evil Eyes” (Wyn Davis remix)
02. “Don’t Talk To Strangers” (Take 1) (Joe Barresi mix)
03. “Invisible” (Take 1) (Joe Barresi mix)
04. “Invisible” (Take 3) (Joe Barresi mix)
05. “Rainbow In The Dark” (Alternative Guitar Solo Version) (Joe Barresi mix)
06. “Straight Through The Heart” (Take 2) (Joe Barresi mix)
07. “Straight Through The Heart” (Take 3) (Joe Barresi mix)
08. “Rainbow In The Dark” (7” Mono Edit)
09. “Evil Eyes” (1983 Version)
10. “Rainbow In The Dark” (7” Stereo Edit)

New Ronnie James Dio Documentary “Dio: Dreamers Never Die” To Receive World Premiere At 2022 SXSW Film Festival

The upcoming Ronnie James Dio documentary, “Dio: Dreamers Never Die,” is officially set to receive its world premiere at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. That event will take place in Austin, Texas on March 11-20.

Blabbermouth shared the following information on the film:

“‘Dio: Dreamers Never Die’ is the first documentary about Dio to be fully authorized by the artist’s estate. According to the film’s official description, it ‘delves deep into his incredible rise from ’50s doo-wop crooner to his early classic rock days in Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW, to replacing the iconic lead singer Ozzy Osbourne in BLACK SABBATH, to finally cement his legend with DIO. Ronnie’s biography is completely unique to the tired sex, drugs and rock and roll clichés. The film is about perseverance, dreams and the power to believe in yourself.’

‘Dio: Dreamers Never Die’ screenings:

* Paramount Theatre on March 17, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

* Online only on March 18, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

‘Dio: Dreamers Never Die’ was financed solely by BMG and was helmed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton (“Framing John DeLorean”, “Believer”, “Last Days Here”), produced by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce for 9.14 Pictures, and executive produced by Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, for Niji Productions and Kathy Rivkin Daum for BMG.

Ronnie James Dio’s story transcends the standard rock documentary. Set against the backdrop of Dio’s autobiography — half finished by Ronnie before his untimely death from stomach cancer in 2010 — the film chronicles the inspiring journey of his life, love, and storied career. Whether playing sold-out stadiums or battling illness, his powerful voice and gentle heart have had a profound influence on his family, friends, and fans around the world.”

Wendy Dio Explains Decision To Put Ronnie James Dio Hologram On Hold

Earlier this year, Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy Dio revealed that the hologram of the iconic singer has been put “on hold.” Now, during a recent interview with Kazagastão, Wendy further explained that decision, saying that the hologram was too expensive to tour with it.

Wendy said the following:

“[The hologram] was well received sometimes, sometimes not; it all depends on the people. The problem with the hologram, and it’s great — and I won’t say never again — but it costs so much money, you can only go into certain venues because of the height of it and the size of it. It’s too expensive to travel, so therefore we couldn’t come to Brazil, couldn’t come to South America, couldn’t go to Japan, couldn’t go to Europe with it. So it limits you so much.”

She also added:

“So we are going out next year in March — the DIO band will go out again — but this time I found an ISO film, a 17-camera shoot, there’s an ISO one of Ronnie only. So we took that, and we’re making this with special effects. So it won’t be a hologram — it’ll be a film of Ronnie himself with the DIO live band and special effects. So we’re working on that. And that we can take anywhere. So we’re hoping to come to Brazil next year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Wendy Dio Offers Update On Upcoming Ronnie James Dio Documentary

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Ronnie James Dio’s widow and manager Wendy Dio offered an update on her late husband’s upcoming documentary. According to her, the film will be released in 2022.

Wendy said the following:

“I’m going to see the first cut of it next week. They’re coming out, and I’m seeing the first cut next week. We are hoping to get it out in ’22 — well, it will come out in ’22, for sure. Absolutely… [The filming] is done. They’re coming in to let me look at it before it goes to edit. And I’m very excited about it, actually — very excited.”

She also added:

“There’s a bunch of stuff from [old] Super 8 [tapes] and some other stuff. There’s fantastic interviews with all kinds of different people about when they were working with Ronnie or what they were doing at the time, maybe supporting Ronnie. It’s totally different to the [recently released Dio] book. And I’m very interested to see this cut. I’m excited, actually, to see it. And I think it’s gonna be great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Wendy Dio On Ronnie James Dio Hologram: “I Don’t Know If We’re Going To Do That Again Or Not”

During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy Dio offered an update on the hologram of the iconic singer. According to her, the project is currently “on hold.”

Wendy said the following:

“The hologram is on hold. I don’t know if we’re going to do that again or not.

She also added:

“We went out, and we tried it — we did it. There’s still talk about doing the hologram. I don’t know. I think that there’s so much more that’s come along developing-wise [as far as technology]. I just think that the fans would prefer to see Ronnie as being really Ronnie instead of a hologram.”

Despite this, Wendy went on to say that a tour featuring archival footage is in the works:

“We are going to tour. I’m working on some special effects of stuff with Ronnie. It’s film of Ronnie, not a hologram. … I found a bunch of footage that was done. I found the ISO film of Ronnie only, and we’ve been taking that and working with that with special effects and things. It looks really, really cool. I’m hoping this is going to come out really, really well. I’ve only seen a few bits of it. It’s a long procedure and expensive, so we’ve been working on it. But I think the fans will like it and enjoy it.”

Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

Fan Photos Wanted For Upcoming Ronnie James Dio Documentary

The producers of the upcoming Ronnie James Dio documentary are currently seeking fan photos to use in the film. They said the following about that:

“We are looking for your personal photos with Ronnie James Dio to include in the upcoming documentary about his incredible life and legacy. While Ronnie’s music changed many of our lives, he was forever grateful to the fans who helped him achieve his dreams. We think the best way to honor that special bond is to include your photos with the man himself. Dig into those old boxes because we are looking for photos from all decades. Upload your photo at: diodocumentary.com.”

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Claims He Was Using The Devil Horns Hand Gesture Years Before Ronnie James Dio

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler claimed that he used the devil horns hand gesture years before his late bandmate Ronnie James Dio. The bassist says he has photos of himself using the symbol in 1971 and that he “always used to do it in the breakdown in the song ‘Black Sabbath’.”

Butler said the following:

“I’ve been doing that sign since — I’ve got pictures of me doing it since 1971. And I always used to do it in the breakdown in the song ‘Black Sabbath’ — just before it goes into the fast part at the end, I’d do that sign to the audience. And on the first couple of ‘Heaven And Hell’ tour shows, Ronnie was saying, ‘When I’m going on stage, everybody is doing the peace sign to me, and that’s an Ozzy thing. I feel like I should be doing something back to them.’ He says, ‘What’s that sign that you do in ‘Black Sabbath’?’ And I showed him the devil horns sign. And he started doing it from there and made it famous.”

He continued when aked why he never publicly took credit for the devil horns before:

“I didn’t really think much of it. As I say, I’ve got pictures of me doing it in 1971. And it was just an alternative to Ozzy’s peace signs, I was doing it. And if you look at the ‘Yellow Submarine’ album cover [from THE BEATLES], John Lennon’s cartoon character is doing it, in 1966 or whatever it was. So it’s an old sign. I was just doing it ’cause [English occultist] Aleister Crowley used to do it.”

Butler also claimed that Dio took other things from him:

“There’s a lot of things that he nicked off me that he claimed that he was the originator. But he made it famous, so I didn’t care. The [DIO] album title ‘Sacred Heart’; that’s where I used to go to school. And he called one of his songs ‘One Foot In The Grave’. I jokingly said, ‘We should call the album ‘One Foot In The Grave’.’ And then when he left [SABBATH], he called one of his songs that. He was very naughty about things like that. And when I did an autograph, I’d write ‘Magic’. So Ronnie started writing ‘Magic’ as well. In fact, he called his [DIO] album ‘Magica’. He was very naughty about things like that.”

He added the following when asked if he ever confronted Dio:

“Nah. Only about the devil horn sign.”

UPDATE: Butler has since clarified his comments on Twitter:

[via Blabbermouth]

Ronnie James Dio’s Long-Awaited Autobiography “Rainbow In The Dark” Receives Official Release Date

The late Ronnie James Dio’s long-awaited autobiography, “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography,” will finally be released on July 27. Pre-orders are available via simonandschuster.com.

Here’s a description of the book:

“The long-awaited autobiography by one of heavy metal’s most revered icons, treasured vocalists, and front man for three legendary bands—Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio.

Prior to his tragic death in 2010, Ronnie James Dio had been writing his autobiography, looking back on the remarkable life that led him from his hometown in upstate New York to the biggest stages in the world, including the arena that represented the pinnacle of success to him—Madison Square Garden, where this book begins and ends.

As Ronnie contemplates the achievement of a dream, he reflects on the key aspects that coalesced into this moment—the close gang of friends that gave him his start in music, playing parties, bars, frats, and clubs; the sudden transition that moved him to the microphone and changed his life forever; the luck that led to the birth of Rainbow and a productive but difficult collaboration with Ritchie Blackmore; the chance meeting that made him the second singer of Black Sabbath, taking them to new levels of success; the surprisingly tender story behind the birth of the Devil Horns, the lasting symbol of heavy metal; his marriage to Wendy, which stabilized his life, and the huge bet they placed together to launch the most successful endeavor of his career…his own band, Dio.

Everything is described in great detail and in the frankest terms, from his fallout with Blackmore, to the drugs that derailed the resurrection of Black Sabbath, to the personality clashes that frayed each band.

Written with longtime friend of thirty years and esteemed music writer, Mick Wall, who took up the mantle after Ronnie’s passing, Rainbow in the Dark is a frank, startling, often hilarious, sometimes sad testament to dedication and ambition, filled with moving coming-of-age tales, glorious stories of excess, and candid recollections of what really happened backstage at the hotel, in the studio, and back home behind closed doors far away from the road.”