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.”

Ronnie James Dio’s Long-Awaited Autobiography Is Tentatively Set To Be Released In July

During a recent interview with RockSverige, Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy Dio offered an update on the singer’s long-awaited autobiography. According to her, the book is tentatively set to be released on July 10.

Wendy said the following:

“I have the book, Ronnie’s autobiography, finally finished with [rock journalist] Mick Wall, and I think it’s coming out on Ronnie’s birthday July 10th. Ronnie had written half of it, and Mick Wall and I got together and found lots of interviews, so I wanted it to still be in Ronnie’s voice. I’m very pleased with that.”

On another note, Wendy also offered an update on the new Ronnie James Dio documentary:

“It’s probably coming out next year. We’ve been working on that, and then it had to stop for a little bit because of them having to go to Europe to interview more people, and because of the travel bans [due to the coronavirus pandemic], they haven’t been able to do that. Hopefully it will come out in 2022.”

“We’ve been working on this for a couple of years. I’m not supposed to talk about it because they said they don’t want me to blow everything now and then there won’t be anything to talk about when it comes out. [Laughs]”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Dio Perform “Rainbow In The Dark” From “Holy Diver Live” Reissue

As previously reported, Niji Entertainment and BMG will be reissuing Dio’s “Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City” and “Holy Diver Live” on February 12. Now, footage of “Rainbow In The Dark” from “Holy Diver Live” has been shared online. You can check that out below:

Dio’s “Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City” And “Holy Diver Live” To Be Reissued In February

Niji Entertainment and BMG will be reissuing Dio’s “Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City” and “Holy Diver Live” on February 12. The records will be the first in a series of live album reissues. Dio’s widow Wendy Dio commented:

“I am very excited to be working with BMG, a label that still has a passion for rock music. They will be making the complete Dio catalog available again with some interesting surprises.”

Here’s what the reissues will include:

“Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City”:

* Reissue of Dio’s long-out-of-print 2005 live release
* Newly remastered and newly created cover art
* Limited-edition vinyl version includes lenticular 3D album-sized art piece along with 3LP 180g black vinyl / triple gatefold
* Also available in 2CD deluxe mediabook and 3LP 180g black vinyl / triple gatefold standard edition / remastered digital version
* Features the complete live show experience as if you were there, including never-before-released version of “Lord Of The Last Day” and an amazing Simon Wright drum solo not on the original release.
* Both 3LP vinyl versions feature special mini four-track bonus from the 1996-2004 studio albums featuring “This Is Your Life” (from “Angry Machines”), “Fever Dreams” (from “Magica”), “Push” (from “Killing The Dragon”) and “The Eyes” (from “Master Of The Moon”)

Track Listing:

01. “Killing The Dragon”
02. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”
03. “Push”
04. “Drum Solo” – Simon Wright
05. “Stand Up And Shout”
06. “Rock And Roll”
07. “Don’t Talk To Strangers”
08. “Man On The Silver Mountain”
09. “Guitar Solo” – Doug Aldrich
10. “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll”
11. “Lord Of The Last Day”
12. “Fever Dreams”
13. “Holy Diver”
14. “Heaven And Hell”
15. “The Last In Line”
16. “Rainbow In The Dark”
17. “We Rock”

Bonus: “Best Of Studio Albums 1996-2004” (on LP configurations only)

18. “This Is Your Life” (from “Angry Machines”)
19. “Fever Dreams” (from “Magica”)
20. “Push” (from “Killing The Dragon”)
21. “The Eyes” (from “Master Of The Moon”)

“Holy Diver Live”:

* Reissue of DIO’s long-out-of-print 2008 live release
* Newly remastered and newly created cover art
* Limited-edtion vinyl version includes lenticular 3D album-sized art piece along with 3LP 180g black vinyl / triple gatefold
* Also available in 2CD deluxe mediabook and 3LP 180g black vinyl / triple gatefold standard edition / remastered digital version
* Features the legendary DIO album “Holy Diver” performed live in its entirety plus DIO classics from across his career including BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW.
* Recorded Live at the London Astoria

Track Listing:

01. “Intro”
02. “Stand Up And Shout”
03. “Holy Diver”
04. “Gypsy”
05. “Drum Solo” – Simon Wright
06. “Caught In The Middle”
07. “Don’t Talk To Strangers”
08. “Straight Through The Heart”
09. “Invisible
10. “Rainbow In The Dark”
11. “Shame On The Night”
12. “Guitar Solo” – Doug Aldrich
13. “Holy Diver” (Reprise)
14. “Tarot Woman”
15. “Sign Of The Southern Cross”
16. “One Night In The City”
17. “Gates Of Babylon”
18. “Heaven And Hell”
19. “Man On The Silver Mountain”
20. “Catch The Rainbow”
21. “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll”
22. “Call For Encore”
23. “We Rock”

Wendy Dio Offers Updates On Upcoming Ronnie James Dio Documentary And Autobiography

During an interview with WSOU, Ronnie James Dio’s widow and manager Wendy Dio offered updates on the frontman’s new documentary and autobiography. You can read what she had to say below. However, it’s worth noting that both projects are “on hold” at the moment.

Wendy said the following about the documentary:

“We started working with BMG on that, with these directors that have done quite a lot of things. And I’m quite happy with them. Of course, everything’s on pause now right now [because of the coronavirus pandemic]. But it will go from Ronnie’s childhood all the way through [to the end of his life]. I think they interviewed Jack Black, and I think they interviewed all of Ronnie’s bandmembers and Doug Aldrich and, I think, Jeff Pilson. They were getting ready to go to Arizona to interview Rob Halford and Lita Ford. And then they were going into England to interview Tony Iommi. They already did Geezer [Butler]. So there will be very interesting stories from different people. I found loads of Super 8 old movies and things, so it will be very, very interesting… I think it’ll be a great thing, and it’ll show people a lot of things that people have never seen before.”

She continued when asked how BMG is planning to release the documentary:

“Well, we were hoping to take it to [the] Sundance [festival] as a movie. So we are waiting, because, obviously, everything’s on hold right now. So we were hoping it would come out early ’21. I think it will come out in ’21, but I’m not sure exactly when now because of the hold-up. It depends on when they can go back to work. They’re sorting through photographs at the moment. I’m still sending them lots of different things for them to sort through. But I think it’ll be really a good documentary.”

Wendy also added the following about the autobiography:

“That is also on hold. I’m working with Mick Wall, who’s quite famous for working with everybody in the industry. If you Google him, you’ll see he’s done almost everybody, books on everyone. I’m working with him. This will be completely different from the documentary. It will be written in Ronnie’s own words, because Ronnie had written up to the end of RAINBOW, and then we found some other stuff after that, little bits and pieces. So we’re putting it all together. Mick and I have been very busy looking for interviews during all the different periods of time. And so we’ll continue on — we’ll finish it and continue on in Ronnie’s own words. Ronnie writes up to that point, and then after that, it’ll be interviews, so it’ll still be his own words of what he’s saying at that particular time in his life… The way he writes is very magical, and it’s very interesting. The stories he tells are very interesting in the book.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Z2 Comics To Release New Comic Book Based On The Cover Art For Dio’s “Holy Diver”

A new comic book based on the cover art for Ronnie James Dio’s “Holy Diver” is tentatively set to be released in summer 2021 via Z2 Comics. The book is being written by Steve Niles and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

The following description of the comic was shared on z2comics.com:

“Behold: the Holy Diver graphic novel – an original storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic album covers. Penned by acclaimed horror comics writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), the book will tell the tale behind the events leading to the powerful moment captured on the cover of Dio’s debut album—definitively addressing 30 years of fan speculation. Why is the priest being thrown into the ocean? Who is truly the villain in this scenario?

All of these questions are exclusively answered for the first time within the 120 pages of this graphic novel.

The Deluxe Edition of the graphic novel includes:

* Hardcover Graphic Novel
* Exclusive Vinyl Picture Disc Reissue of the classic album ‘Holy Diver’
* 3 never before seen ‘Holy Diver’ inspired Art Prints
* Limited edition hardcover slipcase for graphic novel

The Standard Edition of the graphic novel includes:

* Softcover graphic novel

Writer & Artist Credits:

* Written by Steve Niles
* Interiors illustrated by Scott Hampton
* Cover (pictured) illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz
* Alt. Cover (not yet revealed) illustrated by Becky Cloonan”

Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio said the following:

“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. 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 also commented:

“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. 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!”

Niles added:

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

Wendy Dio Says There Are “A Lot Of Unfinished” Ronnie James Dio Tracks That May Eventually Be Released

During a recent interview with Heavy, Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy Dio was asked if she ever comes across any unreleased Dio material. She responded with the following:

“Oh, yeah. I find it all the time. Every time I go over to the storage — it’s in a climate-controlled storage. It’s all labeled and stuff, but I find stuff all the time. ‘Oh, look at this. This is really good. Oh, yes. This is wonderful.’ And there’s a lot of unfinished songs that in the future we can figure out how we can put them out. But it has to be perfect, it has to be the way Ronnie would want it. I don’t wanna flood the market with just a bunch of old crap. I’m very particular about what we find, and then having someone with professional ears, like [Dio’s longtime recording engineer] Wyn Davis, listen to it to make sure it’s fine before we put anything out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ronnie James Dio Documentary To Be Released Through BMG

According to Variety, BMG will be serving as the financier and executive producer of the upcoming Ronnie James Dio documentary. As previously reported, filming for that release began last year.

Variety also offered more info on the documentary:

“Set against the backdrop of Dio’s unfinished autobiography, the as-yet-untitled film will include rare archival footage and photos from his personal archives. According to the announcement, the film will offer intimate scenes with Dio’s closest peers, friends and family. It looks not only at his personal life and career, but also his extensive charity work, which included the Dio-helmed Hear ‘n Aid — the metal world’s answer to Band Aid and USA for Africa in 1985, which raised more than $1 million in a year — and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in his honor, which has raised more than $2.5 million to fund cancer research.

The film is financed solely by BMG and will be 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, executive produced by Wendy Dio for Niji Productions and Kathy Rivkin Daum for BMG.”

Wendy Dio added:

“I am very excited to be working with BMG on Ronnie’s long-awaited documentary. Ronnie loved his fans and I hope they will enjoy this trip through Ronnie’s life.”

Kathy Rivkin Daum, Executive Producer of BMG, continued:

“We are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with artists to tell their stories on the big screen. Dio, a larger than life rock hero, whose music means so much to millions of fans worldwide, deserves nothing less. The story behind his passion, ambition, and the highs and lows of success, in the rock and metal worlds, is something audiences have never seen before and won’t soon forget. We are honored to partner with Wendy on this incredible journey celebrating Ronnie’s life and work.”

Listen To More Bonus Tracks From Upcoming Dio Deluxe Reissues

As previously reported, new deluxe editions of Dio‘s “Angry Machines,“ “Magica,“ “Killing The Dragon,“ and “Master Of The Moon“ will be released in the near future. The records, which will now be available on March 20, have been remastered and will come with various bonus tracks. Among the extras are “Rainbow In The Dark” (live on the ‘Master Of The Moon‘ tour), “Stand Up And Shout” (live on the ‘Killing The Dragon‘ tour), “Hunter Of The Heart” (live on the ‘Angry Machines‘ tour), and “Fever Dreams” (live on the ‘Magica‘ tour), which can all be streamed below:

Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Move 10th Anniversary Memorial Gala Awards Fundraiser To The Avalon In Los Angeles

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s death, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund will be hosting a special Awards Gala on February 20 in Los Angeles, California. The event was originally set to take place at the Wiltern, but it has since been moved to the Avalon.

The following details were provided via universe.com:

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with its 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala on February 20, 2020. The Awards Gala will take place at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles and will recognize honorees who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity.

The amazing vocals and visuals of Ronnie James Dio with his live band DIO, who performed with him for his last 17 years, will provide the entertainment for the Gala, featuring vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan and band members Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Scott Warren and Bjorn Englen. Additional performances include local rockers Sadie & the Tribe plus surprise special guests. The evening will also include live & silent auctions and a raffle.

Sponsor and VIP ticket holders will also enjoy a gourmet dinner with wine pairings and a luxury gift bag.

Featuring celebrity presenters, eight awards named after songs written by Ronnie James Dio will be presented to the following distinguished honorees:

* Holy Diver Award: honoring Rhino Entertainment/Warner Music Group executives: Kevin Gore, President, Global Catalog, Recorded Music & Arts Music, Warner Music Group; Mark Pinkus, President, Rhino Entertainment & U.S. Catalog, WMG; Jason Day, Vice President, A&R, Warner Music Group; Jason Elzy, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, Rhino Entertainment; and Brian Dodd, Manager, Global Artist Brand Management, Rhino Entertainment

* Killing the Dragon Award: Laura Heatherly, Chief Executive Officer, T.J. Martell Foundation, which is dedicated to funding innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer

* King of Rock ‘n Roll Award: Barry Drinkwater, Executive Chairman, Global Merchandise Services Ltd.

* Magica Award: Wyn Davis, Ronnie James Dio’s Long-Time Recording Engineer and Owner of Total Access Recording Studios

* Master of the Moon Award: honoring BMG executives Thomas Scherer, Executive Vice-President, Repertoire & Marketing L.A., Global Writer Services & China; Michael Kachko, Senior Vice-President, Catalog Recordings; Jeff Christian, Director of Catalogs; and Kathy Rivkin Daum, Senior Director, Films

* Rainbow in the Dark Award: Mikeal Maglieri, Owner of the World-Renowned Rainbow Bar and Grill and Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip

* Sacred Heart Award: Dr. David Wong, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, UCLA School of Dentistry and Director for UCLA Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research (COOR)

* Stand Up and Shout Award: Jeff Pezzuti, CEO of Eyellusion, creators of the Dio Returns! hologram

For information regarding advertising in the Full Color Souvenir Program, contact info@diocancerfund.org

For information on Event Sponsorships contact info@diocancerfund.org

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable fund formed in honor of the legendary Ronnie James Dio who lost his life to stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. The Fund is dedicated to supporting research and education that furthers early detection, prevention and treatment of prostate, colon and gastric cancers.

Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.