Ronnie James Dio To Be Honored During Sixth Annual “Bowl For Ronnie” Event

The details have been revealed for this year’s “Bowl For Ronnie” event. The celebrity bowling party, which honors the late great Ronnie James Dio, will take place at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, CA on November 17 and it will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk. The event will feature a celebrity bowling tournament and a raffle to raise money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

Ronnie James Dio Museum “In The Works”

During a recent interview with Radio Forrest, Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy Dio revealed that she is hoping to open a museum dedicated to her late husband. She says the exhibit is currently “in the works.”

Wendy said the following:

“I have a lot of stuff that I’ve kept back for a museum. We’re working on a museum right now. We’re hoping to open a museum on Sunset Boulevard [in Los Angeles]. That’s in the works.”

She continued when it was mentioned that Ronnie’s estate had an auction in 2018:

“I had a storage locker full of stuff — it was years and years and years of his stuff there — and I was, like, suddenly, ‘What if I pass away? People will just chuck this stuff out. Let’s just put it up for auction, sell it’ and get the fans or whoever wanted it… Some people bought things. I don’t know where it went. A lot of it went to different museums in different countries. But, obviously, I still have [a lot of stuff]. I would never part with the original artwork of [DIO’s] ‘Holy Diver’ [album]; I have that hanging in my office. And a lot of the gold records I wouldn’t part with. And then some of the awards he got and things, some of his stage clothes — those are things I kept. And obviously we’ll put them in a museum one day.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Trailer For New Ronnie James Dio Documentary “Dio: Dreamers Never Die”

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Ronnie James Dio documentary “Dio: Dreamers Never Die.“ As previously reported, that film will be screened in select theaters on September 28 and October 2.

Ronnie James Dio Documentary “Dio: Dreamers Never Die” To Hit Theaters This Fall

The new Ronnie James Dio documentary, “Dio: Dreamers Never Die,” will be screened in cinemas worldwide on September 28 and October 2. Tickets will be available on August 24 at diodreamersneverdie.com.

Further details were shared in a press release:

“The first-ever, career-spanning documentary on the life and times of legendary metal icon Ronnie James Dio comes to cinemas worldwide for two days only on Wed Sept. 28 and Sun Oct. 2. Executive produced by Dio’s widow and longtime manager, Wendy Dio, and fully authorized by the artist’s estate, DIO: Dreamers Never Die delves deep into the singer’s incredible rise from a ‘50s doo-wop crooner to his early rock days in Elf and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, to replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, and finally cementing his rock star status with his own band, DIO.

The film incorporates never-before-seen footage and personal photos, as well as offering intimate scenes with his closest peers, family, and friends, among them Wendy Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Glenn Hughes, Vinny Appice, Lita Ford, Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Eddie Trunk, and Jack Black, as they bring viewers inside the life of one of rock and roll’s true heroes and one of the most beloved figures in rock.

In addition to the feature-length film, this special cinema event will also include a hand-picked selection of outtakes from the cutting room floor, creating an experience that is exclusive only to fans in attendance.

Presented in cinemas worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing and BMG, tickets for DIO: Dreamers Never Die go on sale on Wed., Aug. 24 at 10:00 a.m. EDT at www.diodreamersneverdie.com

“We are excited to be partnering with BMG and Wendy Dio to present ‘DIO: Dreamers Never Die’ in cinemas worldwide,” said Kymberli Frueh, SVP for Programming and Content Acquisitions for Trafalgar Releasing. “Ronnie James Dio has and continues to influence the heavy metal movement. This cinema event will take fans on a big screen journey into the creative and personal life of this notable frontman.”

Ronnie James Dio, who died of gastric cancer in 2010, reigns as one of the most influential rock artists of all time and one of the greatest vocalists ever. With an illustrious recording career spanning from the 1950’s through to the 2000’s, the documentary follows his trajectory from sideman into singer, songwriter and frontman of not one, but three, of rock’s internationally-renowned, multi-platinum-selling arena attractions: Rainbow, Black Sabbath and DIO.

Famous for popularizing the ‘devil horns’ hand gesture that is now synonymous with hard rock and heavy metal music, Dio was known for not wavering in his pursuit of his rock and roll dreams and continues to influence a new generation of music artists. His fans the world over remember him not only for his massive talent, but for his kindness, resulting in millions of dollars raised for cancer research in his memory.

DIO: Dreamers Never Die was financed solely by BMG and was directed 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 for Niji Productions and Kathy Rivkin Daum for BMG.

Argott and Fenton said, “People who have conviction, talent and heart like Ronnie James Dio are in short supply these days. It is refreshing to share his inspiring story of believing in yourself and chasing your dreams. As life-long DIO fans, it is incredibly humbling to bring Ronnie’s journey to the screen and we can’t wait to share it with audiences.”

Rhino/WMG will release the soundtrack from DIO: Dreamers Never Die in the autumn.”

Dio’s “Donington ’83” And “Donington ’87” Performances To Be Re-Released In September

Niji Entertainment and BMG will be re-releasing Dio’s “Donington ’83” and “Donington ’87” performances on September 23. The sets will be available on vinyl and CD and they will include a 3D / lenticular art print of the cover. The LP versions will also include an exclusive etching.

“Donington ’83”:

Personnel:

  • Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
  • Vivian Campbell – Guitar
  • Jimmy Bain – Bass
  • Vinny Appice – Drums
  • Claude Schnell – Keyboards

Track Listing:

01. “Stand Up and Shout”
02. “Straight Through The Heart”
03. “Children Of The Sea”
04. “Rainbow In The Dark”
05. “Holy Diver”
06. “Drum Solo”
07. “Stargazer”
08. “Guitar Solo”
09. “Heaven And Hell”
10. “Man On The Silver Mountain”
11. “Starstruck”
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” (Reprise)

“Donington ’87”:

Personnel:

  • Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
  • Craig Goldy – Guitar
  • Jimmy Bain – Bass
  • Vinny Appice – Drums
  • Claude Schnell – Keyboards

Track Listing:

01. “Dream Evil”
02. “Neon Knights”
03. “Naked In The Rain”
04. “Rock ‘N’ Roll Children”
05. “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll”
06. “The Last In Line”
07. “Children Of The Sea”
08. “Holy Diver”
09. “Heaven And Hell”
10. “Man On The Silver Mountain”
11. “All The Fools Sailed Away”
12. “The Last In Line” (Reprise)
13. “Rainbow In The Dark”

Ronnie James Dio Documentary “Dio: Dreamers Never Die” To Receive Theatrical Release At The End Of Summer

Wendy Dio has revealed that the documentary on her late husband, Ronnie James Dio, will be receiving a theatrical release at the end of summer. The film, which is titled “Dio: Dreamers Never Die,” previously debuted at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival.

Wendy told Lazer 103.3’s Andy Hall the following:

“We did a lot of different film festivals. You go to film festivals to get a buyer for the film. And we have secured a buyer. And it will come out at the end of summer in theaters; it’ll be in theaters the end of summer.”

Here’s a description of the documentary:

“[The film] delves deep into [Dio’s] 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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ronnie James Dio’s 80th Birthday To Be Celebrated During Special Event At Rainbow Bar & Grill

The Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood, CA will be commemorating Ronnie James Dio’s 80th birthday with a special “At The Rainbow In The Dark” event on July 7 at 7 p.m. PDT. The gathering will find Eddie Trunk chatting with the late frontman’s musical collaborators and friends. Those conversations will also air on July 8 at 2 p.m. EDT as part of “Trunk Nation LA Invasion” on SiriusXM’s Volume. This news comes as Rhino are preparing to release the new super deluxe edition of Dio’s “Holy Diver” on July 8.

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.”