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.”

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.”