Wendy Dio Planning Special Gala To Commemorate 10th Anniversary Of Ronnie James Dio’s Death

Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy Dio is planning a special gala to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the singer’s death. She said the following about that during a recent interview for “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show”:

“On 2/20/20, which is February 20th, 2020, we’ll be doing the 10th memorial anniversary gala, and we’ll be going through a lot of people that were in Ronnie’s life and giving them an award. We’ll also have the [Ronnie James Dio] hologram. We’ll have other bands playing. We’ll have a comedian. It’s gonna be a fun night at the Wiltern, off of Wilshire in Los Angeles. And we’ve got a lot of treats going on. In fact, tomorrow we get the first invitation out for the award show.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Remastered Deluxe Editions Of Dio’s 1996-2004 Albums To Be Released In February

New deluxe editions of Dio‘s studio albums from 1996-2004 are set to be released on February 21. Those records include: “Angry Machines,“ “Magica,“ “Killing The Dragon,“ and “Master Of The Moon.“

All four albums have been remastered by Wyn Davis and they come with updated artwork by Marc Sasso, as well as various bonus tracks. The reissues will be available in the following formats: vinyl, 2-CD set, and digital. It’s worth noting that the first vinyl pressings will include a lenticular album art print. On top of that, the “Magica” LP will also come with a bonus 7″ featuring “Electra,“ a track that was originally supposed to appear on Dio’s unfinished album “Magica 2.” Here’s the track listings:

“Angry Machines“:

Disc 1:

01. “Institutional Man”
02. “Don’t Tell The Kids”
03. “Black”
04. “Hunter Of The Heart”
05. “Stay Out Of My Mind”
06. “Big Sister”
07. “Double Monday”
08. “Golden Rules”
09. “Dying In America”
10. “This Is Your Life”

Disc 2 – Live on “Angry Machines” Tour 1997:

01. “Jesus Mary and The Holy Ghost – Straight Through The Heart”
02. “Don’t Talk To Strangers”
03. “Double Monday”
04. “Hunter Of The Heart”
05. “Holy Diver”
06. “Heaven and Hell”
07. “Long Live Rock and Roll”
08. “Man On The Silver Mountain”
09. “Rainbow In The Dark”
10. “The Last In Line”
11. “The Mob Rules”
12. “We Rock”

“Magica“:

Disc 1:

01. “Discovery”
02. “Magica Theme”
03. “Lord Of The Last Day”
04. “Fever Dreams”
05. “Turn To Stone”
06. “Feed My Head”
07. “Eriel”
08. “Chalis”
09. “As Long As It’s Not About Love”
10. “Losing My Insanity”
11. “Otherworld”
12. “Magica” (Reprise)
13. “Lord Of the Last Day” (Reprise)

Disc 2 – Live on “Magica” Tour 2001:

01. “Discovery”
02. “Magica”
03. “Lord Of The Last Day”
04. “Fever Dreams”
05. “Eriel”
06. “Chalis”
07. “Losing My Insanity”
08. “Otherworld”
09. “Electra” – Studio Track
10. “Magica Story” – Studio/Spoken Word

“Killing The Dragon“:

Disc 1:

01. “Killing The Dragon”
02. “Along Comes A Spider”
03. “Scream”
04. “Better In The Dark”
05. “Rock and Roll”
06. “Push”
07. “Guilty”
08. “Throw Away Children”
09. “Before The Fall”
10. “Cold Feet”

Disc 2 – Live on “Killing The Dragon” Tour 2002/2003:

01. “Holy Diver”
02. “Heaven and Hell”
03. “Rock and Roll”
04. “I Speed At Night”
05. “Killing The Dragon”
06. “Stand Up And Shout”

“Master Of The Moon“:

Disc 1:

01. “One More For The Road”
02. “Master Of The Moon”
03. “The End Of The World”
04. “Shivers”
05. “The Man Who Would Be King”
06. “The Eyes”
07. “Living The Lie”
08. “I Am”
09. “Death By Love”
10. “In Dreams”

Disc 2 – Bonus / Live on “Master Of The Moon” Tour 2004/2005:

01. “Heaven and Hell”
02. “Rainbow In The Dark”
03. “Rock and Roll Children”
04. “The Eyes”
05. “Prisoner Of Paradise” – Studio Track

Ronnie James 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 catalogue available again with some interesting surprises.”

You can find some of the bonus tracks from the re-releases below:

Filming Has Started For Upcoming Ronnie James Dio Documentary

Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, has confirmed that filming has already started for the documentary on her late husband. The film will cover the legendary singer’s career from Elf to Heaven & Hell.

Wendy told The Metal Voice the following:

“We just started shooting. We did interviews last week — a few with me, with some technical people, with Geezer Butler [of BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL] — and we will continue that in between the [‘Dio Returns’ hologram] tour, we’ll continue on with that. And then, hopefully, that should be out by next year — probably latter part of next year.

We started with Geezer Butler, who’s obviously Ronnie’s best friend from BLACK SABBATH. And I think we’ll probably do some of the [DIO] band while we are on tour. And other people — all the people close to Ronnie, people that played with Ronnie or were influenced by Ronnie and also his childhood years and going all the way through his time with ELF, with RAINBOW, with BLACK SABBATH. And I have so much footage — stuff that people have never seen. I’ve got some Super 8 stuff. I found a whole huge box of stuff — stuff from his childhood, stuff from the RAINBOW days, behind-the-scenes stuff. I’m getting it now transferred, so that we can actually view it.

A lot of these Super 8s were at Ronnie’s parents’ house, and when they passed away, Ronnie and I went there and took a bunch of stuff — we found a bunch of Super 8s — but we haven’t looked at them yet, so we don’t know what’s on them. Hopefully some surprises… I also found a whole bunch of tapes. Ronnie would always demo his songs in his own studio, and we had all these tapes which I had no idea what they were, but Ronnie’s engineer, Wyn Davis, who he always worked with, was over at the house and he looked at me and said, ‘Wendy, this is a goldmine.’ This is demo stuff. This is stuff that probably was never heard before, or it’s the beginnings of songs, it’s songs that haven’t been finished, or have been finished, or were cast aside. He said, ‘This is a treasure trove.’ So we will go through those and hopefully put some of those out as bonus material. We’re gonna do some re-releases that BMG is putting out of Ronnie, which starts, actually, later this year. And so hopefully we can put some bonus material on there. So a lot of exciting things going on.”

Wendy went on to say she is hoping to release the documentary in theaters, before it hits streaming services. She also added the following when asked about the possibility of a Ronnie James Dio biopic:

“No, I don’t wanna do a biopic. Nobody could play Ronnie, I don’t think. I don’t think so. I’d like to do a straightforward documentary of Ronnie’s life, with lots of footage of Ronnie. I’ve got so many interviews that Ronnie did and so much stuff that I’d really like to just keep it very, very natural.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dates Revealed For U.S. Ronnie James Dio Hologram Tour

The dates have officially been revealed for the U.S. leg of the Ronnie James Dio hologram tour. The backing band will consist of Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, and Bjorn Englen. Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan will also contribute extra vocals.

Tour Dates:

05/31 Ft. Myers, FL – Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
06/01 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
06/02 St. Petersburg, FL – Palladium Theatre
06/03 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl at Center Stage
06/06 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
06/07 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
06/08 Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre
06/09 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
06/11 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
06/12 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
06/14 St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre
06/15 St. Paul, MN – Myth
06/16 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
06/19 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
06/20 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
06/21 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
06/28 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
06/29 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

Watch New Trailer For Upcoming Ronnie James Dio Hologram Tour

A new trailer has been shared for the upcoming Ronnie James Dio hologram tour. The hologram, which was created by Eyellusion, will make its U.S. debut on June 1 and details for further touring are expected to be revealed soon. The Dio Disciples will serve as the backing band, while Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (ex-Lynch Mob) will handle additional vocals.

Ronnie James Dio Documentary In The Works

Wendy Dio has revealed that a documentary on her late husband Ronnie James Dio is currently in the works. She told The Metal Voice that she is “interviewing people” about producing the film and that it will cover Dio’s career from Elf to Heaven & Hell. She also added:

“The documentary will go back to his childhood. I have many photos. We have a lot of old videos. There’ll be things that people have never seen.”

On another note, she also offered an update on the Dio hologram:

“We have a new [Ronnie hologram] we’re developing that’s gonna be fantastic. I’m actually seeing the finish of it on the 4th of February, and we are hoping to tour with this probably from May onwards.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ronnie James Dio Hologram Set For Over 100 Shows In 2019

According to Billboard, Eyellusion, the company that created the Ronnie James Dio hologram, has signed with the Agency For the Performing Arts and will be represented by agency partner Steve Martin. With this news, it has also been confirmed that the hologram will hit the road in April and that it will appear in over 100 cities next year. The Dio Disciples will serve as the backing band, while Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (ex-Lynch Mob” will handle additional vocals. Eyellusion CEO Jeff Pezzuti told Billboard the following:

“The big question when we first toured Dio through Europe was ‘Is anyone actually going to show up? We sold out the last three shows in Europe and we did really, really well. We’re such believers in what we were doing and we’re all such massive fans — in my sixth-grade class picture, I’m wearing a Dio shirt, so you can imagine taking this all the way across the finish line has been a dream come true.”