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)

Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, The Offspring, Opeth, Kittie, Etc. Releases Set For 2022 Record Store Day

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day has officially been revealed. The event is scheduled to take place on April 23 and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Alice In Chains – “We Die Young” (12” vinyl)
  • Allman Brothers Band – “Cream Of The Crop 2003 – Highlights” (3XLP)
  • Asia – “XXX” (LP)
  • Bad Company – “Live 1979” (2XLP)
  • Charlie Benante – “Moving Pitchers” (LP)
  • Black Label Society – “Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live” (2XLP)
  • David Bowie – “Brilliant Adventurist” (CD & Vinyl)
  • David Bowie – “Toy EP” (CD & 10” vinyl)
  • Collective Soul – “Disciplined Breakdown” (LP)
  • Alice Cooper – “Brutal Planet” (2XLP)
  • The Damned – “Strawberries” (LP)
  • Daughtry – “Dearly Beloved” (2XLP)
  • Def Leppard – “High ’N’ Dry” (LP)
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Dissociation” (LP)
  • Dio – “Double Dose Of Donington” (12” vinyl)
  • Udo Dirkschneider – “My Way” (2XLP)
  • The Doors – “L.A. Woman” (4XLP)
  • Foo Fighters – “Making A Fire” (Mark Ronson Re-Version) / “Chasing Birds” (Preservation Hall Jazz Band Re-Version) (7” vinyl)
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Magic Secrets 2022” (7” vinyl)
  • GBH – “City Baby Attacked By Rats” (LP)
  • Billy Gibbons – “Hardware” (Deluxe Edition) (CD Box Set)
  • Gojira – “Live at Brixton Academy” (2xLP)
  • L.A. Guns – “Waking the Dead” (LP)
  • Steve Hackett – “The Tokyo Tapes” (3XLP)
  • Kirk Hammett – “Portals” (12” vinyl & CD)
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “Acoustics” (LP)
  • Judas Priest – “Hero Hero” (2XLP)
  • Kittie – “Spit” (LP)
  • Motörhead – “Lost Tapes, Vol. 2” (2XLP)
  • Night Ranger “Somewhere In California” (LP)
  • Night Ranger – “Wasted Time” (7” vinyl)
  • The Offspring – “Greatest Hits” (LP)
  • Opeth – “My Arms, Your Hearse” (2XLP)
  • Pearl Jam – “Live On Two Legs” (2XLP)
  • Pixies – “Live At Coachella 2004” (2XLP)
  • Iggy Pop – “Live In Berlin” (2XLP)
  • Ramones – “The Sire Albums (1981-1989)” (7XLP)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Unlimited Love” (2XLP)
  • Lou Reed – “I’m So Free – The 1971 Demos” (LP)
  • The Replacements – “Unsuitable For Airplay: The Lost KFAI Concert (Live)” (2XLP)
  • Keith Richards – “Talk Is Cheap – Live At The Hollywood Palladium” (2X Cassette)
  • The Rolling Stones – “More Hot Rocks 50th Anniversary” (2XLP)
  • Gavin Rossdale – “Wanderlust” (2XLP)
  • Sepultura – “Revolusongs” (LP)
  • The Sheila Divine – “Where Have All My Countrymen Gone” (LP)
  • Slash – “Live At Studio 60” (2XLP)
  • Sleep Token – “Sundowning” (LP)
  • Stiff Little Fingers – “BBC Live In Concert” (2XLP)
  • Geoff Tate – “Kings & Thieves” (2XLP)
  • TesseracT – “Polaris” (LP)
  • Pete Townshend – “Face The Face” (2XLP)
  • Twiztid – “I Tried 2 Warn U” (7” vinyl)
  • Gerard Way – “Hesitant Alien” (LP)
  • The Who – “It’s Hard (40th Anniversary)” (2XLP)

Notably, there will also be some UK exclusives including vinyl pressing of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “2004 – 2013 – The Best Of,” Paradise Lost‘s “Gothic Live At Roadburn 2016,” Skunk Anansie‘s “An Acoustic Skunk Anansie – Live In London,“ etc.

[via Loudwire]

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.”

Watch Steel Panther Cover Dio’s “Rainbow In The Dark” With Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor And Christian Martucci

During the recent ShipRocked cruise, Steel Panther were joined onstage by Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and Christian Martucci (Stone Sour) for a cover of Dio’s “Rainbow In The Dark.” You can see some fan-filmed footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna Cover Dio’s “Holy Diver” With Members Of Drowning Pool

During the ongoing ShipRocked cruise, Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna joined members of Drowning Pool onstage for a cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver.” You can find some footage of that performance below:

Iron Maiden, Evanescence, Puscifer, Etc. Releases Set For 2021 Black Friday Record Store Day Event

The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day event (November 26) has officially been revealed. You can find that HERE. A list of various rock/metal releases can also be found below.

Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Aerosmith – “1971: The Road Starts Hear” (LP/Cassette)
  • All Them Witches – “Live On The Internet” (3XLP)
  • Blackberry Smoke – “Stoned” (LP)
  • Alice Cooper – “Brutal Planet” (2XLP)
  • Crobot – “Rat Child” EP (Vinyl)
  • Dio – “Holy Diver” (LP Picture Disc)
  • Dio – “The Last In Line” (LP Picture Disc)
  • Evanescence – “Evanescence” (LP)
  • Fleetwood Mac – “Alternate Live” (2XLP)
  • Billy F. Gibbons – “Hardware” (CD)
  • The Reverend Horton Heat – “We Three Kings” (LP)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Paris ’67” (LP)
  • Iron Maiden – “Iron Maiden” (LP Picture Disc)
  • Judas Priest – “Best Of Judas Priest” (2XLP)
  • King’s X “Please Come Home … Mr. Bulbous” (LP)
  • James LaBrie – “Elements Of Persuasion” (2XLP)
  • LA Guns – “Waking The Dead” (LP)
  • Motörhead – “The Lost Tapes, Vol. 1 (Live In Madrid 1995)” (2XLP)
  • Mr. Big – “Lean Into It” (LP)
  • Night Ranger – “Somewhere In California” (LP)
  • Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears” (12″ Picture Disc)
  • Poison – “Flesh & Blood” (LP)
  • Puscifer – “Billy D And The Hall Of Feathered Serpents: Puscifer Live at the Mayan Theatre” (7″ Vinyl)
  • Puscifer – “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti” (LP)
  • Gavin Rossdale – “Wanderlust” (2XLP)
  • Saigon Kick – “The Lizard” (LP)
  • Smith/Kotzen – “Better Days” (Vinyl)
  • Joe Strummer – “Johnny Appleseed” (12″ Vinyl)
  • Tesla – “Mechanical Resonance” (LP)
  • Twiztid – “I Tried 2 Warn U” (7″ Vinyl)
  • Nancy Wilson – “You And Me” (2XLP)

[via Loudwire]

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.”