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.”

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.”

AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Releases Set For 2021 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 across two days, June 12 and July 17, and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

June 12:

  • AC/DC – “Through The Mists Of Time” / “Witch’s Spell” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 5000) (Columbia Records)
  • Alestorm – “Sunset On The Golden Age” (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Napalm Records)
  • Alkaline Trio – “From Here To Infirmary” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Vagrant Records)
  • Anti-Flag – “20/20 Division” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Spinefarm)
  • Avatar – “Hunter Gatherer” (2xLP) (limited to 1200) (eOne Music)
  • Beastie Boys – “Aglio E Olio” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Capitol)
  • Black Sabbath – “Mob Rules” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Black Sabbath – “Heaven & Hell” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Def Leppard – “Live In Oxford” (2xLP) (limited to 4000) (Island/Mercury)
  • Deftones – “Digital Bath” (Telefon Tel Aviv version) / “Feiticeira” (Arca remix) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • The Doors – “Morrison Hotel Sessions” (2xLP) (limited to 7500) (Elektra)
  • Electric Wizard – “Time To Die” (2xLP) (limited to 3000) (Spinefarm)
  • Escape The Fate – “Chemical Warfare: B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Better Noise Music)
  • Gruntruck – “Push” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Real Gone Music)
  • The Hu – “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) & “Wolf Totem” (7″ picture disc) (limited to 2200) (Better Noise Music)
  • Ihsahn – “After” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Integrity – “Cradle To The Grave” (7″) (limited to 700) (Organized Crime)
  • King’s X – “Tape Head” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • King’s X – “Please Come Here… Mr. Bulbous” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • L7 – “The Beauty Process” (25th Anniversary Triple Platinum Edition) (limited to 2300) (Real Gone Music)
  • Lamb Of God – “As The Palaces Burn” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Mark Lanegan – “Here Comes That Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues, Extras And Oddities)” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Beggars Banquet)
  • Linkin Park – “Meteora” (2xLP) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • Mötley Crüe – “40th Anniversary Cassette Box Set” (feat. “Too Fast For Love“, “Shout At The Devil“, “Theatre Of Pain“, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood“) (limited to 1750) (Better Noise Music)
  • Motörhead – “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” (10″ picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Mudhoney/Meat Puppets – “Warning / One Of These Days” (7″) (limited to 2500) (Sub Pop)
  • Negative Approach – “Tied Down Demo” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (TAANG!)
  • Opeth – “Morningrise” (2xLP) (limited to 3500) (Spinefarm)
  • Orange Goblin – “Eulogy For The Damned” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Pepper – “In With The Gold” (vinyl) (limited to 2100) (Volcom Entertainment)
  • Rage Against The Machine – “The Battle Of Mexico City” (2xLP) (limited to 12350) (Legacy)
  • Joey Ramone – “Don’t Worry About Me” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (BMG)
  • Michael Schenker Group – “Live In Manchester 1980” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Senses Fail – “Let It Enfold You” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Vagrant Records)
  • Sigh – “Heir To Despair” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Sleeping With Sirens – “How It Feels To Be Lost (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (Sumerian Records)
  • Stryper – “God Damn Evil” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Frontier Records)
  • The Sword – “Age Of Winters (15th Anniversary Edition)” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Kemado Records)
  • Thrice – “To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere” (vinyl) (limited to 3000)(Vagrant Records)
  • UFO – “Mother Mary/This Kid’s” (10″) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Uriah Heep – “The Magician’s Birthday” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Triumph – “Allied Forces (40th Anniversary)” (vinyl box set) (limited to 1200) (Round Hill Records)
  • VAST – “Music For People” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Real Gone Music)

July 17:

  • All Them Witches – “Live On The Internet” (3xLP) (limited to 2000) (New West Records)
  • Amigo The Devil – “Cover, Demos, Live Versions, B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Liars Club)
  • Bad Omens – “Live + Unplugged” (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Sumerian Records)
  • Bush – “Sea Of Memories” (10th Anniversary) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (eOne Music)
  • Cro-Mags – “The Age Of Quarrel” (vinyl) (limited to 3600) (Rock Hotel/Astor Place)
  • Dio – “God Hates Heavy Metal” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 3500) (BMG)
  • Evanescence – “The Open Door” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Fallujah – “The Harvest Wombs” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (Unique Leader)
  • Fear – “The Record” (LP/7″) (limited to 3500) (Run Out Groove)
  • From First To Last – “Dear Diary, My
  • Teenage Angst Has A Body Count” (original mix) (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Epitaph)
  • God Forbid – “Determination” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (M-Theory Audio)
  • Green Jellÿ – “333” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Say-10 Records)
  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle – “Heavy Metal (Live)” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2000) (BMG)
  • Hawkwind – “Greasy Truckers Party” (2xLP) (limited to 4500) (Parlophone)
  • (hed)p.e. – “Best Of Suburban Noize Years” (vinyl) (limited to 750) (Regime Music Group/Suburban Noize Records)
  • Judas Priest – “Best Of” (eOne Music) (2xLP) (limited to 2000) (eOne Music)
  • King’s X – “Manic Moonlight” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • Mastodon – “Fallen Torches” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 6500) (Warner)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (12″ vinyl) (limited to 18500) (Legacy)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (cassette (limited to 6300) (Legacy)
  • Ramones – “Triple J Live At The Wireless Capitol Theatre, Sydney Australia, July 8, 1980” (vinyl) (limited to 6000) (Sire)
  • St. Vincent – “Piggy” (Nine Inch Nails cover) / “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) (7″) (limited to 3200) (Loma Vista Recordings)
  • Soen – “The Undiscovered Lotus” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Silver Lining Music)
  • Tad – “Inhaler” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Real Gone Music)
  • Tesla – “Mechanical Resonance” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (LMLR)

[via The PRP]

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: