Friday, October 19, 2012

Dio album goes gold, Dio Disciples on tour

There is an obvious reason why the first volume of 'The Very Beast of Dio' has been certified gold in the U.S. - it features one of hard rock/heavy metal's greatest all-time voices, the late/great Ronnie James Dio. And the recently released 'The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2' picks up right where its predecessor left off - both musically and popularity wise, as it has made an impression on the charts straight away.
Released on October 9th via Niji Entertainment, the 17-track compilation has debuted at #192 Billboard Top 200 Current Albums, #19 on the Hard Music Charts, #13 on the Hard Music Core Stores Charts, #51 on the Indie Charts, and #75 on the Indie Store Charts. In addition to featuring such latter-day Dio classics as "Killing the Dragon," "Push," and "Fever Dreams," the compilation also includes several rarities that fans have long requested on a single disc - "Electra" (which previously was only a part of the ultra-rare 'Tournado' box set), "Prisoner of Paradise," and "Metal Will Never Die." Also featured are liner notes from longtime Dio fan and friend, Eddie Trunk.
Supporting the release of 'The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2' will be a run of U.S. dates from the all-star group, The Official Dio Band, Dio Disciples, from October 20th through November 20th. Comprised of singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio), bassist Bjorn Anglund (Yngwie Malmsteen), keyboardist Scott Warren (Heaven & Hell), and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC), the group will be playing all of the expected solo Dio classics, as well as gems from the Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell eras.
Few metal collections do as masterful a job of balancing the classics that newer fans will recognize, as well as harder-to-find selections that longtime fans have craved for years. 
And now, all Dio fanatics will get the best of both worlds with 'The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2.'
  1. Killing the Dragon
  2. Push
  3. The Eyes
  4. Along Comes A Spider
  5. Better in the Dark
  6. Fever Dreams
  7. Black
  8. Feed My Head
  9. Shivers
  10. Hunter of the Heart (Live)
  11. One More for the Road
  12. Lord of the Last Day
  13. Electra (Bonus Track)
  14. As Long As It's Not About Love
  15. This is Your Life
  16. Metal Will Never Die (Bonus Track)
  17. Prisoner of Paradise (Bonus Track)

10/20/2012  Anaheim, CA  House of Blues   
10/21/2012  San Luis Obispo  Slo Brew   
10/23/2012  Seattle, WA  El Corazon   
10/24/2012  Portland, OR  Hawthorne   
10/26/2012  Las Vegas, NV  Hard Rock on Strip   
10/27/2012  Tempe, AZ  Club Red   
10/28/2012  Ventura, CA  Ventura Theatre   
10/30/2012 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
10/31/2012  Hollywood, CA  The Avalon  The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund  2nd Annual Gala 
11/04/2012 Dallas, TX Trees
11/08/2012  Ft. Wayne, IN  Pierre's   
11/10/2012  Detroit, MI  Harpo's   
11/13/2012  Portland, ME  Asylum   
11/15/2012  Sayerville, NJ  Starland   
11/16/2012  Pawtucket, RI The Met
11/17/2012  Amityville, NJ  Revolution   
11/18/2012  Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance   
11/20/2012  Allentown, PA  Crocodile Rock



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