With the impending October 9th release of 'The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2,' the all-star group, Dio Disciples, couldn't have picked a better time to launch their next set of U.S. tour dates. Beginning October 20th and running until November 20th, Dio Disciples will be rocking venues nationwide.
Dio Disciples is comprised of singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio), bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen), keyboardist Scott Warren (Dio,Heaven & Hell), and drummer Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC, UFO).
The group touches upon almost every era of Dio's stellar career, as you can expect to hear faithful and heavy renditions of all the Ronnie James Dio classics, including "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Neon Knights," "Heaven and Hell," "Holy Diver," "Rainbow in the Dark," and "The Last in Line," among countless others.
Dio Disciples has issued the following statement: "We could NEVER replace Ronnie and that is not our intention - there will ever only be one RJD. Dio Disciples is a celebration of the music and legacy of the greatest singer in the world, Ronnie James Dio."
The 17-track 'The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2' CD (released via Niji Entertainment) picks up exactly where the first volume left off - from 1996 onward. And in addition to featuring such latter-day Dio classics as "Killing the Dragon," "Push," and "Fever Dreams," the compilation will also include 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."
It has been over two years since the legendary Ronnie James Dio passed away after a battle with cancer. But his music continues to live on - as heard by the upcoming 'The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2' and Dio Disciples tour dates.
CONFIRMED DIO DISCIPLES TOUR DATES:
Sat 20 Oct Anaheim, CA HOB
Sun 21 Oct San Luis Obispo, CA Slo Brew
Tue 23 Oct Seattle, WA El Corazon
Wed 24 Oct Portland, OR Hawthorne
Fri 26 Oct Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock on Strip
Sat 27 Oct Tempe, AZ Club Red
Sun 28 Oct Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre
Wed 31 Oct Hollywood, CA The Avalon (RJD SUASCF Charity Show)
Thu 08 Nov Ft Wayne, IN Pierre's
Sat 10 Nov Detroit,MI Harpos
Tue 13 Nov Portland, ME Asylum
Thu 15 Nov Sayerville, NJ Starland
Sat 17 Nov Amityville, NY Revolution
Sun 18 Nov Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Tue 20 Nov Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
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Some fans figured that with the passing of Ronnie James Dio in 2010, one of metal's greatest voices of all-time had been silenced forever. But Dio's music continues to live on, and many of his friends and/or former band mates are making sure of it, as they have united as Dio Disciples – a concert celebration of the former singer of Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf (and successful/respected solo artist). And over the past few years, Dio Disciples has been celebrating the amazing music of Ronnie James Dio throughout the world.Dio Disciples have issued the following statement: "We could NEVER replace Ronnie and that is not our intention - there will ever only be one RJD. Dio Disciples is a celebration of the music and legacy of the greatest singer in the world, Ronnie James Dio. The band just finished a European tour that was very well received. At times, there were tears, the crowd sang along and it was a great honoring and remembrance of the incredible music of Ronnie James Dio."
In concert, the band (which is comprised of singers Tim "Ripper" Owens and Oni Logan, guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Bjorn Englen, keyboardist Scott Warren, and drummer Simon Wright) touches upon almost every era of Dio's stellar career, as you can expect to hear faithful and heavy renditions of all the Ronnie James Dio classics.
Long considered one of heavy metal's greatest all-time vocalists, Ronnie James Dio has sung and co-written some of the most classic compositions within the realm of hard rock/heavy metal - "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Stargazer," "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll," "Neon Knights," "Heaven and Hell," "The Mob Rules," "Holy Diver," "Rainbow in the Dark," and "The Last in Line," among countless others. Ronnie also co-founded the all-star Hear 'n Aid project in 1985 (spawning the hit song, "Stars"), which helped raise one million dollars for famine relief in Africa within a year.
And there is no denying the impressive resumes of all of the Dio Disciples members. Tim "Ripper" Owens has fronted Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Hail!, and Yngwie Malmsteen's band, Oni Logan has fronted Lynch Mob, Bjorn Englen has been a member of Yngwie Malmsteen's band, while Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, and Scott Warren all played in various incarnations of Dio and/or Heaven & Hell. Additionally, Goldy was a member of Rough Cutt and Giuffria, Wright was a member of AC/DC and UFO, and Warren played with Type O Negative.
The power and timeless quality of Ronnie James Dio's music continues to live on. Dio Disciples are helping keep the flame burning brightly, as they will continue to spread the word through sold out concerts the world over.
Tim "Ripper" Owens - vocalsOni Logan - vocals
Craig Goldy - guitar
Bjorn Englen - bass
Simon Wright - drums
Scott Warren - keyboards