DIO: European Support Acts Announced

DIO, the band fronted by the legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN AND HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), has scheduled the following dates:

May 27 - Academy Birmingham, UK (w/ GIRLSCHOOL)
May 28 - Astoria London, UK (w/ GIRLSCHOOL)
May 30 - Sentrum Scene Oslo, NOR
May 31 - Kopervik Festival Karmoy, NOR
Jun. 02 - KB Halle Malm, SWE (w/ FATAL SMILE)
Jun. 03 - Amager Bio Copenhagen, DEN (w/ FATAL SMILE)
Jun. 04 - Debaser Stockholm, SWE (w/ FATAL SMILE)
Jun. 06 - Teatria Oulu, FIN
Jun. 07 - Water & Rock Festival Lahti, FIN

DIO's last release was the "Holy Diver Live" CD, featuring a performance of the classic "Holy Diver" album in its entirety, from start to finish, recorded live for the very first time in 2005 in front of a sold-out London crowd. It also includes, among others, "Heaven & Hell", "Sign of the Southern Cross" and "Mob Rules" from vocalist Ronnie James Dio's BLACK SABBATH days, "Tarot Woman", "Man on the Silver Mountain" and "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll" from the RAINBOW era and "We Rock" from his solo career.

HEAVEN AND HELL, JUDAS PRIEST and MOTRHEAD are rumored to be teaming up for a U.S. tour in the summer. Also expected to appear on the bill is TESTAMENT.

HEAVEN AND HELL played the final show of its U.S. tour with ALICE COOPER and QUEENSRCHE on October 6, 2007 at the Verizon Wireless in Irvine, California. Before the encore, Indie 103.1's Full Metal Jackie presented the band with gold plaques on stage to honor U.S. sales in excess of 25,000 copies of the group's "Live at Radio City Music Hall" DVD. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio thanked the fans for their support, then dedicated the encore song ("Neon Knights") to veteran KNAC DJ Tawn Mastrey, who died in early October of liver failure brought on by hepatitis C.

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