DIO To Begin Work On New Album In Early 2006

Ronnie James Dio has told Canada's ChartAttack.com that plans exist for the group to begin writing the follow-up to 2004's "Master of the Moon" shortly after the completion of the band's current tour.

"There will be another record, but we won't be finished touring yet until probably October, maybe November," Dio said. "We've got a month to do in Russia, festivals this year, the European tour to do, U.K., Japan, Australia, South Korea. So we've got a lot of places we have to go. If I stopped moving, I'd probably perish [laughs]. "So yes, that's going to preclude writing another album right away, of course. I guess it helps that this live CD is out, which will give us a little bit of a breather. But hopefully the next album will be 'Magica II' and 'III'; I'm still shooting for that."

According to Dio, the band's recently released live album, "Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City" — a CD version of the 2002 DVD, recorded at The Roseland in New York City — remains pretty true to the original NY show.

"I think the only change is that there are some omissions for time consideration," Dio explained. "I think the drum solo got axed and I think they took a lot of the repartee out. So you get song, song, song, rather than me waffling on. I think those are the only omissions. None of the songs have been taken out, I don't think. I'm really not sure. I hate to plead such ignorance on this one but it wasn't my project."

On the subject of adding touch-ups to live albums, Dio said, "We never really had a problem with having to go in and do that. Because the band has always been so good; not only good players, but we've always been so well-rehearsed with a real high ethic, so it didn't matter if it was being recorded or not. You got the same show all the time, which is one of the reasons why when we did the DVD, we only filmed it once. I mean, most bands film five or six shows and intersperse it with this or that because it makes life easier for them. But I've never had a problem.

"Right from the very first live album I ever did, which was 'Rainbow On Stage'... [Fans] come to see it done right the first time. You should be able to capture that and that's what we did."

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