DIO DISCIPLES — the project featuring former DIO members Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards)— will embark on a North American tour at the end of October.
The group, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio's widow/manager, Wendy, currently consists of the following musicians:
* Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) - Vocals
* Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) - Vocals
* Craig Goldy (DIO) - Guitar
* Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) - Bass
* Scott Warren (DIO,HEAVEN & HELL) - Keyboards
* Simon Wright (DIO, AC/DC, UFO) – Drums
Commented Goldy: "After Ronnie's passing and a lengthy mourning period, Wendy Dio and the band that was left behind have decided it was time to honor and keep the memory and legacy of Ronnie James Dio alive in the most respectful way possible!
"The [new] tour dates have been [announced] and I hope that any of you that can... will come experience this!
"And it is an experience! There is something special that happens when a group of people gather together with the same heart, mind and spirit as one another... and that is what happens every night we (the DIO DISCIPLES) perform! I never know when... but I know that it will happen because it always does... some time during the concert, the audience and the band connect and become as one!
"And with the large speaker system, lights and special performances by past members of AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and LYNCH MOB... you don't want to rely on all the crappy little cell phone recordings that look and sound like shit posted on YouTube!
"I've never lied about anything to any DIO fan and I'm not about to start now! Every time we perform there's always several very special moments that just can't be defined into words! You just have to trust me and come experience it for yourselves! And I hope you do!"
Upcoming DIO DISCIPLES shows:
Oct. 20 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 21 - San Luis, Obispo - Slo Brew
Oct. 23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct. 24 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
Oct. 26 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock on Strip
Oct. 27 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
Oct. 28 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Oct. 31 - Hollywood, CA - The Avalon (Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund charity show)
Nov. 08 - Ft Wayne, IN - Pierre's
Nov. 10 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
Nov. 11 - Etobicoke, ON - Rockpile
Nov. 13 - Portland, ME - Asylum
Nov. 15 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland
Nov. 17 - Amityville, NY - Revolution
Nov. 18 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Nov. 20 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock