DIO To Play 'Holy Diver' In Its Entirety On Upcoming U.K. Tour

According to a posting on Live 4 Metal, DIO's upcoming U.K. tour is being billed as "An Evening With Dio" tour and it will feature no opening acts. DIO will perform two live sets at each concert, including not only a host of classic songs from across his huge back catalogue, but also his classic 1983 solo debut, "Holy Diver", in its entirety. Confimed dates are as follows:

Oct. 09 - Sheffield, UK @ Foundry
Oct. 10 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Oct. 11 - Norwich, UK @ UEA
Oct. 13 - Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle University
Oct. 14 - Glasgow, UK @ Academy
Oct. 15 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Oct. 17 - Exeter, UK @ Exeter University
Oct. 18 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
Oct. 20 - Southampton, UK @ Guildhall
Oct. 21 - Birmingham, UK @ Carling Academy
Oct. 22 - London, UK @ Astoria

As previously reported, DIO's 2005 tour schedule is being worked out now and it looks like the band will be playing South America in April, Asia in May, European festivals in June and July, Russia in September and the U.K. in October, followed by Christmas shows in Germany in December. An anthology of all the DIO videos, entitled "Stand Up & Shout", will be released in June. DIO's new live album, "Evil or Divine: Live in New York City", has just been issued via Spitfire Records. This is the companion CD to the DVD released in 2003.

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