Guitarist Craig Goldy will be unable to join DIO — the band fronted by legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) — on the road in Europe in November/December due to Craig's prior touring commitments with BUDGIE in Australia. Filling in for Goldy on the DIO trek will be WHITESNAKE/ex-DIO axeman Doug Aldrich.
Aldrich will join Ronnie James Dio, Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright and Scott Warren for the following shows:
Nov. 21 - Glasgow, Scotland, Academy
Nov. 22 - Sheffield, UK, Academy
Nov. 24 - London, UK, Forum
Nov. 25 - Birmingham, UK, Academy
Nov. 27 - Manchester, UK, Academy
Nov. 28 - Lincoln, UK, Engine Shed
Nov. 30 - Bristol, UK, Academy
Dec. 01 - Antwerp, Belgium, Trix Hall
Dec. 02 - Tilburg, Holland, 013
Dec. 04 - Oslo, Norway, Sentrum Scene
Dec. 05 - Bergen, Norway, Peer Gynt
Dec. 07 - Gothenburg, Sweden, Tradgarn
Dec. 08 - Malmö, Sweden, Kulturbolaget
Dec. 09 - Stockholm, Sweden, Debaser
Dec. 12 - Tampere, Finland, Pakkahoune
Dec. 13 - Helsinki, Finland, Cable Factory
Dec. 16 - Bremen, Germany, Aladin
Dec. 18 - Nurnberg, Germany, Lowenssal
Dec. 19 - Reichenbach, Germany, H20
Dec. 20 - Munich, Germany, Tonhalle
More dates will be announced soon.
DIO's "Killing The Dragon" album from 2002 was released in June on limited-edition vinyl with a gatefold pop-up cover via Night Of The Vinyl Dead. Only 500 hand-numbered copies were manufactured.
"Killing The Dragon" was originally released by Spitfire Records.
DIO's "The Very Beast of Dio" was officially certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 11, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of 500,000 copies.
Issued in October 2000, "The Very Beast of Dio" is the second greatest-hits collection CD — and the first to be released in the U.S. — from the Ronnie James Dio-fronted band.
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.
Video footage of DIO's May 30, 2008 performance in Oslo, Norway can be viewed below.