It's Official: JEFF PILSON Rejoins DIO

Ronnie James Dio has confirmed in a radio interview that bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) will be rejoining DIO in the studio next month for the recording of the group's new album, tentatively due in late June/early July through Spitfire Records. "It's a real wonderful, comfortable situation for Jeff to come in," Ronnie said during a telephone interview with the "Eddie Trunk Rocks" radio show Friday night (March 19). Pilson replaces Jimmy Bain, who recently exited the band of his own accord, according to Dio, who called Bain's decision a "career move."

According to Ronnie, DIO have completed about nine rough song ideas for the follow-up to 2002's "Killing The Dragon" and are planning on putting together a couple of more tunes before entering the studio the third week of April to begin tracking the album. Dio has described the new material as a mixture "Magica" (2000) and "Killing the Dragon", with some faster, more high-energy songs thrown in for a good measure. A European tour will start in July, to be followed by a U.S. tour in August.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).