Despite the fact that a message was posted on Ronnie James Dio's official web site yesterday announcing guitarist Doug Aldrich's return to DIO as a "permanent" addition to the band, a new message on the site indicates that "we jumped the gun a bit with the announcement of Doug Aldrich's rejoining DIO permanently. In speaking with Wendy Dio [Ronnie's manager], we learned from her in fact, 'we (DIO) are in talks with him about the POSSIBILITY of his joining the band permanently. We will keep you posted on what develops with this situation."
Aldrich is currently touring with DIO filling in for an injured Craig Goldy. Craig was previously said to have hurt his arm while touring Russia and was trying to continue to play the shows on painkillers, but was forced to leave the trek earlier in the month.
Aldrich's sole studio recording with DIO came in the shape of 2002's "Killing the Dragon", after which he toured with the group before leaving to join the touring lineup of WHITESNAKE.
Upcoming DIO tour dates:
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IRE @ The Music Centre
Oct. 26 - Belfast, IRE @ The Spring & Airbrake
Oct. 29 - Tel Aviv, ISR @ Exhibition Grounds, Pavilion 1
Dec. 01 - Aarhus, DEN @ Scandinavian Congress Center
Dec. 03 - Copenhagen, DEN @ K.B. Hallen
Dec. 04 - Oslo, NOR @ Sentrum
Dec. 05 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Liseberghallen
Dec. 06 - Stockholm, SWE @ Arenaen
Dec. 08 - Helsinki, FIN @ Icehall
Dec. 09 - Yvaskyla, FIN @ Icehall
Dec. 10 - Oulu, FIN @ Teatria