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Former DIO Keyboard Player Talks About VIVIAN CAMPBELL's Exit

In a question-and-answer session with the Dio Message Board, former DIO keyboardist Claude Schnell discussed the often discussed and controversial exit of guitarist Vivian Campbell in 1986, "Prior to Vivian leaving, there was a slow and steady, yet very perceptible sense that he was drifting away from us," Claude explained. "As I recall, it was ...

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Master Of The Moon - DIO

The debate rages on about exactly how old ex-RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH frontman Ronnie James Dio is (some claim to have come across scratchy singles recorded by him in the early Sixties), but however many years the wizened old sage has clocked up, THAT voice will always be there. To avoid the trap of existing overwhelmingly on ...

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DIO, ANTHRAX, FIREBALL MINISTRY: First Tour Dates Announced

The first couple of dates have been announced for the forthcoming U.S. featuring DIO, ANTHRAX and FIREBALL MINISTRY. They are as follows: Sep. 28 - Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY (ANTHRAX only?) Oct. 01 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (w/ MOTÖRHEAD) Oct. 02 - Beacon Theatre – New York, NY More dates will ...

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DIO, ANTHRAX, FIREBALL MINISTRY To Team Up For U.S. Tour

DIO, ANTHRAX and FIREBALL MINISTRY will be teaming up for a three-week tour of the U.S. beginning in late September. So far, only one date has been confirmed: October 1 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA (the billing for the Worcester show also includes MOTÖRHEAD). Exact cities and dates are expected to be announced later ...

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DIO Bassist RUDY SARZO Updates Tour Diary

DIO bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-QUIET RIOT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, WHITESNAKE) has uploaded a bunch of photos from the group's recent European tour. Check them out here. As previously reported, DIO's latest album, "Master of the Moon", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on September 7 through Sanctuary Records. SPV are planning on issuing ...

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DIO's 'Moon' Set To Rise A Week Later

Despite Sanctuary Records' insistence to the contrary, it is now official that DIO's "Master of the Moon" CD will indeed arrive in stores a week later than originally anticipated. According to PR firm Gigante Media, you can grab DIO's latest September 7 in North America. SPV are still planning on issuing the effort in Europe ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Cover JUDAS PRIEST, DIO On New CD

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the jazz ensemble led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will release their new album, "Transformation", on September 14 through Magna Carta's offshoot label Magnatude Records. Original compositions , which fill just over half the album, are accompanied by new arrangements of tunes by JUDAS PRIEST, DIO, DEEP PURPLE, and more. There ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Toy Line In Development

Claude Flowers of Figures.com is reporting that a line of toys featuring legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio is currently "in development," according to his record company, Sanctuary Records. "No word yet on who will be releasing the line, or which characters will be featured, but [Dio] himself is a legendary showman ...

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DIO: 'Master Of The Moon' Delayed

Sanctuary Records has pushed back the North American release date of the new DIO album, "Master of the Moon", to September 14 from teh previously announced August 31. No reason was given for the delay. As previously reported, 30-second audio samples of all 10 tracks from "Master of the Moon" have been posted online at ...

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Original ANTHRAX Singer To Open For KING'S X

Former ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin and his solo band (Steve Ornest - guitar, Izzy Diaz - drums, Dario Seixas - bass) will be opening for KING'S X on Friday, October 22 at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA and on Sunday, October 24 at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA. $15 discounted advance tickets ...

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Weight Of The World - METAL CHURCH

That characteristic chug from the Bay Area is perhaps as much of a reference point in these times as it was back in the heyday of scrotum-squeezing pants and decent METALLICA albums. Wisely, it could be argued, bands like TESTAMENT have brutalized their sound further to keep up with the seething new breed (THE HAUNTED ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Forces Pop Band DIOS To Change Name

Hawthorne, California-based pop band DIOS have been forced to change their name after veteran heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio threatened legal action against the group, claiming their name was too close to that of his own solo band (as first reported here on June 25). A statement issued by the band reads: ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO-Era RAINBOW DVD Due In August

Classic Rock Productions have announced on the release of a RAINBOW DVD, entitled "Inside Rainbow 1975-1979". The disc is said to be the first ever DVD to contain extensive footage of the Dio-fronted RAINBOW lineup in concert. Also featured is an extensive interview with former RAINBOW frontman Doogie White (currently in YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, CORNERSTONE). "Inside ...

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APPICE, BAIN Rejoin WWIII, Live Dates Planned Later This Summer

Original WWIII members Vinny Appice (drums, ex-BLACK SABBATH, DIO) and Jimmy Bain (bass, ex-RAINBOW, DIO) have joined forces with WWIII mastermind/singer Mandy Lion and lead guitarist Moni Scaria to form the newest incarnation of the group, according to a posting on Mandy's web site. Live dates are currently in the works for later this summer. ...

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WAR & PEACE Announce West Coast Tour Dates

WAR & PEACE, the band led by former DOKKEN/DIO bassist Jeff Pilson, have announced the following dates in August: Aug. 27 - Paladino's - Tarzana, CA Aug. 28 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA As previously reported, WAR & PEACE have been confirmed to appear at Z Rock 2004 on September 19 in ...

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TUSKA 2004 Photos Posted Online

Finnish music web site Mesta has uploaded a bunch of pictures from this past weekend's Tuska 2004 festival in Helsinki, Finland. 25,500 metalheads attended the three-day festival, which included performances by DIO, IN FLAMES, NIGHTWISH, DEATH ANGEL and DARK TRANQUILLITY, among others. Additional photos of IN FLAMES, DISMEMBER and DARK TRANQUILLITY ...

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RIVERDOGS Back In The Studio With Six New Songs

Vintage rock band RIVERDOGS, featuring guitarist Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD, ex-DIO, WHITESNAKE), are in the process of recording a new album. The group have six songs on tape, and are recording as schedules permit. Live performances are planned in Los Angeles and San Diego at the end of August to coincide with the 2004 NARM ...

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NORLANDER, KEELING, APPICE: All-Star Trio Announce U.S. Tour

Beginning July 30, prog rock keyboard virtuoso Erik Norlander (ROCKET SCIENTISTS, LANA LANE) will be teaming up with vocalist Kelly Keeling (MICHAEL SCHENKER, GUITAR ZEUS, GEORGE LYNCH) and drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, WWIII, HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARZ) for tour dates in the Northeastern and Southeastern USA. Erik Norlander has been a part of over 25 ...

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FEINSTEIN To Play One-Off Show In New York

FEINSTEIN, the new band featuring former THE RODS frontman/ELF guitarist David "Rock" Feinstein, ROYAL HUNT singer John West, and ex-FOGHAT/THE OUTLAWS bassist Jeff Howell, will perform at The Haunt in Ithaca, New York on Friday, July 30. This is a RARE local performance by "Rock" and his new band before they head overseas to play ...

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DIO: 'Master Of The Moon' Artwork Posted Online

The cover artwork for the new DIO album, "Master of the Moon", has been posted online at Black-Sabbath.com. Check it out here (click on image for larger view). The "Master of the Moon" artwork was conceived by illustrator Marc Sasso, who has done album covers for MORBID ANGEL, CRYONIC TEMPLE, ROB ROCK, HARD ...

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