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Dio

Dio

April 21st, 2012

Birth Name:
Marie Dionne Warrick

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Essentials

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Hair Metal
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Heavy Metal
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Dio

Biography

For a brief spell during the mid-'80s, the heavy metal quintet Dio were one of the top U.S. concert attractions, boasting one of the most over the top stage acts of its time loaded with props and special effects (lasers, explosions, a giant dragon, etc.). The group's leader was singer Ronnie James Dio, who had previously become acquainted with the metal masses as the frontman of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow from 1975-1978 and Black Sabbath from 1979-1982. Come the early '80s, Ronnie James was ready to finally head out on his own, forming Dio and recruiting a stellar backing band, consisting of a few former bandmembers, ex-Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain and ex-Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice (Carmine Appice's brother), in addition to ex-Sweet Savage guitar shredder Vivian Campbell. Lyrically, the group would retain the same subject matter that Ronnie James specialized in with his previous outfits (dungeons and dragons, swords and sorcery, damsels in distress, etc.), but musically, Dio were more melodically based than Rainbow or Sabbath. The group scored a hit right off the bat with its 1983 debut release, Holy Diver, which spawned such popular MTV videos as “Rainbow in the Dark,” as well as its title track.

Top Albums

Dio's Inferno (Live), Dio
1. Dio's Infern..
Holy Diver, Dio
2. Holy Diver
The Very Beast of Dio, Dio
3. The Very Bea..
The Last In Line, Dio
4. The Last In ..
Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987, Dio
5. Dio At Donin..
Dream Evil, Dio
6. Dream Evil
Holy Diver - Live, Dio
7. Holy Diver -..
Lock Up the Wolves, Dio
8. Lock Up the ..
Evil or Divine (Live In New York City), Dio
9. Evil or Divi..
Master of the Moon, Dio
10. Master of th..
Strange Highways, Dio
11. Strange High..
Magica, Dio
12. Magica
Angry Machines, Dio
13. Angry Machin..
Sacred Heart, Dio
14. Sacred Heart
Killing the Dragon, Dio
15. Killing the ..
Stand Up and Shout - The Anthology, Dio
16. Stand Up and..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.
Holy Diver Holy Diver 5:53 $1.29
2.
Rainbow In the Dark Holy Diver 4:13 $1.29
3.
Last In Line Last In Line 5:47 $1.29
4.
Rainbow In the Dark Very Beast of Dio 4:14 $1.29
5.
Holy Diver Very Beast of Dio 5:54 $1.29
6.
Last In Line Very Beast of Dio 5:47 $1.29
7.
Hungry for Heaven Very Beast of Dio 4:12 $0.99
8.
Straight Through the Heart Holy Diver 4:36 $0.99
9.
Don't Talk to Strangers Holy Diver 4:54 $0.99
10.
Stand Up and Shout Holy Diver 3:18 $0.99
11.
We Rock (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 5:42 $0.99
12.
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (Liv.. Dio's Inferno (Live) 4:14 $0.99
13.
Man On the Silver Mountain (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 2:11 $0.99
14.
Mob Rules (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 3:37 $0.99
15.
Rainbow in the Dark (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 4:56 $0.99
16.
Last in Line (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 6:54 $0.99
17.
Hunter of the Heart (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 5:16 $0.99
18.
Double Monday (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 3:20 $0.99
19.
Heaven and Hell (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 7:31 $0.99
20.
Drum Solo (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 4:03 $0.99
21.
Holy Diver (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 5:01 $0.99
22.
Don't Talk to Strangers (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 6:04 $0.99
23.
Straight Through the Heart (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 5:49 $0.99
24.
Jesus, Mary & the Holy Ghost (Li.. Dio's Inferno (Live) 3:29 $0.99
25.
Intro (Live) Dio's Inferno (Live) 1:38 $0.99

Top Music Videos

Wild One, Dio
1. Wild One
Rock 'n' Roll Children, Dio
2. Rock 'n' Roll ..
King of Rock and Roll, Dio
3. King of Rock a..
All the Fools Sailed Away, Dio
4. All the Fools ..
Hey Angel, Dio
5. Hey Angel
I Could Have Been a Dreamer, Dio
6. I Could Have B..


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