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Formed: 1983
Disbanded: 2010
Active: '80s-2010s Major
Styles: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock Major
Members: Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Simon Wright Representative
Albums: "Stand Up and
Shout: The Anthology", "Holy Diver", "The Very Beast of Dio" Representative
Songs: "Rainbow in the Dark", "Holy Diver", "We Rock"

UPC Type Title
731451220623 (i) CD Diamonds: Best of
4988005515216 (i) CD Diamonds-Best of
081227385521 CD Dio Anthology: Stand Up & Shout
4988005638748 (i) CD Dio at Donington Uk: Live 1983 & 1987
044007704325 (i) CD Dio: Collection
081227991982 CD Dream Evil
4988005693334 (i) CD Dream Evil
5907785035706 CD Evil or Divine
670211525328 CD Evil or Divine
7898410006346 (i) CD Evil or Divine: Live in New York City
823195000521 (i) CD Evil or Divine Live in New York
801213014293 DVD Evil or Divine
801213003594 DVD Evil or Divine
803341343252 Vinyl Evil or Divine
826992032221 CD Finding the Sacred Heart-Live in Philly '86
801213060795 DVD Finding the Sacred Heart-Live in Philly '86
801213345090 Blu-Ray Finding the Sacred Heart-Live in Philly '86
826992032115 Vinyl Finding the Sacred Heart-Live in Philly '86
075992383622 CD Holy Diver
826992008820 CD Holy Diver Live
600753378359 (i) CD Holy Diver: Deluxe Edition
602498309940 (i) CD Holy Diver
4988005693303 (i) CD Holy Diver
4988005754691 (i) CD Holy Diver
4988005693457 (i) CD Holy Diver-Deluxe Ed
801213017195 DVD Holy Diver Live
801213336890 Blu-Ray Holy Diver Live
5060310150050 (i) Vinyl Holy Diver
042283007826 (i) CD Intermission
670211521122 CD Killing the Dragon
815987010054 Vinyl Killing the Dragon
075992510028 CD Last in Line
602527760988 (i) CD Last in Line: Deluxe Edition
042282236623 (i) CD Last in Line
4988005690579 (i) CD Last in Line Deluxe Edition
081227988753 CD Lock Up the Wolves
042284603324 (i) CD Lock Up the Wolves
060768472327 CD Master of the Moon
4988002475377 (i) CD Master of the Moon
081227324728 CD Metal Hits
600753333082 (i) CD Mightier Than the Sword: Ronnie James Dio Story
4988005690562 (i) CD Mightier Than the Sword
602498463406 (i) CD Rock Legends
602527767628 (i) CD Sacred Heart: Deluxe Edition
042282484826 (i) CD Sacred Heart
4988005754714 (i) CD Sacred Heart
4988005690586 (i) CD Sacred Heart Deluxe Edition
081227998325 CD Very Beast of Dio
602498311837 (i) DVD We Rock

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.

For their sophomore effort, 1984's The Last in Line, the band expanded its lineup to include keyboardist Claude Schnell, as the album would become the biggest hit of Dio's career (on the strength of another MTV-approved video, for the album's anthemic title track) and the group became an arena headliner. Although Dio's next release, 1985's Sacred Heart, was commercially successful, Campbell had become disillusioned by the group's direction and split from the group a year later. Just prior to Campbell's exit, the entire Dio band helped organize Hear n' Aid, an all-star assembly of heavy metal artists that recorded a track called "Stars," which helped fight world hunger (a subsequent album was issued as well, collecting previously unreleased live tracks from a few of the day's top hard rock acts). Former Giuffria guitarist Craig Goldy took Campbell's place, resulting in such releases as 1986's live EP Intermission and 1987's Dream Evil, which retained the group's headbanging audience, but failed to expand upon it as its previous releases had.

By 1990's Lock Up the Wolves, Ronnie James Dio was the only original member of Dio left in attendance as the band's lineup continued to fluctuate throughout the '90s on such releases as 1994's Strange Highways, 1996's Angry Machines, and 1998's Inferno: Last in Live (Ronnie James took a brief break from Dio in 1992 to rejoin Black Sabbath for a lone release, Dehumanizer). In 2000, a pair of Dio releases emerged; first was Dio's first new studio album in four years, the concept album Magica (which saw past members Bain and Goldy return to the group), as well as a 16-track compilation titled The Very Beast of Dio. His medieval-themed metal returned two years later, when the Killing the Dragon album arrived in the spring of 2002. The album was a serious endeavor, but Dio also learned to make fun of his image after years of defending it, inviting comedy duo Tenacious D to star in the video for "Push" and even including the clip on the fall re-release of Killing the Dragon.

In the mid-2000s Dio the man and the band returned with the studio album Master of the Moon and the live Evil or Divine, but by 2006 the band had been sidelined upon the announcement that Ronnie James would be joining Heaven & Hell, a group reuniting the singer with his late-era Sabbath brethren Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice and named after the first Sabbath recording (released in 1980) that featured him as frontman. Heaven & Hell toured in the late 2000s and released a live (Live from Radio City Music Hall) and a studio (Devil You Know) recording, but by November of 2009 it was announced that the singer was suffering from stomach cancer, and Heaven & Hell subsequently canceled their summer 2010 touring plans. Ronnie James Dio succumbed to the disease on May 16, 2010, in Houston, TX. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi