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Dio

Dio

April 22nd, 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..
Strange Highways, Dio
10. Strange High..
Master of the Moon, Dio
11. Master of th..
Magica, Dio
12. Magica
Angry Machines, Dio
13. Angry Machin..
Killing the Dragon, Dio
14. Killing the ..
Sacred Heart, Dio
15. Sacred Heart
Stand Up and Shout - The Anthology, Dio
16. Stand Up and..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Rainbow In the DarkHoly Diver4:13$1.29
2.
Holy DiverHoly Diver5:53$1.29
3.
Last In LineLast In Line5:47$1.29
4.
Rainbow In the DarkVery Beast of Dio4:14$1.29
5.
Holy DiverVery Beast of Dio5:54$1.29
6.
Hungry for HeavenVery Beast of Dio4:12$0.99
7.
We RockLast In Line4:35$0.99
8.
Don't Talk to StrangersHoly Diver4:54$0.99
9.
Rock 'n' Roll ChildrenVery Beast of Dio4:33$0.99
10.
Last In LineVery Beast of Dio5:47$1.29
11.
Stand Up and ShoutHoly Diver3:18$0.99
12.
Killing the DragonKilling the Dragon4:27$0.99
13.
Fever DreamsMagica4:39$0.99
14.
Dream EvilVery Beast of Dio4:25$0.99
15.
Man On the Silver Mountain (Live)Very Beast of Dio2:28$0.99
16.
We RockVery Beast of Dio4:35$0.99
17.
Stand Up and ShoutVery Beast of Dio3:18$0.99
18.
One Night In the CityLast In Line5:16$0.99
19.
We Rock (Live)Dio's Inferno (Live)5:42$0.99
20.
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (Liv..Dio's Inferno (Live)4:14$0.99
21.
Man On the Silver Mountain (Live)Dio's Inferno (Live)2:11$0.99
22.
Mob Rules (Live)Dio's Inferno (Live)3:37$0.99
23.
Rainbow in the Dark (Live)Dio's Inferno (Live)4:56$0.99
24.
Last in Line (Live)Dio's Inferno (Live)6:54$0.99
25.
Hunter of the Heart (Live)Dio's Inferno (Live)5:16$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..
I Could Have Been a Dreamer, Dio
4. I Could Have B..
All the Fools Sailed Away, Dio
5. All the Fools ..
Hey Angel, Dio
6. Hey Angel


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