‘Dio Returns: The World Tour’ Kicks Off In Bochum, Germany

Much as I admire Ronnie James Dio, I am not really convinced to this idea … :/ The report is from Metal Addicts.


“Dio Returns: The World Tour” — featuring Ronnie James Dio reuniting via hologram with his DIO bandmates — kicked off earlier tonight (Wednesday, December 6) at Matrix in in Bochum, Germany. The Ronnie hologram performed throughout the show, treating fans to an alternating setlist that featured songs such as “Rainbow In The Dark”“We Rock”“Neon Nights”“King Of Rock And Roll”“Man On The Silver Mountain”“Heaven And Hell”“Holy Diver” and more.

The “Dio Returns” tour features Ronnie‘s actual live vocals, with the DIO band playing live, consisting of Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Veteran metal vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST) is also performing, with singer Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) also joining on select dates.

“Dio Returns: The World Tour” will also make stops in Poland, Spain, Romania, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Belgium before the end of 2017.

Dates initially announced for Finland, Sweden and Norway are being rescheduled for a larger run through Scandinavia in 2018. The “Dio Returns” tour will also make stops throughout Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, United States, Venezuela and other countries, with more dates to be announced.

The hologram of Ronnie James Dio made its debut at last year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The surprise appearance of the heavy metal icon during DIO DISCIPLES‘ set closed out the massive metal event which was attended by more than 75,000 fans.

In a recent post on the DIO DISCIPLES Facebook page, Goldy defended DIO DISCIPLES‘ decision to tour with Ronnie‘s hologram, calling it “a gift to the fans” which will be “given in the same spirit in which Ronnie gave.”

He explained: “People don’t remember, but Wendy [DioRonnie‘s wife and manager] was a big part of how that whole ‘Sacred Heart’ stage set was built, put together and without hiking up the ticket prices too. Same thing for the ‘Dream Evil’ tour, with a giant metal spider that came down out of the rafters and I shot it with lasers out of my guitar and then wherever I pointed my guitar, an explosion would occur. It was magical days with magical people behind that magic. This hologram is just that.”

According to GoldyDIO DISCIPLES‘ performances with the Ronnie James Dio hologram will serve an opportunity for people who “never got to see Ronnie on stage with BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW” to experience some of the original magic.

“This is something that is done in the name of love, honor, missing him and respect — nothing else,” he said. “And that is the truth. People’s opinion does not alter the truth. It only alters the perception of truth. So this hologram tour is meant to honor the man and his music in the same spirit in which that man gave to this world… so we now give. And people will be missing out on an incredible experience if they let bad comments make that decision for them.”

Craig added that “Ronnie would approve of this hologram being done in the way it is being done. I’m sure that anyone who has worked as hard as he did, and has made as big of a worldwide impact as he did, would like their name and memory carried on by those people that he loved and surrounded himself with by choice.”

Englen told “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show” in October that “Dio Returns” will see him and his bandmates perform “quite a few songs with the hologram — probably, I would say, about half or maybe more than half. And then the rest of them are gonna be without the hologram, with ‘Ripper’ Owens and Oni Logan singing,” he said. “So it’s gonna be the DIO DISCIPLES. And the hologram is gonna be in the middle of the stage, but I don’t wanna reveal too much. It’s quite a large… it needs quite a bit of space onstage, so hopefully most of the venues are gonna be able to accommodate that, as far as the places that haven’t been booked yet. But we’re excited about it. It’s gonna be great.”

According to Englen, the tour will consist of shows “at theaters and large clubs. And as long as the stage is big, we can do it. It has to have a certain width,” he explained.

Regarding what is involved in planning a tour like this, Englen said: “We have to do some choreography, as far as where to be and what song and all that stuff. All the music is live, and we obviously have to play to a click track — or Simon does — so that we’re synced with Ronnie‘s vocals. Other than that, we play the songs like we normally play them. We’ve just gotta make sure the arrangements are the same, and they usually are — we haven’t done many changes to the songs since the DIO days. So they’re the same anyway.”

Asked if he finds it “haunting” to perform with a Dio hologram, the bassist said: “You know, we’re not really looking at it while we’re playing. Looking at it after, I think it’s just a nice thing. Some people wonder, ‘Is it creepy?’ or that kind of a thing. We’re excited. We feel good about it. It’s done really well, and it’s with live vocals — you know, you get that live feel and everything — and they’ve done a really nice job as far as the content and the photography and all that stuff. I think a lot of people are gonna be — even the people that have been negative about it, or pessimistic — are gonna be positively surprised.”

Here is the video from the show

source: Metal Addicts


Celtic Frost Co-founder Martin Eric Ain Died

Another tragic news 😦 Let me quote Metal Hammer


Celtic Frost co-founder and bassist Martin Eric Ain has died at the age of 50 after falling ill in Switzerland over the weekend.

The website 20 Minuten reports that he collapsed while switching between trams on Saturday.

Ain, born Martin Stricker in the US, hooked up with Thomas Gabriel Fischer, aka Tom G. Warrior, in the band Hellhammer in the early 80s. Following their split, the pair re-emerged as Celtic Frost and released their first album Morbid Tales in 1984.

Ain contributed to 1985’s To Mega Therion, 1987’s Into the Pandemonium, 1990’s Vanity/Nemesis before Celtic Frost disbanded in 1993. He also played on their comeback album Monotheist in 2006.

Fischer has issued a statement on his blog, quoting the pair’s 1984 track Visions Of Mortality: “The sands of time will never run, for an immortal dead man.”

He adds: “I am deeply affected by Martin Eric Ain’s passing. Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin’s life and mine were very closely intertwined since we first met in 1982. My life will be painfully incomplete without his existence.”

Fischer also posted an picture of him and Ain with original Celtic Frost drummer Reed St. Mark, taken in 2006.

He says: “The photo was taken on the occasion of Celtic Frost’s second of two consecutive concerts in New York, at the start of the group’s first North American tour in 17 years.

“Reed St. Mark and I had maintained contact and also met sporadically following Celtic Frost’s original termination in early 1993. But this was the first time all three members of the classic Celtic Frost lineup met since working together in the 1980s.

“The three of us would meet one more time, when Celtic Frost returned to tour North America with Type O Negative in April and May of 2007.

“Today, when Reed and I talked about Martin’s death on the phone, Reed said to me: ‘Now, there’s only the two of us.’ It completely broke my heart.”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, Paradise Lost’s Nick Holmes, Cradle Of Filth and Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott have posted tributes to Ain on social media.

Obviously I will prepare a place for him on Metal Graveyard.


Ronnie James Dio Fund’s Latest Events + His Autobiography + New Songs May Emerge

Some fresh news about Ronnie James Dio Stand Out and Shout Cancer Fund.

  1. Rob Halford has raised more than $2,000 for the Fund for his birthday. Here’s the FB post


2.  The third annual Bowl For Ronnie event took place this weekend. Here’s the FB post


3. Wendy Dio revealed that at least three unfinished songs by Dio may emerge. Here’s the article from Metal Wani

During a brand new interview with the Talking Metal podcast, Wendy was asked if there is any unreleased Dio material in the vaults. She said: “I think there’s at least three, maybe five songs — not completed, but songs that have the lyrics and Ronnie singing them. We have the [DIO] band [playing on them], of course. Some are half done, some are just ideas and things. I have to really look. I haven’t really had the time or wanted to go into that part of his life again, but I do have all the computers, and it’s time — it’s been seven and a half years now [since his death], so I can actually go in there and look without breaking down.”

Wendy also talked about the status of Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio, the revealing memoir of the heavy metal master, which was three-quarters written before the singer’s death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago via MTV Books.

“I am gonna finish the book,” she said. “We’ve got the book, which hopefully can come out next year. I keep saying that, but I haven’t had the time to sit down and go over it. He’d written his book up to the middle of RAINBOW, which is good, because I know the rest of it, ’cause I was there.”

Via Blabbermouth.com

Wendy was later asked if the Dio hologram performances could potentially include these new songs in the future and she didn’t dismiss the idea, stating, “It’s a possibility. It’s a possibility. Everything’s a possibility.”

As for the Dio hologram, the spectacle will hit the road with the Dio Disciples band on a European tour which kicks off on Nov. 30 in Helsinki, Finland. For more info and dates, click here.

source:  Loudwire

‘Crazy Train’ With Randy Rhoads On Guitar

Guess who I added to the graveyard’s alley today? When I got the concept of this page in May, I immediately started to write down the names of the musicians whom I should gather here and initially there was eight of them. The first names were obvious: Peter Steele, Quorthon, Ronnie James Dio, others appeared in my mind as I was doing a quick research in my memory of heavy metal music: Chuck Schulinder, Jeff Hanneman, while Dead, Somnium and Valfar came to my mind when I listened to their songs. I wrote short bios based on Wikipedia and added photos, exactly like I did for Grunge Graveyard years ago. I thought I was done. Then I recalled Dimebag and Cliff. Then I recalled Nicole and Aleah. But I thought, Ok now it is done.

And then, just a couple of weeks ago, we were checking the English presentation that my friend prepared for this weekend’s conference and it included the example of Ozzy Osbourne. While we were examining his case, I suddenly thought of a horrific episode from his history and another name came to my mind. Randy Rhoads.

So here he is in a video devoted to him and I have a personal request for all the metal musicians: please do take care of yourself! Eat healthy food, exercise, and do not take unnecessary risk! I know it doesn’t sound like a stereotypical rock’n’roll lifestyle but I just don’t want you to be included on this page! I want you to live, create and flourish until you are 80 or 90. Until then, please do not give me the reasons to place you here, ok?!


‘Man On The Silver Mountain’ By Rainbow

Here is the first song on the first album of Rainbow (and probably my favourite Ronnie James Dio’s song ever). As he said, this track is a semi-religious one, a man on the silver mountain is a kind of God figure everyone is crying out to. The words ‘The man on the silver mountain Ronnie James Dio are inscribed on his grave.


I’m a wheel, I’m a wheel
I can roll, I can feel
And you can’t stop me turning

Cause I’m the sun, I’m the sun
I can move, I can run
But you’ll never stop me burning

Come down with fire
Lift my spirit higher
Someone’s screaming my name
Come and make me holy again

I’m the man on the silver mountain
I’m the man on the silver mountain

I’m the day, I’m the day
I can show you the way
And look, I’m right beside you

I’m the night, I’m the night
I’m the dark and the light
With eyes that see inside you

Come down with fire
Lift my spirit higher
Someone’s screaming my name
Come and make me holy again

I’m the man on the silver mountain
I’m the man on the silver mountain

Come down with fire
And lift my spirit higher
Someone’s screaming my name
Come and make me holy again

Well, I can help you, you know I can

I’m the man on the silver mountain
I’m the man on the silver mountain

Just look at me and listen
I’m the man, the man, give you my hand
I’m the man on the silver mountain

Come down with fire
And lift your spirit higher
I’m the man on the mountain
The man on the silver mountain
I’m the night, the light
The black and the white
The man on the silver mountain