Dio

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Dio was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1982 and fronted by legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio, this was after he left Black Sabbath intending to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath, drummer Vinny Appice.

They opted for the name Dio, because it made sense from a publicity point of view, with Dio's name being so well-known at that time.

The band released ten studio albums and had numerous line-up changes over the years with Ronnie James Dio having been the only constant member.
Guitarists have included Craig Goldy (most recent guitarist), Doug Aldrich, Vivian Campbell, Tracy G, Jake E. Lee and Rowan Robertson.

The band split in 2010 when Ronnie James Dio passed away from stomach cancer at the age of 67. The band has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

Studio Albums List

1) Holy Diver (1983)

2) The Last in Line (1984)

3) Sacred Heart (1985)

4) Dream Evil (1987)

5) Lock Up the Wolves (1990)

6) Strange Highways (1993)

7) Angry Machines (1996)

8) Magica (2000)

9) Killing the Dragon (2002)

10) Master of the Moon (2004)

Live albums

1) Intermission (1986)

2) Inferno: Last in Live (1998)

3) Evil or Divine - Live in New York City (2005)

4) Holy Diver - Live (2006)

5) Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 (2010)

6) Finding The Sacred Heart - Live In Philly 1986 (2013)

7) Live in London, Hammersmith Apollo 1993 (2014)

Members Name Check

  • Ronnie James Dio – vocals, keyboards (1982–1991, 1993–2010; died in 2010)
  • Craig Goldy – guitar (1986–1989, 1999–2001, 2004–2005, 2006–2010)
  • Simon Wright – drums (1989–1991, 1998–2010)
  • Scott Warren – keyboards (1993–2010)
  • Rudy Sarzo – bass (2005–2010)
  • Vinny Appice – drums (1982–1989, 1993–1998)
  • Jimmy Bain – bass (1982–1989, 1999–2004)
  • Jake E. Lee – guitar (1982)
  • Vivian Campbell – guitar (1982–1986)
  • Claude Schnell – keyboards (1984–1989)
  • Rowan Robertson – guitar (1989–1991)
  • Jens Johansson – keyboards (1989–1991)
  • Teddy Cook – bass (1989–1991)
  • Tracy G – guitar (1993–1999)
  • Jeff Pilson – bass (1993–1997, 2004–2005)
  • Larry Dennison – bass (1997–1999)
  • Doug Aldrich – guitar (2001–2004, 2005–2006)

Touring Members

  • Jerry Best – bass (1995)
  • Bob Daisley – bass (1998)
  • Chuck Garric – bass (2000–2001)
  • James Kottak – drums (1997)