‘A Decade of Dio: 1983 – 1993′ Box Set Due in July; Second Annual ‘Ride for Ronnie’ Raises $50,000
It's time to stand up and shout, Dio fans! The first six Dio studio albums have undergone the remastering process and will arrive packaged neatly into the A Decade of Dio: 1983 - 1993 box set with new and original artwork from Marc Sasso, the man responsible for the covers on 2002's Killing the Dragon and 2004's Master of the Moon.
Chronicling Ronnie James Dio's work in his namesake group between 1983 and 1993, the collection includes the platinum debut and all-time metal classic, Holy Diver, The Last in Line (also platinum), Sacred Heart, Dream Evil, Lock Up the Wolves and Strange Highways. A Decade of Dio will arrive on both CD and vinyl through Rhino Records.
The CD box set is set for a July 22 release while the vinyl edition will take slightly longer, hitting shelves and webstores on Oct. 4 later this year. Included in the vinyl set is a 7" single. On Side A is "Evil Eyes," which was released on both the "Holy Diver" single and the following record, The Last in Line. However, this version differs from the one heard on the album. Representing Side B is "Time to Burn," which was culled from the band's Intermission live album and was the only studio track featured on the release.
In total, the Dio band released 10 studio records, netting over 10 million album sales worldwide. Sadly, Ronnie lost his battle with stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. After enjoying a successful reunion with his Black Sabbath bandmates, touring and recording under the Heaven and Hell moniker, the legend had plans to begin writing the follow-up to Master of the Moon.
Since the icon's passing, the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has been established with numerous benefits held around the world. The second annual "Ride for Ronnie" was held on May 22, raising $50,000 in the process. A wealth of stars were in attendance, including Lita Ford, cast members of the television series Sons of Anarchy, Gilby Clarke and Wendy Dio. Photos of Ford, Clarke and Sons of Anarchy stars can be seen below.
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