It was just over a month ago that we shared the Official Trailer for the BMG documentary “Dio: Dreamers Never Die” which is of course about the legendary and still so very much missed Ronnie James Dio. If you missed our post about that you can click HERE while we wait for you to be more up to speed. The film opens today in limited theaters for a brief time before receiving a streaming and home video release. Down below you’ll find a reminder of the premise and the folks who appear along the documentary. Raise those horns once more for Ronnie!!!
The folks over at BMG have produced a documentary about the legendary Ronnie James Dio entitled “Dio: Dreamers Never Die” and you can check out the brief but Official Trailer down below. I’ve also included some of the folks who appear in the film and artwork. Raise those horns!!!
The Press Release:
News of Z2’s 2021 lineup begins to roll out with news of what is sure to be one of the publisher’s most anticipated projects yet – the Holy Diver graphic novel, creating an original storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic album covers. Today’s announcement brings news that acclaimed horror comics writer Steve Niles will tell the tale behind the events leading to the powerful moment captured on the cover of DIO’s debut album, definitively addressing 30 years of fan speculation. Why is the priest being thrown into the ocean? Who is truly the villain in this scenario? All of these questions are exclusively answered for the first time within the pages of this 120-page graphic novel.
“Steve Niles tells the story behind the album cover ‘Holy Diver,’ a story about how you can’t judge a picture by the way it appears, which is what Ronnie wrote many times in his songs; that you have to see inside the person and not judge them by the way they look or by what they wear,” says Wendy Dio. “Together with Scott Hampton’s amazing artwork they tell the story of ‘Holy Diver,’and I know Ronnie would have given his stamp of approval on this great graphic novel.”
The younger generation might not remember this but back in the year 1986, the late great Ronnie James Dio assembled some of the most amazing Heavy Metal names for a hunger relief music project called “Hear N Aid”. The bold track was a stark contrast to the previously released UK relief song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and the US Based “We Are The World”. It shocked the entertainment industry like a bolt of lighting and had a pretty cool video of everyone singing and all the incredible guitar solos. This clip was done under the guidance of singer/instructor Mary Zimmer and recorded at this past years NAMM show. Let’s check it out and then you can learn more about it from their exact words.
About The Clip: Back when we filmed this video, we had no idea how bittersweet it would be just a few months later. This was the last time most of the people in this video were together in one place at a large music event before Covid-19. Filmed and Recorded at NAMM 2020! Right there on the show floor! This Hear ‘N Aid/Dio tribute/cover is a metal version of the song featuring clean and harsh vocals by a bunch of guest metal vocalists! Also this is the first time I’ve been able to introduce you all to the Voicehacks Metal Choir! Voicehacks Soloists: Taylor Washington – Paladin Carlos Zema, Immortal Guardian/Heaven’s Guardian Mary Zimmer, Helion Prime/Voicehacks Cammie Gilbert – Oceans of Slumber, VK Lynne – The Spider Accomplice Bill Hudson – NorthTale Trey Xavier – In Virtue/Gear Gods Alex Nasla – Witherfall/In Virtue/Gear Gods Marc Lopes – Ross The Boss/Let Us Prey Ty Christian – Lords of the Trident Bass Guitar Tracks provided by Josh Lopez (Immortal Guardian/Widowmaker studios) Filming, Recording, Video & Audio Editing – Mary Zimmer Audio Mixing and Mastering – Alex Nasla, Gear Gods Studio Additional Footage provided by: Mel Torres, Chad Bill Anderson, Ty Christian, Eric Quiros
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Very simply put “I loved this”. Well done everyone, you are all to be commended for the fine job of this mind-blowing cover. It was great to find this being posted so close to the 10th Anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s passing. Speaking for me, since I didn’t have much background on a number of the included musicians, I found that this made me more curious about them and has me making notes on their respective bands to look into them in the future for that never ending battle of music journalism that one must continually fight to bring the readers the best in entertainment. Sorry, its pretty late and I am spent but once I saw this I wanted to get it online for you right quick. A lot has changed in the world since they recorded this track only a few short months ago but I am rather hopeful that we will come out of this eventually. Please stay smart and healthy my friends. Until next we meet.
The Press Release:
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing and honor the legacy of iconic vocalist Ronnie James Dio, BMG Records will reissue DIO’s long out-of-print 1996-2004 studio albums – 1996’s Angry Machines, 2000’s Magica, 2002’s Killing the Dragon and 2004’s Master of the Moon – on March 20.
To satisfy fans’ cravings for music, BMG has made four tracks available for streaming:
• “Rainbow In The Dark” (Live On The Master Of The Moon Tour) – https://RJDIO.lnk.to/mastermoon
• “Stand Up And Shout” (Live On The Killing The Dragon Tour)- https://RJDIO.lnk.to/killingdragon
• “Hunter Of The Heart” (Live On The Angry Machines Tour) – https://RJDIO.lnk.to/angrymachines
• “Fever Dreams” (Live On The Magica Tour) – https://RJDIO.lnk.to/magica
Also check out the previously released reissue tracks at:
• “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Recorded Live on the Angry Machines Tour
• “Lord Of the Last Day” – Recorded Live on The Magica Tour
• “Holy Diver” – Recorded Live on the Killing the Dragon Tour
• “Heaven and Hell” – Recorded Live on the Master of The Moon Tour
Newly remastered by longtime DIO collaborator Wyn Davis, the deluxe CD versions are showcased in mediabook packaging and include bonus discs with a selection of both rare or never before released live tracks from the accompanying tour for each studio release.
The 180-gram black vinyl editions include the original tracklistings and are available as a limited edition first run with and LP-sized Lenticular album art print. As a special bonus, the Magica double LP also contains a 7” single featuring “Electra,” the only known completed track from the planned Magica 2 album.
Each release also features updated artwork from frequent DIO art director Marc Sasso.