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Dio in 2005
Dio in 2005
Background information
OriginCortland, New York, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal
Years active1982–1992, 1994-2006, 2009-2010
Past member(s)Ronnie James Dio
Vinny Appice
Vivian Campbell
Jimmy Bain
Craig Goldy

Dio was an American heavy metal band. It was founded by Ronnie James Dio in 1983 after he left Black Sabbath. He left the band because of an argument with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler over the mixing of Live Evil and took Vinny Appice with him. He also left Sabbath because he wanted to make his own music. [1] He took Vinny Appice with him. Appice stayed in the band until 1988. He and Ronnie joined Sabbath again in 1992. They toured with Sabbath as well. They both left the band again, and made music until 1996.

The band made 10 studio albums. Dio had many different members. Ronnie James Dio was the only person to stay in the band. Some of the people who have played in the band are Vivian Campbell, Craig Goldy, and Doug Aldrich. The band was put on hiatus in 2006 when Dio joined Heaven and Hell. They released one song and started work on a new album.Those plans were demolished after the band officially broke up in 2010 when Dio died from stomach cancer. He was 68 years old.

Dio sold more than 20 million albums. Their most popular albums are Holy Diver (1983) and The Last in Line (1984).[2][3][4] These albums were certified platinum by the RIAA.[4] Many of their albums have been on the Billboard 200, an American music chart.[5]

Studio albums[change | change source]

  • Holy Diver (1983)
  • The Last in Line (1984)
  • Sacred Heart (1985)
  • Dream Evil (1987)
  • Lock Up the Wolves (1990)
  • Strange Highways (1993)
  • Angry Machines (1996)
  • Magica (2000)
  • Killing the Dragon (2002)
  • Master of the Moon (2004)

References[change | change source]

  1. Goodman, Dean (26 October 2006). "Black Sabbath reunites without Ozzy". news.com.au. Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
  2. Epstein, Dan (June 21, 2017). "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media LLC. Archived from the original on June 24, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  3. Best of Rock & Metal - Die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten (in German). Rock Hard. 2005. p. 59. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Gold and Platinum Records". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2022-12-20.
  5. "Billboard charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-02-14.