Former Dio band members Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards) will join forces with singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth) and Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Gun) to play a number of shows in Europe under the moniker Dio Disciples.

Because of Sarzo's commitment to Blue Öyster Cult, James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society) will join the band for the European dates until Rudy becomes available.

Ronnie James Dio's widow and manager Wendy recently said the following about this project: "There will never be another Ronnie, but we want to keep his music alive and hope you will support the band and become one of the Dio Disciples."

North American tour plans will be announced later.


Dio Disciples - European Tour Dates:

June 08 - Moscow, Russia - A2 Club
June 09 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Kosmonayt
June 10 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air
June 11 - East Midlands, UK - Download Festival
June 12 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
June 14 - Glasgow, Scotland - Garage
June 15 - Wolverhampton, UK - Sleigh Rooms
June 16 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
June 17 - London, UK - Islington Academy
June 19 - Uden, Netherlands - De Pul
June 20 - Aschafensburg, Germany - Colos Saal
June 21 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
June 22 - Berlin, Germany - C Club
June 24 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
June 25 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
June 27 - Vienna, Austria - Szene Wien
June 28 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Konzerthaus Schuur


Source: roadrunnerrecords.com
Band profile: Dio
 
Posted: 08.04.2011 by Thryce



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Lit. - 08.04.2011 at 23:35  
Come to America, for Dio's sake!
Troy Killjoy - 09.04.2011 at 00:11  
Really. Ripper's gonna try his hand at Holy Diver?
bitthebeast - 09.04.2011 at 00:17  
Haha i'm down for Tim Owens covering Dio! Hell yeah!
Jujitsu-man - 09.04.2011 at 01:05  
No dates for Spain? Not even for France? or Italy? or Portugal? Really? That's not an European tour! That's a half-european tour
Mountain King - 09.04.2011 at 02:12  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.04.2011 at 00:11

Really. Ripper's gonna try his hand at Holy Diver?


Holy Diver is not a hard song to sing at all. Stargazer or Don't Talk To Strangers is a bigger challenge...
Void Eater - 09.04.2011 at 02:43  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.04.2011 at 00:11

Really. Ripper's gonna try his hand at Holy Diver?

Not Ripper, but a good cover of Holy Diver. It can be done.

Dark Blood - 09.04.2011 at 05:06  
This is nice. Too bad I live in such a small and insignificant country that no one remembers us. But it's good to know they're making the effort to keep Dio's music eternal.
SlaytanicGonzo - 09.04.2011 at 07:25  
Cashgrab. Let poor Dio rest in peace.
ErnilEnNaur - 09.04.2011 at 09:53  
Written by SlaytanicGonzo on 09.04.2011 at 07:25

Cashgrab. Let poor Dio rest in peace.


It is a cash grab, probably, but at least they had something to do with Dio's success and helped him on his musical journey, unlike he who shall not be named, but who's first name is the same as the name of the dumbest character on Friends.
Baz Anderson - 09.04.2011 at 12:02  
They're doing it with the blessing of Wendy, so I don't see a problem at all.
Angelic Storm - 09.04.2011 at 12:28  
I'd definitely be interested in seeing this, the Dio band with Ripper covering Dio songs sounds like it could be awesome. Im a bit perplexed at Toby Jepson's inclusion in this though... I havent heard anything from him since the Little Angels were popular here in the early-mid 90's. lol
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 09.04.2011 at 13:49  
Oh once again...a band forgets coming to Birmingham and still intead goes to fucking Wolverhampton....
Chainer - 09.04.2011 at 16:29  
Written by Baz Anderson on 09.04.2011 at 12:02

They're doing it with the blessing of Wendy, so I don't see a problem at all.


Agreed, and James Lomenzo is playing bass (at least some of the time). So sounds like a awesome tour.
Super_Greg - 09.04.2011 at 19:54  
I honestly would have preferred if Jorn Lande would have joined instead of Ripper, but idk is he doing anything with Heaven and Hell at the moment, or was that tribute show a one time only thing?
The Shape 1973 - 10.04.2011 at 13:28  
Written by Super_Greg on 09.04.2011 at 19:54

I honestly would have preferred if Jorn Lande would have joined instead of Ripper, but idk is he doing anything with Heaven and Hell at the moment, or was that tribute show a one time only thing?

Agreed. Would have liked Jorn over Ripper.

Interesting idea but would make it even sadder to hear the legend's songs and know that you would never see Ronnie singing them live again.
KarolSojko - 10.04.2011 at 15:16  
Ripper will take just anything these days ...
Troy Killjoy - 10.04.2011 at 23:25  
Written by Mountain King on 09.04.2011 at 02:12

Holy Diver is not a hard song to sing at all. Stargazer or Don't Talk To Strangers is a bigger challenge...

It may not be a hard song to sing if you're a good vocalist...
Wilkinson - 11.04.2011 at 11:31  
For once, I won't be complaining that a so-called "European tour" has no French dates.. I wouldn't have attended anyway. I'm not interested in hearing this musical rape..
BrokenKnuckles - 12.04.2011 at 19:38  
Written by Wilkinson on 11.04.2011 at 11:31

For once, I won't be complaining that a so-called "European tour" has no French dates.. I wouldn't have attended anyway. I'm not interested in hearing this musical rape..


I agree and im interested

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