July 22, 2009

The management for legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO) has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"It has come to [our] attention that a band calling themselves DIO are advertised in Pollstar under Ronnie James Dio as playing Zomerpop festival in Netherlands on Sept 5/6. This is not Ronnie James Dio or anything to do with DIO. This is a trademark name. This is very misleading for the DIO fans."

The Zomerpop date has since been removed from Ronnie James Dio's concert listing on Pollstar. However, "DIO" is still being advertised as taking part in the event on the festival's official web site.

"Dio" is the alias of the 21-year-old Dutch rapper Diorno Braaf. Born in Amsterdam in 1988, he grew up without a father and mainly lived on the streets. Influenced by Notorious BIG, Jay-Z and Eminem, he started to write songs and rap in 2004.

For more information on the rapper who calls himself "Dio," visit www.diomusic.nl.

Dutch rapper Dio performing live:

Zomerpop festival:

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