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RONNIE JAMES DIO: New 'Best Of' Collection Due In August

A Ronnie James Dio "best of" collection, entitled "We Rock - Greatest Hits", is reportedly scheduled for release in Europe on August 25 through Universal Records. The two-disc set, which is set to arrive a mere five days before DIO's newest studio album, "Master of the Moon", will feature one song f...
July 11, 2004

Ex-DOKKEN Bassist JEFF PILSON To Perform One-Off Show With FOREIGNER

Former DOKKEN/DIO bassist Jeff Pilson is going to be performing one concert with FOREIGNER on July 25. "They called a few days ago to ask if I could play in the band for this show, and I must say I was thrilled and honored," Pilson writes on his web site. "It’s a charity event held ...
July 7, 2004

DIO: 'Masters Of The Moon' Artwork To Be Designed By MARC SASSO

Illustrator Marc Sasso, who has done album covers for DIO, MORBID ANGEL, CRYONIC TEMPLE, ROB ROCK, HARD ECHO and, most recently, the new CAGE CD, is now painting the cover for the new DIO album, "Master Of The Moon". Marc is the only artist to have done two DIO covers. Marc told Maximum ...
July 7, 2004


In a recent interview with Guitar World magazine, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi talked about the Ronnie James Dio-era SABBATH albums. "I'm really satisfied with them," he said. "No disrespect to Ozzy, but I think it's a shame that they've been buried by all the Ozzy stuff. I think they're good...
July 4, 2004

DIO: 'Master Of The Moon' Track Listing Revealed

DIO have set an August 30 European release date through SPV Records for their new album, "Master of the Moon". A U.S. release date (through Sanctuary Records) has yet to be announced. The follow-up to 2002's "Killing the Dragon" was recorded at a Los Angeles studio and features lyrics that are "cyni...
July 3, 2004


HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH, METHEDRAS, VANGUARD and ENGINE OF PAIN have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The following is a list of acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX ARCH ENEM...
July 2, 2004

Ex-DOKKEN/DIO Bassist JEFF PILSON: Photos Of Baby Daughter Posted Online

Former DOKKEN/DIO bassist Jeff Pilson's web site has been updated with photos of his baby daughter, Olivia Marcelene Pilson, who was born on June 9 at 8:19 p.m. Olivia weighed in at a healthy 4 lbs. 14 oz. Check out the pictures here. As previously reported, Pilson's band WAR & PEACE have been ....
June 28, 2004

DEF LEPPARD Guitarist Recording New RIVERDOGS CD, Planning Live Appearances

DEF LEPPARD/ex-DIO guitarist Vivian Campbell has several shows lined up with RIVERDOGS, the band he was part of before he joined DEF LEPPARD in 1992. RIVERDOGS are currently recording tracks for a new album featuring the original line-up (Campbell, Rob Lamothe, Nick Brophy and Marc Danziesen). Upcom...
June 27, 2004

BLACK SABBATH: 'The Ronnie James Dio Years' Compilation Due In September

According to, Warner Bros./Rhino Records is releasing a new BLACK SABBATH compilation in September focusing on the Ronnie James Dio era(s). "Black Sabbath: The Ronnie James Dio Years" features the following track listing: 01. Neon Knights 02. Lady Evil 03. Country Girl 04. Voodo...
June 26, 2004

RONNIE JAMES DIO Sends Cease-And-Desist Letter To Pop Band DIOS

Hawthorne, California-based pop band DIOS were recently threatened by veteran heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio over the group's name, which Ronnie felt was too close to that of his own solo band. "Ronnie James Dio's lawyer sent us a cease-and-desist letter," DIOS singer-guitarist Joel Morales tol...
June 25, 2004

The Book Of Heavy Metal

Judging by the vibe surrounding this third DREAM EVIL album, big things are expected. And from the fact that these Swedes scream "Metal!" at every given opportunity and willfully admit to rifling the riff chests of every heads-down-no-nonsense act known to man — JUDAS PRIEST, ACCEPT and DIO are appa...
June 24, 2004

Poll: LED ZEPPELIN's 'Stairway To Heaven' Is Best Rock Song Of Last 50 Years

Around 800 German rock music fans participated in an online poll to choose the Top 50 rock songs of the last 50 years. The Top 50 list, as selected by the users of the web site, is as follows: 01. LED ZEPPELIN – Stairway to Heaven 02. AC/DC – Highway to Hell ...
June 17, 2004

DEATHCHAIN To Embark On European Mini-Tour

Finnish death/thrash metal act DEATHCHAIN will embark on a short European tour later this month. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. 18 - Skeleton Bash - Innsbruck, AUT Jun. 19 - Schützenwall-Bunker - Kiel, GER Jun. 20 - JC Todo - Best, NETH Jun. 21 - The Frontline - Gent, BEL Jun. 22 - Scandia ...
June 15, 2004

DIO: New Album To Arrive In September, First Songtitles Revealed

DIO have pushed back the release date new studio album, "Master of the Moon", to September, according to The follow-up to 2002's "Killing the Dragon" was recorded at a Los Angeles studio and features lyrics that are are "cynical" and "political", with the music being a mixture...
June 13, 2004

Former DOKKEN/DIO Bassist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for former DOKKEN/DIO bassist Jeff Pilson, whose wife, Ravinder, gave birth to a baby daughter, Olivia Marcelene Pilson, on Wednesday, June 9 at 8:19 p.m. Olivia weighed in at a healthy 4 lbs. 14 oz. Both mother and daughter (and Jeff) are doing well, according to a post...
June 13, 2004