Everyone loves a medley, and METALLICA have put together one of the best. The ‘Ronnie Rising Medley’, which features the tracks ‘A Light In The Black’, ‘Tarot Woman’, ‘Stargazer’, and ‘Kill The King’, is available for streaming below, courtesy of Rolling Stone
The ‘Ronnie Rising Medley’ appears on the upcoming RONNIE JAMES DIO This Is Your Life compilation, available April 1st via Rhino in physical and digital versions. Take an early listen and also read the accompanying exclusive interview with Metallica, here
In the video report below, Artisan News catches up with former DIO band mates Simon Wright and Vinnie Appice at the listening party for This Is Your Life, held March 17th at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Simon and Vinnie talk about the tracks they contribited to on the album.
Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, or leading DIO. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 but his towering voice and legacy live on.
To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (Diocancerfund.org). Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as METALLICA, Motörhead, SCORPIONS, ANTHRAX, and ROB HALFORD, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.
At the exclusive VIP listening party for This Is Your Life, JUDAS PRIEST's Rob Halford, SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor, HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale were among those joining Wendy Dio on the red carpet. Check out another Artisan News report below:
With regards to the tribute album, a message from the Dio camp reads: "We can't wait for you guys to hear the Ronnie James Dio tribute album This Is Your Life! It's BRILLIANT!! We have been working hard on this album for well over a year!! All of the bands did such an AMAZING job covering Ronnie's songs from Rainbow to Black Sabbath to Dio! We can honestly say to you will all be BLOWN AWAY!!!! Every song on this album is fantastic and we know that Ronnie would be really proud!!! 100% of the proceeds that are received by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund will go to cancer research, education and to hopefully one day find a cure! The album will be in stores on April 1st!! You guys are going to LOVE this!!!"
This Is Your Life will be available from Rhino on April 1st. A digital version will also be available. Pre-orders are also available on Amazon below:
Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio’s career, several spotlight his time with Rainbow, including Metallica’s epic, nine-minute 'Ronnie Rising Medley', which combines the Rainbow songs 'A Light In The Black', 'Tarot Woman', 'Stargazer', and 'Kill The King'. Scorpions add a scorching take on 'The Temple Of The King' while Motörhead is joined by Biff Byford from Saxon on 'Starstruck'. Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for 'The Man On The Silver Mountain'. The final lineup of Dio’s solo band - Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren - are joined by GLENN HUGHES (DEEP PURPLE, Black Sabbath) for 'Catch The Rainbow', a track from Rainbow’s 1975 debut.
Anthrax and ADRENALINE MOB honor Dio’s memorable stint with Black Sabbath with their takes on 'Neon Knights' and 'The Mob Rules' respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs 'I' from Dehumanizer.
This Is Your LIfe also includes songs from Dio’s back-to-back platinum albums Holy Diver (1983) and The Last In Line (1984), with DORO’s take on 'Egypt (The Chains Are On)', HALESTORM tackling 'Straight Through The Heart', COREY TAYLOR (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT) covering the classic 'Rainbow In The Dark' and TENACIOUS D (Jack Black and Kyle Glass) putting their signature spin on 'The Last In Line'. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’s cover of 'Holy Diver', a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here.
Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album’s title) with his moving performance of 'This Is Your Life'. Originally released on Angry Machines (1996), the song’s lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio’s again.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.
This Is Your Life tracklisting:
'Neon Knights' - ANTHRAX*
'The Last In Line' - TENACIOUS D*
'The Mob Rules' - ADRENALINE MOB
'Rainbow In The Dark' - Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
'Straight Through The Heart' - HALESTORM*
'Starstruck' - MOTÖRHEAD with Biff Byford*
'The Temple Of The King' - SCORPIONS*
'Egypt (The Chains Are On)' - DORO
'Holy Diver' - KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
'Catch The Rainbow' - Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
'I' - Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
'Man On The Silver Mountain' - Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring 'A Light In The Black', 'Tarot Woman', 'Stargazer', 'Kill The King') - METALLICA*
'This Is Your Life' - DIO
Digital Bonus Track:
'Buried Alive' - JASTA *
Japan Bonus Tracks:
'Heaven And Hell' - STRYPER
'Stand Up And Shout' - DIO DISCIPLES
* Previously unreleased