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Ronnie James Dio’s former home up for sale on eBay, ‘Dio: The Singles’ Box Set due for release next month

by on Aug.13, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Ronnie James Dio’s former home up for sale on eBay, ‘Dio: The Singles’ Box Set due for release next month

The New York home where Ronnie James Dio grew up has listed the property on eBay. The home is on Dio Way, the street renamed for Dio in 1988 and includes the garage where the he used to rehearse and possibly a trunk he buried in the back garden.

The current owner purchased it three years ago but says it’s now too small for his family: “This is the house he grew up in, wrote songs in, had parties in and played in. We bought it from Ronnie and have enjoyed living there. It has a detached garage where Dio used to play, a fenced-in back yard great for barbecues, and a garden behind the garage where Ronnie told me himself he’d buried a trunk that we never got round to digging up. I have found an old mic of his and what looks like some spelling test pushed into a knothole in the floor. We have had people visit the house, getting their picture taken out front, or by the street sign of Dio Way. If these walls could talk! I am listing it in the hope that a true Dio fan can get the house and enjoy owning a piece of heavy metal history.”

The starting price for the home is $90,000 and the auction closes at the end of August.

'Dio: The Singles Collection,' due for release on Aug. 31st in Europe and Sept. 3rd in Japan compiles a box of the band’s classic singles on Vertigo/Universal in replicas of the original release, along with a DVD. The 14 CD's include 48 songs from 14 previous singles, while the DVD presents 12 music videos.

The package comes with a reprint of a UK tour poster and Dio family tree (subject to change), as well as 32-page complete discography of the Vertigo years.

Dio 'The Singles Collection' track listing:
Holy Diver
Rainbow In The Dark
The Last In Line
We Rock
Mystery (inc. UK tour poster)
Rock N Roll Children
Hungry For Heaven

-Dio Live:
King Of Rock N Roll
I Could Have Been A Dreamer
All The Fools Sailed Away

-The Dio EP (inc. DIO family tree)
Jesus Mary And The Holy Ghost

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Anthrax News: Charlie Benante marital issues, Covers E.P., Frank Bello Movie role and more

by on Jul.31, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Anthrax News: Charlie Benante marital issues, Covers E.P., Frank Bello Movie role and more

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and his wife had an altercation last Friday night which led to their subsequent arrests, and now the following statement has been released from Charlie Benante's lawyer, Charlie William L. Hotopp:

"Last Friday night, Charlie Benante, drummer for the rock band Anthrax, was assaulted several times during an altercation that sent him to the emergency room with a gash at the back of his head that required several staples to close.

Mr. Benante and his six-year old daughter Mia had traveled to Elkart, IN to meet Mrs. Benante and her 17-year old son who was participating in a weekend baseball series. At some point, words were exchanged between Mr. Benante, Mrs. Benante and her male companion that led to a scuffle. Mrs. Benante hit Mr. Benante in the face, he pushed her away, and as he turned around to leave with Mia, Mrs. Benante assaulted him from behind, hitting him multiple times on the back of his head with a cell phone. Police were called, and both Mr. Benante and Mrs. Benante were detained for domestic battery in front of a child.

Mr. Benante is understandably distraught by this incident and that his daughter, who he dotes on, witnessed it. Mr. Benante will appear in Elkhart County court this Friday, August 3rd, and we expect complete vindication."


Even though Scott Ian recently stated that the band aren't going to be releasing a covers album, but the band will apparently be releasing a cover E.P. at some point. At least according to Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna. Carla Harvey of the Butcher Babies and Revolver TV recently interviewed Belladonna at a recent stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Frank Bello recently said about the covers E.P.: "Actually, what we are planning on doing is doing some covers. We’re doing some cover versions of songs and re-releasing the record in the fall with some special cover songs such as a Rush track and a Boston song. It’s gonna be great. Some really cool stuff which I think people are really going to dig. And we also have a lot more touring to do; we’re going out with Motörhead in Europe in November and then we’re on the road with Testament and Death Angel."

The following cover songs have been recorded by Anthrax for possible release:
AC/DC - T.N.T.
Boston - Smokin'
Journey - Keep On Runnin'
Rush - Anthem

Anthrax have also recorded a cover version of Black Sabbath's 'Neon Knights' to be included on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album which is being assembled by the singer's widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio.

Frank Bello will also be making his feature film debut, playing the New York punk rock legend Richard Hell in the biopic 'Greetings From Tim Buckley.' Frank Wood ('Changeling' 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3') plays songwriter and Jeff Buckley collaborator Gary Lucas, while Penn Badgley ('Gossip Girl') has been cast as Tim Buckley's son Jeff. Dan Algrant ("People I Know", "Naked in New York") is directing from a script he co-wrote with Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel. Bello previously had small roles in a few TV and movie projects mostly as a member of Anthrax, and he also played a rocker in an episode of 'Law & Order.'
Watch this Artisan News Report to find out more:


The busy Bello has also putting on bass clinics at various Sam Ash Music stores around the county coinciding with where Anthrax is making stops on tour. Check out this webisode featuring Bello at the Sam Ash in Cinncinnati with Jeff & Don:

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Second annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Awards Gala open to fans

by on Jun.23, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Second annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund Awards Gala open to fans

The second annual awards gala benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund will take place on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st at the Avalon in Hollywood. This year the gala will be open to the fans. So if you're planning to attend wear your creepiest costume, as there will be both a costume contest and a live and silent auction.

Eddie Trunk, who was a past honoree, will once again be the MC for the festivities. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, who is undergoing his own cancer struggle with lymphoma, will receive the King of Rock n’ Roll Award. Five other awards will be presented to various other music industry notables.

The Dio Disciples, an all-star group comprised of former members of Dio, with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (ex-Judas Priest) and Toby Jepsen (Little Angels) on vocals will perform with other special guests. Other musical acts have yet to be announced. Cirque Berzerk, which calls itself a "phantasmagoric spectacle," will also provide entertainment.

Ticket and sponsorship packages are listed as follows:

1. Main Floor ($200 ea.) includes: full hosted bar and gourmet food stations 7:30pm-11:00pm

2. Main Floor/Private Loge ($250 ea.) includes: Full hosted bar and gourmet food stations 7:30pm-11:00pm - Access to private seating in the Loge area

3. VIP Balcony ($550 ea.) includes: Full hosted bar, gourmet carvery and Food Stations 7:30pm-2:00am - VIP Access to the balcony - Commemorative photo booth picture - Extra VIP entertainment

4. VIP Opera Box ($12,000 ea.) Only 2 Available includes: 15 VIP Balcony tickets - Premier stage and main floor views from Opera Box Seats - Full hosted bar, gourmet carvery and food stations 7:30-2:00am - Private balcony box seating - Commemorative photo booth picture - Extra VIP entertainment - 1/2 Page ad in the program - Signage at the event

5. VIP Balcony Box ($12,000 ea.) Only 1 Available - 15 VIP balcony tickets - Full hosted bar, gourmet carvery and food stations 7:30-2:00am - Private balcony box seating - Commemorative photo booth picture - Extra VIP Entertainment - 1/2 Page Ad in Program - Signage at Event

To buy tickets and find out more information about this event, please visit


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Black Sabbath News: Bill Ward will not be a part of reunion, band pulls all images of Ward off website, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler remember Ronnie James Dio on the second anniversary of his passing

by on May.18, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Black Sabbath News: Bill Ward will not be a part of reunion, band pulls all images of Ward off website, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler remember Ronnie James Dio on the second anniversary of his passing

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward won’t be rejoining the band for the upcoming two tour dates, or at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3rd. Ward released a statement this week on his website:

Dear Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians,

I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. At this time I have to inform you that I won’t be playing with Black Sabbath at the Birmingham gig dated May 19th, 2012, nor will I be playing at Download on June 10th, 2012. Further, I will not be playing at Lollapalooza on August 3, 2012.

It is with a very sad heart that I bring you this news. I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band, and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this. This statement is even more painstaking to write, as I was particularly excited to play alongside Tony Iommi after the recent treatments he underwent. I wanted that to become a reality.

To express my thoughts about you, the Sabbath fans, I’m going to speak to you all through an experience my brother James had recently. My brother Jimmy lives in the U.K. When speaking with him a couple of days ago, he told me that an acquaintance had stopped him on the street and confronted him, “is your brother playing Birmingham? What’s going on? I waited in line with my son and paid x amount for the concert tickets.”

The man’s son is a young drummer. He’s going to see Sabbath, and he wants to see Bill Ward play drums. Upon hearing this news, I felt horrible. I couldn’t help feeling some resentment towards the failure to reach an agreement, the failure to remember where we came from, the failure to be as brothers, as we once were. To be clear, I’m not blaming the other guys or finding any faults with them. I would think it can’t be easy for them either, but this situation is just really sad. It’s sad that it’s come to this. “This” will surely leave a mark and be unwelcome to the memory. Hopefully “this” will heal and pass in time.

My heart sank when Jimmy told me about this young boy. I know this boy is going to be disappointed, and I don’t know how to amend it, other than to put my arms around the boy and tell him I love him. Sabbath fans have a voice and a face, to me you’re human, you have families and despair. You have ferocity and emotions and graciousness, and at this moment as far as I’m concerned you are also that young boy in England. I don’t know how to amend my part in these failings other than to put my arms around you and say I love you and let you know I’m very, very sorry.

Throughout this process, which began over a year ago, I have had to stand up for myself time and time again. I have had to stand up for myself and in doing so realize my actions indirectly, although unintentionally, are upsetting and hurting a lot of you. I know in my heart I couldn’t have done these concerts by agreeing the terms suggested. I made a solemn vow after the last European and Ozzfest concerts that I would never again enter into what was, in my opinion, a totally unsatisfactory contract. I have to stand for something, and as painful as it is, I’m doing it.

Earlier in April 2012, I’d been asked to participate “minimally” in the Download festival. I believe I’d been offered no more than three songs to play while another drummer presumably played the rest of the show with Black Sabbath. I was not willing to participate in that offer. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set, while I was to play only three songs.

I found out about the Birmingham gig on Monday, April 30 through the Internet ad. I was taken aback somewhat by the date, and the fact it was Birmingham. Knowing the “signable” contract negotiations were at best in shreds, I was upset by the idea that the band was going to play Birmingham and play it assumedly without me. I had no prior knowledge of the date and location, and I felt totally excluded. We contacted the representative for Black Sabbath to see if something could be worked out. In the meantime my drum crew and I, along with our US endorsers, finished all the necessary planning for a swift departure to the UK. There wasn’t a whole lot to complete; we’d all been on standby more or less since mid-January 2012. The remaining work in the UK was confirmed done by our European and UK endorsers and we were good to go by Friday, May 4 2012. There were two stress points: firstly, getting an agreement in place, and secondly, getting to England in a timely manner. Jetlag time was taken into account as well as drum practice, a drum practice room in the heart of Birmingham, accommodation, and travel arrangements were all in place to meet with any band rehearsals that may have transpired before the Birmingham show. So far everything that had been arranged was on my dime, but we didn’t move ahead without a realistic confirmation.

Communications between the representative and my lawyer continued through the weekend of May 5 finalizing on Wednesday, May 9. The offer we received on May 9 was, “come to the UK, play for free and see how the first show goes.” I was tempted. Playing for free would not have been a problem for me, but “seeing how the first show goes” left an element of risk which could have affected Download. My ideal thought was to play in full the Birmingham show, in full Download, and in full Lollapalooza.

I had notified the representative that May 10 was my cutoff day in order to have good lead-in time for England. On the night of May 9 I asked for a brief letter to be sent to the representative asking to find out if we were at an end. On the morning of Thursday, May 10, I received a reply in the affirmative. After consulting with my advisors and crew a decision was made to let go and stop.

I can’t prioritize the Sabbath fans making one show more important than the other. I can’t do that. All of you are important. It’s all the gigs or none at all. I can’t come to Birmingham and “see what happens” knowing there is a risk of not being able to play Download or Lollapalooza. Again, for me, it’s all or nothing. I had to say “no” to Birmingham on the principle of wanting to play all the shows. Saying no to Birmingham is very difficult for me. My family grew up in Birmingham. Black Sabbath grew up in Birmingham. It’s still my hometown and I resent having to arrive at such a difficult choice.

Although the statement was made that, “the door is always open” for me, as explained above, walking through that door is not always as easy as it sounds. There are many complicated issues and unseen and unspoken agendas on hand. I can assure you, my criteria for a “signable” contract is based in mindful principles, respectability, and acknowledgement of my history within the band.

I hold no malice or resentment towards the other band members. I love them; I’m tolerant of them; I’m frustrated with them, as they may be with me. My fight has never been with them. I’ll love them forever. In my opinion, nobody wins this time; the band doesn’t win; the fans for an original lineup don’t win. Nobody wins, nobody. Even the ones who thought they did.

I didn’t want to make this decision, but I have to be honest and transparent. This is the statement I didn’t want to write; it’s the last thing I wanted to do. But, I have written it, and now it can go into the universe.

Since Spring of 2011, I’ve waited patiently and hopefully for a signable contract, you know the rest. I stand for the boy in the U.K., for the coming drum student, for all the drummers, who write their parts out and get stiffed on the publishing, I stand with the Sabbath fans chanting “Bill Ward” and asking “why?” and I stand with Tony and Geezer and Ozzy.

On a final note, even though I’m at an end with the upcoming announced concerts, I will remain with an open mind and a position of willingness to negotiate “signable” terms with Sabbath’s representatives in the future.

Stay strong.
Stay safe.

With all my heart and strength, I love you,
Bill Ward

Bill's statement prompted this response from the Black Sabbath camp:

"We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill’s latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony’s treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download."

–Black Sabbath, 5/17/12

In a further response to Ward's not being a part of the upcoming reunion, the new Black Sabbath website has removed him from seemingly all of the vintage images. All of the live and posed photos that form the backdrop have been edited or creatively covered in such a way as to completely remove Ward. The site design itself is pretty cool, but it is complete BULLSHIT to eliminate any image of Ward, erasing his comtributions and not acknowleging him in any way. It's just stupid and I won't be frequenting the site.


Wednesday, May 16th marked the secondary anniversary of the passing of legendary singer Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio, Heaven & Hell) from stomach cancer at the age of 67.

Former bandmate Tony Iommi said: "I've been thinking of you old friend while dealing with my own health issues over the last six months and remembering the good times."

Bassist Geezer Butler added: "Ronald – two years – still missing you."

Iommi endured his last dose of chemotherapy in late March and recently completed three weeks of radiotherapy after being diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.

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Vivian Campbell jams with former Dio bandmates talks possible gigs in the future

by on May.06, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Vivian Campbell jams with former Dio bandmates talks possible gigs in the future

Guitarist Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, ex-Dio) has revealed via Facebook that he is planning a reunion with drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain and keyboardist Claude Schnell, two months after they jammed together. That was brought about when Campbell jammed on 'Rainbow in the Dark' with Steel Panther in January.

Campbell and the other former Dio bandmates may play "some gigs" that will see the musicians performing material from the early Dio records that Campbell appeared on.

Campbell, Appice and Schnell jammed together in late February, with Vivian writing at the time on his Facebook page: "I had so much fun playing 'Rainbow In The Dark' with Steel Panther that I've organized a get-together with my old Dio bandmates to jam some more of the old songs. I've been listening to the records trying to remember how the songs and solos go." He added, "Well, that was a hoot playing the old songs with the Dio guys again. I even broke out the original black Les Paul that I recorded them on (needs a re-fret really bad!). All in all, it sounded great and now we're thinking of taking it a stage further." Regarding who handled the vocals during the late-February jam session, he said, "A chap called Andy Freeman (friend of Vinny's) (Hurricane, Lynch Mob, Bulletboys) stopped by for about a half hour and sang a few of the songs. He was incredible!"

Just this week Viv wrote this update on his facebook page: "I met up with the original Dio band guys, Vinny Appice [drums], Jimmy Bain [bass] and Claude Schnell [keyboards] again [Monday] night [April 30]. Now that I've brushed up on how to play those solos again, we're planning to jam some more and plan to do some gigs, too. We found a great singer who can really do justice to Ronnie's [James Dio] parts."

Bain commented: "We've had a couple of rehearsals and it sounds great. Listening to Vivian playing those songs again has been amazing. He's just so into it doing this, and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on the rest of us. Andy isn't Ronnie. How could he be? But what he does bring is his own twist on the vocals. Our aim is to do some shows around November, concentrating on the first two Dio albums. It's gonna be great getting back onstage with these guys for the first time in so long.”

Campbell was on the first three Dio albums: 1983's 'Holy Diver,' 1984's 'The Last in Line,' and 1985's 'Sacred Heart.' Campbell left (or was fired depending on who you talk to) and eventually joined Whitesnake in 1987. We'll see how Wendy Dio reacts to this as the Dio Disciples are the officially endorsed Dio tribute band performing his material. Wendy and Viv's relationship has been strained over the years, as was Ronnie and Viv's before he passed. Last year Campbell revealed he’d been “numb” to the iconic singer’s death, saying: "We never had a very strong relationship beyond music. That was what brought us together. I found it difficult to communicate with him and he found it difficult to communicate with me. I didn’t have any reason to contact him after he fired me."

Dio Disciples, who have been touring since last year, feature Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Toby Jepson on vocals, with James LoMenzo (White Lion, Megadeth) on bass, along with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright and Scott Warren, the later three of which were in the band when Dio died.

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