A new tribute album celebrating the legacy and life of Ronnie James Dio is set for release 0n April 1st. Titled ‘This Is Your Life’, the album features new covers of songs from Dio’s entire career with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell by a number of hard rock’s biggest names.
Metallica recorded the ‘Ronnie Rising Medley, a nine-minute medley of songs from Dio’s years in Rainbow, including ‘Stargazer,’ ‘Kill the King,’ ‘Tarot Woman’ and ‘A Light in the Black.’ Anthrax offer the Black Sabbath track ‘Neon Knights’ and Motörhead along with Saxon vocalist Biff Byford bring the Rainbow track ‘Starstruck.’ The Scorpions rock ‘The Temple Of The King,’ with Halestorm contributing ‘Straight Through The Heart.’
Rob Halford teams up with Dio alum Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for ‘The Man On The Silver Mountain.’ Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot) covers ‘Rainbow In The Dark,’ with Jack Black and Kyle Glass of Tenacious D bringing their version of ‘The Last In Line.’ Killswitch Engage’s cover from 2006 of ‘Holy Diver’ is included, as is Doro’s take on ‘Egypt (The Chains Are On).’ Adrenaline Mob rocks ‘The Mob Rules’ and a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, perform ‘I.’ Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion) joins other members of Dio’s solo band: Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren for ‘Catch The Rainbow.’ a track from Rainbow’s debut album.
Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 but his spirit and legacy live on. Proceeds from the album will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand UP and Shout Cancer Fund, the non-profit charity fund co-founded by Dio’s widow Wendy (who also produced the album). The organization is dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention.
1. Anthrax – Neon Knights
2. Tenacious D – The Last In Line
3. Adrenaline Mob – The Mob Rules
4. Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher – Rainbow In The Dark
5. Halestorm – Straight Through The Heart
6. Motörhead with Biff Byford of Saxon – Starstruck
7. Scorpions – Temple Of The King
8. Doro – Egypt (The Chains Are On)
9. Killswitch Engage – Holy Diver
10. Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren – Catch the Rainbow
11. Jimmy Bain, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy – I
12. Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren – Man On The Silver Mountain
13. Metallica – Ronnie Rising Medley (featuring A Light in the Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill the King)
14. Dio – This Is Your Life