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"Dio" is a heavy metal band led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who formed it in October 1982 after leaving Black Sabbath. Ronnie James Dio is renowed for his powerful voice and is highly regarded as one of Heavy metal's most respected vocalists. In an interview that is available on the special edition re-release of Holy Diver, Ronnie states that he never intended to begin a solo career. His intention was to just form a new band, with fellow former Black Sabbath member drummer Vinny Appice, but Dio just became the band's name by accident, for he was well known, and it just sounded good to name the band Dio at the time. In addition to Ronnie on vocals and Keyboards originally, and Vinny Appice on Drums, the band featured Vivian Campbell who played guitar; and Jimmy Bain, bass.

In May 1983 they released their debut album Holy Diver, on which Ronnie sang and played keyboards. To avoid having the vocalist stuck behind a keyboard in concert, the band recruited keyboardist Claude Schnell.

Now a quintet, they released The Last in Line on July 2, 1984, followed by Sacred Heart on August 15, 1985. Several songs were recorded during the tour for that album; they were released alon...

years active 1982 – present
country United Kingdom
status Active
music genre Power Metal
Heavy Metal
current members Ronnie James Dio
Craig Goldy
Jeff Pilson
Rowan Robertson
Tracy G
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