Ronnie James Dio - (A Tribute To) This Is Your Life - Various Artists Vinyl 2LP
Ronnie James Dio (A Tribute To) This Is Your Life Various Artists on Vinyl 2LP
Covers of Ronnie James Dio's Greatest Songs from Rainbow, Black Sabbath & Dio by Metallica, Scorpions & Motorhead Among Others
Includes the 2015 Grammy Award Winning Best Metal Performance Track "The Last In Line" by Tenacious D!
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, Motorhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.
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 Motorhead 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 line up 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.
Ronnie James Dio (A Tribute To) This Is Your Life Track Listing:
1. Neon Knights - By Anthrax
2. The Last In Line - By Tenacious D
3. The Mob Rules - By Adrenaline Mob
4. Rainbow in the Dark (feat. Jason Christopher, Christian Martucci, Roy Mayorga, Satchel) - By Corey Taylor
5. Straight Through the Heart - By Halestorm
6. Starstruck (with Biff Byford) - By Motörhead
7. The Temple of the King - By Scorpions
8. Egypt (The Chains Are On) - By Doro
1. Holy Diver - By Killswitch Engage
2. Catch the Rainbow (feat. Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren, Simon Wright) - By Glenn Hughes
3. I - By Jimmy Bain, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy
4. Man On The Silver Mountain (feat. Doug Aldrich, Vinny Appice, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren) - By Rob Halford
5. Ronnie Rising Medley (feat. A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer & Kill The King) - By Metallica
6. This is Your Life - By Dio
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