Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987

Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987

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Most people think of the legendary Ronnie James Dio as one of heavy metal's sage elder statesmen, but when his newly minted namesake band performed at the 1983 Castle Donington Monsters of Rock Festival, fresh off the release of its soon-to-be seminal debut album, Holy Diver, the group behaved like a bunch of hungry young…  See more details below

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Most people think of the legendary Ronnie James Dio as one of heavy metal's sage elder statesmen, but when his newly minted namesake band performed at the 1983 Castle Donington Monsters of Rock Festival, fresh off the release of its soon-to-be seminal debut album, Holy Diver, the group behaved like a bunch of hungry young upstarts with everything to prove. Don't believe it? Well then, consider the fact that, despite his already enviable track record at the helm of Elf, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath, on that hot August day Dio and his charges found themselves crammed fifth on the bill, warming up the crowd for Whitesnake, Meat Loaf, ZZ Top, and Twisted Sister! But, as you'd expect from the indefatigable vocalist (already 41 years young that day!), his professional standards never fell short of headlining status, as he guided his handpicked bandmembers -- faithful Sabbath partner drummer Vinnie Appice, veteran former Rainbow associate bassist Jimmy Bain, and white-hot guitar prodigy Vivian Campbell -- through an energized set of past and future heavy metal classics. With only 45 minutes allotted to it, the band blazed through the newer Dio cuts ("Stand Up and Shout," "Rainbow in the Dark," "Holy Diver," etc.) in the concert's first half, before embarking on a medley of established fan favorites combining portions of "Stargazer," "Starstruck," "Man on the Silver Mountain" (all Rainbow standards) and the Sabs' "Heaven and Hell," which, when stretched out to include an audience participation section, nearly brought down the ol' Castle. Final verdict: all killer, no filler. Four years later, Dio were invited back to Donington, sans Campbell (recently replaced by Craig Goldy), but tellingly slotted second only to headliners Bon Jovi on a bill also featuring -- get this: Metallica, Anthrax, W.A.S.P., and Cinderella -- a testament to the group's great success during in the intervening years. But, in contrast to this, Dio's performance felt a little less inspired and spontaneous (more like clockwork than desperate to please) due to the many years they'd spent grinding it out on tour -- not to mention churning out steadily diluted original material like "Dream Evil," "Rock and Roll Children," and "Naked in the Rain" (Remember that one? Who does?). "The Last in Line," at least, still held sway with magnificent gravitas, and, as always, the Rainbow and Sabbath nuggets were interspersed amid these cuts, oftentimes in truncated form, making for alternately confusing and entertaining combinations that ultimately sent the punters home happy. Now, decades on, these two landmark performances finally see the light of day as the first release issued by Dio's own Niji Entertainment Group, but, tragically, the double-disc set arrived just a few months after the great singer's passing following a short but typically spirited battle against stomach cancer. What's important, though, is that Dio's music will obviously live on forever.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Niji Entertainment
UPC:
0815987010016
catalogNumber:
1

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Performance Credits

Dio   Primary Artist
Craig Goldy   Guitar
Vinny Appice   Drums
Jimmy Bain   Bass
Vivian Campbell   Guitar
Ronnie James Dio   Vocals
Claude Schnell   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dio   Composer
Ritchie Blackmore   Composer
Craig Goldy   Composer
Angelo Arcuri   Engineer,Stage Manager
Jimmy Bain   Composer
Geezer Butler   Composer
Vivian Campbell   Composer
Wyn Davis   Engineer
Ronnie James Dio   Executive Producer
Wendy Dio   Contributor,Concept,Management
Tony Iommi   Composer
Bill Ward   Composer
Maria Villar   Art Direction
John Godenzi   Engineer
Dean Schachtel   Contributor
Dante Bonutto   Liner Notes
Graham Lilley   Guitar Techician
Appice   Composer
Bob Meyers   Monitors
Sarah Turner   Contributor
Martin "Ferrit" Rowe   Monitor Engineer
Marchele Mallari   Contributor
Anthony Turner   Contributor
Lynne Platt   Contributor
Derek "Wilko" Wilkinson   Tour Manager
Chris Pollan   Tour Manager
Diana Deville   Contributor
Tom Kelleher   Drum Technician
Omar Gimenez   Contributor
Melanie Alcorn   Contributor
Chip Rubbieri   Publicity
Brian Wede   Drum Technician
Carmen Hornbuckle   Contributor
Jen Farhood   Publicity
Munsey Ricci   Promoter

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