Wed July 17th, 2002
Mon June 24th, 1991
Mon September 23rd, 1985
Mon January 28th, 1985
Mon July 16th, 1984
Killing the Dragon (2002)
Magica (2000)
Inferno/Last In Live (1998)
Angry Machines (1996)
Strange Highways (1994)
Lock Up the Wolves (1990)
Ronnie James Dio (1949-Present), vocals
The cryptic writing in the cover art for Sacred Heart (FINIS PER SOMNIUM REPERIO TIBI SACRA COR VENEFICUS OSTIUM AURUM) is in fact Latin, and the phrase roughly translates as "Comes the end by sleep, I will [p]repare for you the Sacred Heart which is the magic that opens upon the alter." The words were at one point intended as a clue in a promotional scavenger hunt. The contestant who could put all the clues together would win a car -- but the promotion never happened.
Ronnie James Dio
Ronald James Padavona’s long and winding career began at an early age. His first gig, playing bass and trumpet in a local outfit called the Vegas Kings was the first in a formidable chain of alliances that would make him one of hard rock’s most influential performers.

The Vegas Kings went through a series of name changes throughout the ’60s, eventually morphing into the Electric Elves by 1967. By the early ’70s, the name had shrunk to Elf and Dio had expanded his role as vocalist. The band soon landed a record contract. Several albums followed, and although none of them achieved any chart success, former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover been enlisted to produce at one point and it was through Glover that Elf met Ritchie Blackmore, who invited most of the group to become his new project, Rainbow.

Rainbow enjoyed all the success that had eluded Elf, however by the late ’70s tensions were beginning to arise within the group, and eventually Dio left. Fortuitously, this happened around the same time that Ozzy Osbourne parted ways with Black Sabbath, and Dio was soon contacted by Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

Though the Dio/Sabbath union seemed an ideal match, they made only three albums together (Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules and Live Evil), and Dio left in 1982. At this point, Dio had developed a reputation as a hired gun singer, a situation that rankled him. He decided to start his own solo project and assembled a backing band. With his band’s first two albums achieving platinum success, it seemed Dio had made his point. In 1985 after Bob Geldof organized Band Aid to help raise money for Ethiopian famine relief, Dio led the all-star group of metal artists, Hearing Aid who performed a song he penned ("Stars") to help the cause.

For a brief time in the early ’90s, Dio reconciled with Black Sabbath and rejoined the band, recording one album (Dehumanizer) and playing a few live shows. Though Dio’s chart success tapered during the remainder of the decade, he and his band remain a solid concert draw.
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