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Monday, September 26, 2022

When Dio rocked Donnington - twice!

 Donnington Monsters of Rock loved Dio. His two appearances were both iconic and awe inspiring. Therefore, it's fitting that the two concert recordings from his 83 and 87 shows be immortalised forever.

Ronnie James Dio's band were always great live (and on album!) and these two legendary concerts were no exception. It is strange, however, that we see a re-release of the shows again so soon after they were put out together by Niji  as a double album in 2010. But hey, some people may be new to Dio and the shows or want a newer edition.

The original version wasn't exactly new either with some of the songs being previously released as bonus tracks on studio album re-issues.  It's still great to have the gig as one album (albeit an edit of the full concerts). It was, however, damn fine!

And now it's 2022 and time for these concerts to be re-issued but this time as two seperate albums. This time the complete concets. Nice!

On September 23rd, Niji Entertainment & BMG will release two legendary live performances from DIO at the Donington Festival in the UK. DIO AT DONINGTON ‘83 captures the original DIO lineup on the HOLY DIVER TOUR and captures a young, hungry band 3 months after the release of their debut album. The set features classic tracks from Ronnie James Dio’s already amazing career as vocalist for Rainbow and Black Sabbath, alongside soon to be classics like “Holy Diver”, “Rainbow In The Dark”, and “Stand Up And Shout”.

Following three hugely successful studio albums and silver, gold, and platinum certifications around the world, DIO AT DONINGTON ’87 captures the DREAM EVIL line up, and features such classics as “The Last In Line”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children,” and “All The Fools Sailed Away”.


Additionally, both discs contain killer renditions of both RAINBOW and BLACK SABBATH classics, including “Man On The Silver Mountain”, “Neon Knights”, “Stargazer”, and “Heaven and Hell”, among others.


As the singer of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, and his own band, Ronnie James Dio is often considered to be one of rock’s all-time great vocalists, who sadly passed away in 2010, after battling stomach cancer. However, Dio’s music continues to connect with the masses – the official Ronnie James Dio Facebook page has over 2.5 million followers, his music on Spotify receives over 3 million monthly listeners, and in the most recent season of the hit Netflix series, STRANGER THINGS, the popular character Eddie Munson sports a large “DIO” patch on the back of his beloved denim jacket.


DIO AT DONINGTON ’83 & ’87 is available in both LIMITED EDITION 2LP & CD configurations. 

Each features a 3D / Lenticular art print of the cover. 

The LP sets feature an exclusive etching on Side D. 



Track Listing

1 Stand Up and Shout (Live at Donington '83)

2 Straight Through the Heart (Live at Donington '83)

3 Children of the Sea (Live at Donington '83)

4 Rainbow in the Dark (Live at Donington '83)

5 Holy Diver (Live at Donington '83)

6 Drum Solo (Live at Donington '83)

7 Stargazer (Live at Donington '83)

8 Guitar Solo (Live at Donington '83)

9 Heaven and Hell (Live at Donington '83)

10 Man on the Silver Mountain (Live at Donington '83)

11 Starstruck (Live at Donington '83)

12 Man on the Silver Mountain (Reprise) [Live at Donington '83]


Ronnie James Dio – Vocals 

Vivian Campbell – Guitar 

Jimmy Bain – Bass

Vinny Appice – Drums

Claude Schnell – Keyboards


Track Listing

1 Dream Evil (Live at Donington '87)
2 Neon Knights (Live at Donington '87)
3 Naked in the Rain (Live at Donington '87)
4 Rock and Roll Children (Live at Donington '87)
5 Long Live Rock and Roil (Live at Donington '87)
6 The Last in Line (Live at Donington '87)
7 Children of the Sea (Live at Donington '87)
8 Holy Diver (Live at Donington '87)
9 Heaven and Hell (Live at Donington '87)
10 Man on the Silver Mountain (Live at Donington '87)
11 All the Fools Sailed Away (Live at Donington '87)
12 The Last in Line (Reprise) [Live at Donington '87]
13 Rainbow in the Dark (Live at Donington '87)

Ronnie James Dio – Vocals 
Craig Goldy – Guitar
Jimmy Bain – Bass
Vinny Appice – Drums 
Claude Schnell – Keyboards 

Both albums are great examples of how and why Ronnie Dio and the boys were so loved by the fans. Dio gave it his all every single night. He held the audience in the palm of his tiny hand as he belted out classics one after the other. Audio quality is spot on and album designs are great too with some clever artwork and fan loving touches.

He never dissapointed. These albums will NOT dissapoint you either 

9/10 CAG

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