This document will tell you the basic chronology and the bands that Ronnie James Dio has gone through.
And also of the albums that were released during this time frame.

The Vegas Kings
Ronnie & The Rumblers
1957-1958
Ronnie James Dio bass
Billy De Wolf vocals
Nick Pantas guitars
Tom Rogers drums
Jack Musci sax

This group was originally started as a school band in Cortland, New York in 1957. First they went under name The Vegas Kings but they changed their name soon to Ronnie & The Rumblers and finally to Ronnie And The Red Caps. The name changes took place in 1957-1958, as they released their only recording under name Ronnie And The Red Caps in 1958.

Ronnie And The Red Caps
1958-1961
Ronnie James Dio vocals, bass
Dick Bottoff guitars
Nick Pantas guitars
Tom Rogers drums

After releasing their first single on Reb label, there was a little personnel change in the band. With the same line-up that was later (supposedly 1961) to become Ronnie Dio And The Prophets, the band released one single as Ronnie And The Red Caps.

Ronnie Dio And The Prophets
1961-Autum 1967
Ronnie James Dio vocals, bass
Dick Bottoff guitars
Nick Pantas guitars
Tom Rogers drums

In 1961 Ronnie And The Red Caps changed their name to Ronnie Dio And The Prophets. Under this name, the line-up lasted for quite a long time and produced several singles and one album. Some sources state that some of the single releases would've been made by Ronnie Dio solo, but others, for example Ronnie James Dio himself, state that all of those singles were made as Ronnie Dio And The Prophets.

The band ended in Autumn 1967, when Ronnie James Dio and Nick Pantas continued on in a band called The Electric Elves.
The Electric Elves.

Mid 1967-Mid 1969
Ronnie James Dio vocals, bass
David Feinstein guitars
Nick Pantas guitars
Gary Driscoll drums
Doug Thaler keyboards

Soon after Ronnie Dio & The Prophets was gone, Ronnie James Dio and Nick Pantas formed another group with three new members. The band was called The Electric Elves.

The name didn't last for too long, as in mid 1969 they decided to change it simply to The Elves.

The Elves.
Mid 1969-Mid 70
Ronnie James Dio vocals, bass
David Feinstein guitars
Nick Pantas guitars
Gary Driscoll drums
Doug Thaler keyboards

The band's line-up remained the same, but they shortened their name from The Electric Elves to The Elves before releasing their second single. The band lineup remained the same until mid 1970, when they all were involved in a car crash. The car crash killed Nick Pantas, and it ended also the band. Some of the members of The Elves continued later on as Elf.

Elf
Mid/Late 1970-Early 1973
Carolina County Ball
1972
Dave Feinstein : guitars
Ronald Padavona : bass and vocals
Gary Driscoll : drums
Mickey Lee Soule : piano

After recovering from the car crash and getting new pianist to replace Doug Thaler, the band changed their name from The Elves to Elf. They played at clubs, colleges and bars looking for a record contract. Roger Glover and Ian Paice of Deep Purple happened to see them auditioning for Columbia in January 1972 and offered to produce an album for them.

In April 1972 the band went with those two Deep Purple members to record an album at Studio One in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The studio sessions yielded band's first LP and it was called simply Elf. After the release of it, the band played as the support band for Deep Purple on at least two US tours; August - September and November - December 1972. However, those dates aren't necessarily fully correct, Elf may've toured with Deep Purple at other dates, too.

Elf
Early 1973-Dec 1974
Carolina County Ball
1974
Steve Edwards : guitars
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Gary Driscoll : drums
Craig Gruber : bass
Mickey Lee Soule : piano, mellotron, clavinet & organ

After losing Feinstein in early 1973, the band got a new guitarist, as well as a new bassist. Ronnie James Dio had decided to quit playing bass and concentrated only on singing. Besides playing keyboards, Mickey Lee Soule also began singing with Ronnie.

In the summer of 1973, Elf signed a new record contract with MGM Records in USA and with Purple Records in the UK. In early 1974 the band travelled to UK to record their second album at The Manor Studios. It was produced by Roger Glover and was called Carolina County Ball. However, the USA release was under different name, L.A. / 59, and had totally different sleeve. The reasons behind the name change are not known.

After release of Carolina County Ball, Elf toured supporting Deep Purple on their UK tour in April-May 1974. At the same time Ronnie James Dio and Mickey Lee Soule participated also Roger Glover's solo project called Butterfly Ball And The Grasshopper's Feast. Ronnie sung three songs on that album.

In the summer of 1974 Elf travelled to USA to support Deep Purple on their US tour. At least some of the shows featured also Aerosmith - this happened at least in August 1974 at Dillon Stadium in Connecticut, USA.

Elf also went to studio with Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple to record a single called Black Sheep Of The Family. Besides Elf, there were other musicians, for example keyboardist Matthew Fisher from Procol Harum as well. The song was supposedly originally written by a band called Quartermass.

After some time Blackmore contacted Ronnie James Dio and asked if he would be interested in doing another track together with him. Ronnie wrote a song in the same night and went to record it with him. The song was called Sixteenth Century Greensleeves. It was meant to be released as a B side for the Black Sheep Of The Family, but for some reason the single was never released - the version of Black Sheep Of The Family on the first Rainbow album should differ from the original version at least to some extent. Existence of an acetate of the original recording has been rumored, but at least this far no-onehas come up with one.

Right after the recording of Sixteenth Century Greensleeves Blackmore asked Ronnie whether he and rest of the Elf would be interested in putting a band together with him. Elf was supposedly already recording Trying To Burn The Sun at this time, and they decided to form Rainbow right after the album was recorded.

Roger Glover & Guests:
The Butterfly Ball
1974
Sitting In A Dream:
Love Is All:
Homeward:
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Roger Glover : synthesizer piano, guitar, bass, percussion, backing vocals
Eddie Hardin : piano, organ, synthesizer, backing vocals
Les Binks : drums
Mike Giles : drums
Ray Fenwick : guitar
Mo Foster : bass, finger pops
Mike Moran : piano
Ann Odell : piano
Nigel Watson : saw
Eddie Jobson : violin
Jack Emblow : accordion
Chris Karan : tabla
Robin Thompson : bassoon
Liza Strike : backing vocals
Helen Chappelle : backing vocals
Barry St. John : backing vocals
Jugi Kuhl : backing vocals
Kay Garner : backing vocals
Joanne Williams : backing vocals

Elf
Dec 1974-Feb 1975
Trying To Burn The Sun
1975
Steve Edwards guitars
Craig Gruber bass
Gary Driscoll drums
Mark Nauseef Percussion
Mickey Lee Soule : piano, mellotron, clavinet & organ

After Elf recorded Black Sheep In The Family with Ritchie Blackmore, they returned back to UK in early 1975 with one new man, Mark Nauseef, who had joined the band in December. Elf went to record their third album at Kingsway studios, again with Roger Glover as producer.

After recording the album, Elf splitted up immediately, even before the album was actually released. Mark Nauseef left on his own and guitarist Steve Edwards was fired, since the band formed Rainbow with ex-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Blackmore had followed the recording process of the third Elf album but he didn't play on it, despite some rumors at that time.

This third album, Trying To Burn The Sun, was not released in the UK because the band wanted to avoid a clash with the first Rainbow album which was released shortly after the release of Trying To Burn The Sun in the USA. There are some rumors around about a live album, simply titled as "Elf Live", that should've been released in 1976, but those rumors have not been confirmed as no-one seems to have a copy of it.

Trying To Burn was the first album where Ronnie James Dio used his second name. He started to use it when Blackmore once asked him 'What's your second name? Why don't you use it as a part of your name?'

Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
1975
Ritchie Blackmore : guitars
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Gary Driscoll : drums
Craig Gruber : bass
Mickey Lee Soule : piano, mellotron, clavinet & organ

Right after the split-up of Elf, four members of Elf and ex-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed band called Rainbow. The name supposedly came from the Rainbow bar located in Los Angeles, where Elf and Ritchie Blackmore used to spend their free time.

This band is also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, as it appears under that name on their first album, but that name was used only to get people to notice the band. Generally, everyone except Blackmore himself felt bad about the name, so on the later albums the band was called simply Rainbow. The band moved from the East Coast of USA to California, USA.

The band went to the Musicland Studios, in Munich, Germany on February 20th and finished the album recording on March 14th. The album was produced by Ritchie Blackmore, Martin Birch and Ronnie James Dio. The album didn't have any special name, it was just called Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.

Rainbow
July 1975-Aug 1975
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Ritchie Blackmore guitars
Gary Driscoll drums
Mickey Lee Soule piano, mellotron, clavinet, organ

After Gruber was fired, it took about a month to find a new bassist for the band. The departure of the original bassist started the original Rainbow's line-up fall-apart.

Rainbow
Aug 1975-Oct 1975
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Ritchie Blackmore guitars
Jimmy Bain bass
Gary Driscoll drums
Mickey Lee Soule piano, mellotron, clavinet, organ

Ritchie Blackmore fired the rest of the Elf remains except Ronnie James Dio in September 1975, because they didn't fulfill hisrequirements. Blackmore had seen the drummer Cozy Powell on stage at the last Jeff Beck Group concert in 1972 and remembered him at the time he wanted to change Rainbow's drummer. After getting him in the band, the band kept on searching for a new keyboardist.

Rainbow
Rising
1976
Line-Up
Ritchie Blackmore : guitars
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Cozy Powell : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Tony Carey : keyboards

Rainbow
Oct 1975-Jan 1977
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Ritchie Blackmore guitars
Jimmy Bain bass
Cozy Powell drums
Tony Carey keyboards

After several changes in the band during a relatively short time, the band started touring in November 1975. On this tour the band had only a couple of dates in North America and then went to record a new album. There is some confusion about the first Rainbow show - some claim it was in Heampsted, NY, USA, others claim it was in Montreal, Canada. The Canada date seems to be the correct one. Supposedly band called Argent was supporting them.

The band stayed the same for quite a long time, especially when it is compared to Rainbow's first couple months. They toured in USA, Europe, Japan and Australia. Their stage show featured a huge computer operated rainbow, which supposedly caused lots of problems as it couldn't fit in many concert halls and it broke up every now and then. On their Canadian tour in 1976 Max Webster's band warmed them up, other warming up artists are not known.

One track Rainbow had already on their second album, appeared almost twenty years later in 1995 in a movie called SFW, although the movie's soundtrack doesn't feature it. About 30 seconds of it gets played in the movie itself, and it appeared also on commercials and trailers of the movie.

Rainbow
Jan 1977-July 1977
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Ritchie Blackmore guitars
Matt Clark bass
Cozy Powell drums
Tony Carey keyboards

The band went into the Le Chateau Studio in Paris in May 1977, but couldn't finish the forthcoming album. Firings of those two members, Tony Carey and Matt Clark, caused the recordings to be postponed in to the future.

Rainbow
Aug 1977-Nov 1978
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Ritchie Blackmore guitars
Bob Daisley bass
Roger Glover bass
Cozy Powell drums
David Stone keyboards

After finding a new keyboardist, Rainbow finished their forthcoming album and did a tour in Japan before releasing it. After touring, Ritchie Blackmore moved the band from California back to East Coast, more exactly to New York. The band started to write the forthcoming album, already titled as Down To Earth. At this time, Bob Daisley had left the band and got replaced by Roger Glover - the exact dates are unknown.

Ronnie James Dio was asked to leave wizards and witches and medieval times in general out of the album and write more love songs. In the evening of the day Glover joined the band, in November 1978, Ritchie Blackmore decided to fire everyone except Cozy Powell from the band. The reasons behind this are not known for sure, as quite many different stories exist. Ronnie James Dio continued to Black Sabbath, although he considered solo career before joining them.

The most common story tells that Ritchie wanted to change Rainbow's musical direction to more commercial than what it used to be and as the other band members, especially Dio, did not want to do that, he splitted up the band. The reason why Blackmore wanted to commercialize Rainbow was the USA; Rainbow did well, but not extremely well in States and he wanted to change it.

Other stories tell about monetary problems, some ex Rainbow members claim that Blackmore didn't give them their money, or gave too small proportion of the money.

Rainbow
Live In Germany
1976
Line-Up
Ronnie James Dio : vocals, keyboards
Cozy Powell : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Ritchie Blackmore : guitars
Tony Carey : keyboards

Rainbow
On Stage
1977
Ritchie Blackmore : guitars
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Cozy Powell : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Tony Carey : keyboards

Rainbow
Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
1978
Ritchie Blackmore : guitars & bass
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Cozy Powell : drums
Bob Daisley : bass
David Stone : keyboards

Black Sabbath
May 1979-Aug 1980
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Tony Iommi guitars
Geezer Butler bass
Bill Ward drums
Geoff Nicholls keyboards

Between Rainbow and Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio considered to put his own band together, but before he could get a record deal or even a band together, he got a call from Tony Iommi asking Dio to put a band together with him, as he was very unhappy with Black Sabbath's then-singer Ozzy Osbourne. Dio supposedly talked a few times with Iommi about the band and after they finally decided to put a band together, he didn't heard anything from Iommi any more. At that point Dio decided to move from New York to Los Angeles, as he disliked New York very much.

In Los Angeles Dio was contacted by Tony Iommi again when Iommi invited Dio to replace Ozzy Osbourne. Dio got invited to Iommi's home in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. During the night he spent there, he wrote Children Of The Sea with Black Sabbath and got the singer spot in the band right away. The band went to Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Florida, as well as to Studio Ferber in Paris, France with producer Martin Birch, to record Heaven And Hell.

It is rumored that when the band started writing material for Heaven And Hell album, the bassist would've been Craig Gruber, previously from Elf and Rainbow, but this has not been confirmed. Gruber himself claims that he has played bass on all of the tracks on Heaven And Hell, and written most of those songs. The band would've been called Sabbath at this point, but when Geezer Butler rejoined the band, its name changed back to Black Sabbath. This has only been rumored, no official words about this has been said.

Recording of Heaven And Hell became rather difficult, as Black Sabbath's management wanted Black Sabbath to continue their final ten year tour to go ahead. Tony Iommi refused to do it and management therefore stopped to help Black Sabbath's recording process.

Heaven And Hell was received really well by both critics and the fans, as it sold really well. Black Sabbath was even invited to play at the Top Of The Pops show on British TV'. The band didn't play on it though, but they used video of two Black Sabbath songs (Neon Knights and Die Young) filmed at The Roxy, Harlesdon (probably in the UK). Some sources suggest that these videos would've been filmed in London, but it has not been confirmed.

Around June, 1980, when the band were looking for Heaven And Hell at some magazine's charts, they suddenly noticed a Black Sabbath album called "Live At Last" in the charts too. The band was not told about it previously - Black Sabbath had given the rights for the material several years before.

Black Sabbath
Aug 1980-Oct 1982
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Tony Iommi guitars
Geezer Butler bass
Vinny Appice drums
Geoff Nicholls keyboards

After Black Sabbath had lost their drummer, Bill Ward, they started to audition a number of drummers and found all of them unsuitable. Supposedly someone gave a demo tape with Vinny Appice to Tony Iommi who listened the tape and called to Ronnie James Dio immediately and recommended Vinny Appice to him. Appice was auditioned and invited to join the band.
Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult decided to do a tour together in the USA in the fall of 1980. Both of the bands played as the main band of the shows, Black Sabbath on every second night and Blue Oyster Cult on every other night. At least some of the shows included other bands too. The tour was called as 'Black & Blue' US tour.

On October 9th, 1980 at Mecca Arena in Milwaukee the Black & Blue show produced a riot. The riot started when Black Sabbath ended their show in the middle when someone threw a beer bottle in Geezer Butler's face. Eight policemen, several fans and Geezer Butler were injured and 160 people were arrested in the riot, which required police forces from all over the city before it was under control. The Mecca Arena was destroyed rather badly.

When the Heaven And Hell tour was finished, Black Sabbath went to record a new album called Mob Rules to Record Plant studios in Los Angeles, USA, with producer Martin Birch again.

In 1982 Dio left Black Sabbath with the drummer Vinny Appice. After the split there was a huge amount of press releases and interviews from Black Sabbath where both Geezer and Tony Iommi accused Ronnie and Vinny for sneaking into the studios during nights to mix bass and especially guitar volume lower and to mix up vocals and drums on the Live Evil album. Later, rather quietly, Tony Iommi said that he was wrong with his accusations. Live Evil was produced by Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.

Ronnie and Vinny didn't like those accusations and decided to leave together and form Dio (the band). This happened in October 1982. There were other reasons behind the split too, like the way how Tony and Geezer left the concert venues right after the show without meeting the fans backstage etc. Tony and Geezer mixed the rest of the Live Evil album themselves.
The reason for Iommi's beliefs was the fact that he and Geezer couldn't ever appear at the studios at the same time with Ronnie and Vinny. So either of those parties didn't know too well what the others were doing.
Black Sabbath

Heaven And Hell
1980
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Bill Ward : drums
Geezer Butler : bass
Tony Iommi : guitars

Black Sabbath
Early 1991-Nov-1991
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Tony Iommi guitars
Geezer Butler bass
Cozy Powell drums
Geoff Nicholls keyboards

After Ronnie James Dio rejoined Black Sabbath, he set up a temporary residence just outside Birmingham, UK, as the band started to write the forthcoming album. It was titled as Heaven And Hell II in the beginning but the name was only a working title. At this point the band said in various interviews that this is meant to be only one- album-one-tour reunion and Ronnie James Dio would return to Dio after that.

After Powell met the accident with his horse, the band started to look for a new drummer. Dio wanted to bring Simon Wright to Black Sabbath, but the rest of the band considered Wright's style too Ac/Dcish. The band also considered getting a new keyboardist, as they asked Jens Johansson to play the keyboards - they even flew him to Los Angeles for audition - but Johansson said no, because he'd have had to play off-stage at concerts.

Black Sabbath
Nov 1991-Nov 13, 1992
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Tony Iommi guitars
Geezer Butler bass
Vinny Appice drums
Geoff Nicholls keyboards

After Vinny Appice joined the band, Black Sabbath went to record Dehumanizer album to Wales, to Rockfield Studios with producer Rheingold "Mack" Mack. The album was released on June 23rd, 1992. Before this, Black Sabbath had recorded one track, Time Machine, for a movie called Wayne's World. Time Machine was recorded at Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey, UK with producer Max Norman. Dehumanizer has sold world-wide about 500 000 - 600 000 copies before summer of 1995.

Originally, before the Dehumanizer album was released, the reunited Black Sabbath was meant to be one-album-one-tour thing and nothing more. But around the release of Dehumanizer album, Black Sabbath members started to consider whether they would continue together - the word said that time that if Dehumanizer does well, Dio will continue in Sabbath. No official word was said about this, though.

However, quite soon after the Dehumanizer tour had started, it came apparent that there still were some problems. Ronnie and Vinny always were in the other end of the tour bus than Tony and Geezer. Those two parties didn't spend too much time together at all, and Tony and Geezer still disappeared right after the shows - sometimes only to the tour bus behind the venue, just to wait until Ronnie and Vinny would come. Ronnie and Vinny usually spent a couple of hours backstage with their fans.
When Ozzy invited Black Sabbath to open his "last" two shows, Ronnie decided that he will not do those shows. He didn't want to open to anyone, let alone Ozzy Osbourne, one of the original Black Sabbath members. He announced to Black Sabbath that they're free to do anything they want, but he will quit from Black Sabbath just before those two shows in Costa Mesa. Incidentally, the original contract Ronnie had made with Black Sabbath, was valid until November 13th, 1992 and those two Costa Mesa shows were scheduled to November 14th and 15th.

Those Costa Mesa shows were only the final nail for Ronnie's quitting from Black Sabbath. According to Ronnie himself, the fact that the band athmosphere hadn't changed in the 10 years was much more important reason for his quitting.

Black Sabbath
Mob Rules
1981
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Geezer Butler : bass
Tony Iommi : guitars

Black Sabbath
Live Evil
1983
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Geezer Butler : bass
Tony Iommi : guitars

DIO
Oct 1982-May 1983
Ronnie James Dio vocals, keyboards
Vivian Campbell guitars
Jimmy Bain bass, keyboards
Vinny Appice drums

Right after Dio and Appice had quit Black Sabbath, they formed their own band, titled Dio already from the beginning. Despite the name, the band was not meant to be Ronnie James Dio's solo project, but a whole band.

They travelled together to England to search guitarist and bassist for the band. After three days of wandering around the clubs, Dio remembered Jimmy Bain from his Rainbow days, got in touch with him and asked him to join Dio. Bain agreed to join and the band kept on searching a guitar player. Dio wanted a British guitarist and Bain recommended two to Dio; namely John Sykes, ex Tygers Of Pan Tang and Vivian Campbell. Dio listened some tracks recorded by those guitarists and became interested in Campbell. They arranged a rehearsal room at a place called John Henry's and recorded Holy Diver and Don't Talk To Strangers with Campbell. Dio and Appice took the tape, listened it through, and invited Vivian Campbell the next day to the band.

The band started to work on their debut album. Before starting to work on the album, Ronnie James Dio supposedly spent a week in a small town called Plint in Cornwall, UK, and visited several times an old castle there inspirating himself to the athmosphere which Holy Diver eventually had.

The album was recorded at the Sound City studios in Los Angeles. Before touring for the album, the band wanted to get a keyboard player and started to search for one - on the album keyboards were played by both Ronnie James Dio and Jimmy Bain.

Of the songs on the Holy Diver, apparently the song Don't Talk To Strangers was originally made by Sweet Savage with a different name and different lyrics. The album was named as Holy Diver, and it sold platinum in the USA.

DIO
Holy Diver
1983
Ronnie James Dio : vocals, keyboards
Vinny Appice : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass, keyboards
Vivian Campbell : guitars

DIO
May 1983-March 1986
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Vivian Campbell guitars
Jimmy Bain bass
Vinny Appice drums
Claude Schnell keyboards

Dio originally hired their keyboardist only for the Holy Diver tour, but in the end he stayed as a permanent member in the band. He played off-stage on both Holy Diver and The Last In Line tours, but was let to appear on stage on Sacred Heart tour.
After the Holy Diver tour was completed, Dio returned back to studios to record a new album. It was titled as The Last In Line and after its release in July 1984, it has sold platinum in the USA.

Dio's tours always featured big stage shows. On Holy Diver tour they had mountains from Holy Diver album cover on stage, as well as a tunnel in the middle. On The Last In Line tour they had Egyptian theme on the stage, as well as had pyrotechnics. Sacred Heart tour featured a huge castle and a 18-foot tall fire-breathing dragon called Denzil - he was first called Dean - as well as two 8-foot tall armored knights battling with laser swords. This stage set was one of the biggest tour stage sets ever, apparently only Pink Floyd had had a bigger stage set on their tour. The stage show costed supposedly US$250 000 to build and transfer around.

In March 1986, two months after completing the North American leg of the Sacred Heart tour and one month before the European leg started, Vivian Campbell left the band. He was fired because of the musical disagreements. In various interviews, various Dio members have also said Campbell assumed that Dio's popularity was only because of him, but this has not been confirmed.

Dio was invited to play again at the Top Of The Pops show in British TV - the previous time was with Black Sabbath in 1980 - because Rock 'N' Roll Children song did so well. However, Dio refused to play there because they didn't consider themselves as a Top Of The Pops type band.

DIO
The Last In Line
1984
Ronnie James Dio : vocals, keyboards
Vinny Appice : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Vivian Campbell : guitars
Claude Schnell : keyboards

DIO
Special From The Spectrum
The Last In Line Video
1984
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Vivian Campbell : guitars
Claude Schnell : keyboards

DIO
Sacred Heart
1985
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Vivian Campbell : guitars
Claude Schnell : keyboards

DIO
Intermission
1986
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Vivian Campbell : guitars
Claude Schnell : keyboards

Rainbow
Finyl Vinyl
1986
Ronnie James Dio : vocals, keyboards
Cozy Powell : drums
Bob Daisley : bass
Ritchie Blackmore : guitars
David Stone : keyboards
BEST OF RAINBOW
Ritchie Blackmore : guitars
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Gary Driscoll : drums
Cozy Powell : drums
Craig Gruber : bass
Jimmy Bain : bass
Bob Daisley : bass
Tony Carey : keyboards
David Stone : keyboards
Mickey Lee Soule : piano, mellotron, clavinet & organ

DIO
March 1986-1988
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Craig Goldie guitars
Jimmy Bain bass
Vinny Appice drums
Claude Schnell keyboards

Shortly after Vivian Campbell left the band, new guitarist was chosen. The band started the Sacred Heart European tour soon after that.

Dio wanted to release a double live album from the Sacred Heart tour but it was rejected by the record company, which thought that the double album wouldn't sell well enough. Eventually Dio managed to get permission to do a live minialbum with one new studio track on it. Ronnie James Dio was so disappointed with it that he wanted it to be called Intermission.
Ronnie James Dio started to work on Dream Evil album with Craig Goldie in December 1986. The whole band started training in January 1987 and went to record the album in Village Recorder studios in Los Angeles around March 1987. The album was finished in May 1987.

with an accident before the very first concert. When the roadies were unloading the band stuff from the aeroplane at Helsinki Airport before Dio show in Hameenlinna, Finland, they dropped a US$100 000 synthesizer to the ground and broke it. The band played a secret rehearsal concert at the House of Culture in Helsinki a day before the actual concert - apparently there was no audience in the show.

The Dream Evil tour's first European leg met other accidents too, for example when the band was on their way to Nurnberg Monsters Of Rock show, their truck broke on the highway in Germany. After the driver had left it to get help, 7 cars smashed into it and caused considerable damage to the instruments and backline - they had to borrow even drum sticks from Helloween to play the Nurnberg show.

Dio's Dream Evil tour's second European leg (first leg consisted only of outdoor shows) as well as the US tour featured even bigger stage show than Sacred Heart, which had won "Show Of The Year" rewards both in 1985 and 1986. This time there were big stainless steel spider, knights and big pyrotechnics on stage. Some shows might also have featured a firebreathing dragon. Between the two European tours Dio apparently played in China with Yngwie Malmsteen, George Duke and James Brown with a couple of Russian bands, on a project called Shanghai-Aid. The goal of the project was to raise funds for victims of nature phenomenons.

DIO
1988-June 18, 1989
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Rowan Robertson guitars
Jimmy Bain bass
Vinny Appice drums
Claude Schnell keyboards

Dio searched for a new guitarist for a long time and received approximately 5000 demo tapes. After listening through them they auditioned about 20 people - 10 from Los Angeles - and Rowan Robertson was considered clearly best one of those. However, Dio was uncertain about Robertson because of his age. In the end they decided to take him though.
As both Bain and Schnell quit the band, Dio started to search for a new bassist and keyboardist.

DIO
Aug 1989-Dec 1989
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Rowan Robertson guitars
Teddy Cook bass
Vinny Appice drums
Jens Johansson keyboards

Jens Johansson and Teddy Cook replaced old Dio members in August-September, 1989 and Dio continued working on the new material and prepared for the studios. On December 28th, Vinny Appice left the band and Dio started to look for a new drummer.

DIO
Dream Evil
1987
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Craig Goldy : guitars
Claude Schnell : keyboards

Jan 1990-Early 1991
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Rowan Robertson guitars
Teddy Cook bass
Simon Wright drums
Jens Johansson keyboards

Around January 20th, 1990, the band went to record the forthcoming album to Granny's House studios in Reno, Nevada, USA with producer Tony Platt (previously worked for example with Ac/Dc). After recordings the album was mixed at Battery Studios in London, UK.

The album was originally scheduled to be released in mid May, 1990, but it's release date was changed to about week earlier, i.e. to May 7th. According to various interviews in metal magazines in the spring of 1990, the band recorded 12 songs for the album, but one of them was eventually not included on it. The remaining one was called Hell Wouldn't Take Her. They also had a song called There's A River Between Us, but it was dropped already in rehearsals.

They released also guitar transcriptions with notes and tablature for the Lock Up The Wolves album (Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, HL00660175, USA, 1990).

After releasing the Lock Up The Wolves album, Dio started their European tour as the warming up act for Metallica. There were two other bands, Bonham and Warrior Soul, playing at least at some of the dates, too. Dio warmed up Metallica in Central Europe and had their own tour in UK after that with Trouble as the warming-up band for them. This tour featured a small stage set, just something from the album sleeve (the bones) as well as some pyrotechnics.

On the US tour, called Throw 'em To The Wolves Tour 1990, they had much bigger pyrotechnics, as well as bit different kind of stage set too. Pyrotechnics caused some problems with safety, and on August 5th, 1990 in Providence pyros in Jens Johansson's keyboards blew on Johansson's face knocking him out for a while.

One show on Lock Up The Wolves tour became more important than the others, if the future of Dio is considered. In Minneapolis on August 28th, 1990, Geezer Butler joined Dio on stage and played Neon Knights with them.

Geezer Butler had heard that Dio will play in Minneapolis and called Wendy Dio to ask whether he could come to see the show. Ronnie James Dio told Butler that if he was going to come to the show, he must play a song on stage with Dio. So, he decided to come, but when he travelled by plane to Minneapolis, his bass got lost and he had to borrow a bass from Dio.
After the show he and Ronnie went to drink a few beers together and they both noticed that they consider Black Sabbath ended too soon in 1982. Geezer Butler had joined Black Sabbath just a little time before and they decided to call Tony Iommi and ask whether he would be interested in the reunion. Iommi was interested in the idea right away and Ronnie James Dio decided to try it with Black Sabbath once more.

In late 1990 some metal magazines stated that although there are some Black Sabbath reunion plans, Ronnie James Dio is nevertheless currently writing material with Rowan Robertson and Jens Johansson for the next Dio album, which would be due to go into production in January or February 1991, with a tentative release date in May 1991.

DIO
Lock Up The Wolves
1990
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Rowan Robertson : guitars
Jens Johannson : keyboards
Simon Wright : drums
Teddy Cook : bass

DIO
Diamonds - The Best Of Dio
1992
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Simon Wright : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass, keyboards
Teddy Cook : bass
Vivian Campbell : guitars
Craig Goldy : guitars
Rowan Robertson : guitars
Claude Schnell : keyboards
Jens Johannson :  keyboards

In early 1991, Dio the band was put "in ice" as the Black Sabbath reunion was announced. According to various metal magazines, the band was supposed to continue after Black Sabbath reunion had ended - at this time the Black Sabbath reunion was mentioned to last only for one album and world tour after that. Dio members went to separate directions to work on their own projects as Ronnie James Dio left to Sabbath.

Black Sabbath
Dehumanizer
1992
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Geezer Butler : bass
Tony Iommi : guitars
Geoff Nicholls : keyboards

Nov 1992-march 1993
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Jimmy Bain bass
Vinny Appice drums

Right after Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice had left Black Sabbath, they reformed Dio and invited Jimmy Bain to the band. They placed an ad at least to Los Angeles Times where they announced that Dio is looking for a new guitarist.
However, in March 1993, Jimmy Bain was fired from the band by Ronnie James Dio and the band started to look for a new bassist.

March 1993-Summer 1993
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Jeff Pilson bass
Vinny Appice drums

After firing Jimmy Bain, Dio started to look for a new bassist. He called to his friend, Jeff Pilson, to ask whether he knew any bass players who might be interested in joining Dio. Pilson said that he knew only one, namely Jeff Pilson. However, as Pilson was supposed to re-unite Dokken again, Dio was uncertain whether he should take him or not. When Pilson assured Ronnie James Dio that he will not leave Dio for Dokken after the album recordings, Pilson joined the band.
Dio continued the search for a new guitarist.

Summer 1993-Nov 1993
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Jeff Pilson bass
Tracy G guitars
Vinny Appice drums

After Tracy G joined the band, Dio went to the Rumbo Studios in Los Angeles with producer Mike Fraser, known from Coverdale/Page etc, to record Strange Highways. The album was released in different times in Europe, Japan and Northern America. The reason for this was Dio's tour plans - he originally planned to tour in Europe right after the album was released there, then in April 1994 to South America, after that to Japan and finally in North America.

The European tour went as planned, but as there was a big earthquake in Los Angeles on January 17th, 1994 at 4.30am, they had to cancel the Japan tour (no dates were scheduled yet) and postpone the North American tour. No-one from Dio was hurt in the earthquake, but Appice's and Tracy G's houses got destroyed rather badly - Ronnie James Dio's house got only little damage.

Dio originally planned Evilution to be released as a normal single and video, but in the end they released only a promo CD single of it to US radio. It is unknown why the plans of other formats didn't became reality - the video was even shot at the Hammersmith Apollo, London on December 12th, 1993. There are some rumors claiming that the Evilution video would've been shown once on US TV, but those rumors haven't yet been confirmed.

DIO
Strange Highways
1994
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Jeff Pilson : bass
Tracy Grijalva : guitars
Scott Warren :  keyboards

Nov 1993-Late 1994
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Jeff Pilson bass
Tracy G guitars
Vinny Appice drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Before starting Strange Highways tour, Dio wanted to get a keyboardist to play keyboards on the tour. Wendy Dio, Dio's manager, called Jens Johansson and asked whether he would be interested, but Johansson had to say no, because he'd have had to play off-stage. In the end Dio chose Scott Warren of Warrant to play the keyboards. The band toured in Europe and North America until November 1994. During the US tour Vinny Appice did some drum clinic shows - or at least one, on September 17th, 1994 in New Britain, USA, before the Dio concert in the evening at The Sting in the same city.

From early Summer 1994 until early Autumn 1994 there were rumors about a project called Vienna, which would've featured Ronnie James Dio, Steve Vai and Cozy Powell. The project was supposed to have an album out called "The Master". Those rumors were not confirmed and nothing about the project has been mentioned ever since. Ozzy Osbourne was working with Cozy Powell at the time and press may've confused that project with Ronnie James Dio.

Rainbow
The Family Album
1994
Wonderworld:
Kill The King:
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves:
Don't Talk To Strangers:
Ritchie Blackmore : guitars
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Gary Driscoll : drums
Cozy Powell : drums
Craig Gruber : bass
Jimmy Bain : bass
Tony Carey : keyboards
David Stone : keyboards
Mickey Lee Soule : piano, mellotron, clavinet & organ

After the US tour ended on November 2nd, 1994, Jeff Pilson re-joined Dokken. He was supposed to return to Dio, but eventually he continued in Dokken and Dio started to look for a new bassist. Jeff offered to help Dio in studios for the next album, though.

In February 1995 there were some rumors about Dio looking for a new guitarist, too, but they proved to be unfounded as Tracy G is still in the band. In late May Dio left from Reprise record company and started to look for a new record deal. At least BMG has been interested in them, as well as some new record company owned by some Dio fan.

In the summer of 1995 Dio started to work on a new album, which is stated to be released in December 1995 or January 1996. Some tour plans have also been published, and according to them the band will start touring in October in South America, then return to finish the album and after that continue touring. Some plans have been mentioned about a possible show in Frankfurt, Germany on September 9th, 1995, but it hasn't yet been confirmed.

In early August there were rumors about Vinny Appice helping Black Sabbath to finish their US tour after Cozy Powell left them on August 3rd, 1995. The rumors started when Black Sabbath's singer Tony Martin had stated that Vinny Appice was listening Black Sabbath's concert at Pacific Amphitheatre, Los Angeles on August 3rd, 1995. He told about Powell's leaving at the same show, and some people interpret it that Vinny Appice will play drums until the end of the Black Sabbath's US tour. This was incorrect, however.

Aug 1995-May 1996
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Jerry Best bass
Tracy G guitars
Vinny Appice drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Dio officially confirmed Jerry Best as their new bass player in mid August 1995. With the new member in the band they continue working with the forthcoming album. The band did also a five-day South American tour in late 1995.

May 1996-Nov 1996
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Jeff Pilson bass
Tracy G guitars
Vinny Appice drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Jeff Pilson returned back to the band for the album recordings. The band recorded the album at Total Access studios in Redondo Beach, CA, USA. After having other producers on the previous two Dio albums, Ronnie James Dio produced the 1996 album, titled as Angry Machines. Angry Machines was first estimated to be released in April, but eventually the release date was postponed to September 23rd in Europe and Japan. US release was scheduled to October 15th.

In early summer Dio fan club sent a newsletter announcing track listing for the Angry Machines album. The listing had a track "God Hates Heavy Metal" but the actual European and US releases didn't include it. However, there was one previously not mentioned track on the album, namely "Hunter Of The Heart". "God Hates Heavy Metal" appeared on the Japanese release as a bonus track.

Dio announced their new European record company in August - CBH Records and Steamhammer, a divison of SPV GmbH. US record company was announced a little bit later on in August, it is Futurist. Futurist exists on the Internet, too, at address http://www.earthlink.net/~flg/

In early September rumors about co-headlining Dio and Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow tours, with Great White or Pist-On as warming-up act emerged. Those rumors floated around and were finally confirmed by Dio's US record company and several other reputable sources. However, in late September, the co-headlining tour plans were dropped because of Ritchie Blackmore wanting to go studios to record an album with his partner Candice.

In mid September Ronnie James Dio did a promotion tour of his album in Europe. He appeared at least in Stockholm, Sweden on September 16th.

Dio was planned to appear at Foundations Forum/FMusicfest in Los Angeles, USA in early October. However, some magazines announced that Ronnie had some minor oral surgery and was unable to do the show. In October Dio planned to start their European tour on January 15th, possibly with Motörhead and some shows with Manowar. Eventually the European tour became two tours, one in December in Germany and Austria with Motorhead, and another in February-March, covering many different European countries.

DIO
Angry Machines
1996
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Jeff Pilson : bass
Tracy Grijalva : guitars
Scott Warren :  keyboards

Pat Boone
In A Metal Mood
1997
Holy Diver:
Pat Boone : vocals
Ronnie James Dio : background vocals
Clydene Jackson Edwards : background vocals
Mona Lisa Young : background vocals
Myrna Matthews : background vocals
Maxie Anderson : background vocals
Alfie Silas : background vocals
Yvonne Williams : background vocals
Carmen Twillie : background vocals
Greg Bissonette : drums
Mitch Holder : electric guitar
Frank Szabo : trumpets
Wayne Bergeron : trumpets
Steve Madaio : trumpets
Charlie Davis : trumpets
Pete Jolly : acoustic piano
Andy Simpkins : acoustic bass
Dick "Slide" Hyde : trombones
Lew McCreary : trombones
Alan Kaplan : trombones
Dana Hughes : trombones
Tom Scott : woodwinds
Don Menza : woodwinds
Pete Christlieb : woodwinds
Plaz Johnson : woodwinds
Joel Peskin : woodwinds
Bruce Dukov : violin
Michelle Richards : violin
Even Wilson : viola
Larry Corbett : cello

DIO
Inferno - The Last In Live
1998
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Vinny Appice : drums
Larry Dennison : bass
Tracy Grijalva : guitars
Scott Warren :  keyboards

Nov 1996-Feb 5, 1997
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Larry Dennison bass
Tracy G guitars
Vinny Appice drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Because Jeff Pilson was unable to tour with Dio because of his Dokken project, Dio hired a new bassist, Larry "Bones" Dennison, for the Angry Machines tour.

Feb 10-Feb 16 1997
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Larry Dennison bass
Tracy G guitars
James Kottak drums
Scott Warren keyboards

After the first European tour, Dio's drummer Vinny Appice got pneumonia and was hospitalized for a little while. Because of this, the early part of the second US leg of the Angry Machines tour had to be cancelled and then rescheduled. Vinny was still recovering from the pneumonia when the rescheduled tour was about to start, and he was replaced by James Kottak for seven concerts - for the second US leg except one show.

Feb 20 1997-Nov 1997
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Larry Dennison bass
Tracy G guitars
Vinny Appice drums
Scott Warren keyboards
Vinny recovered from his pneumonia by the start of the European tour and returned behind his drum kit. The band toured in Europe for a month before returning to tour in the USA.

Nov 15, 1997- Nov 22, 1997
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Jeff Pilson bass
Tracy G guitars
Vinny Appice drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Jeff Pilson replaced Larry Dennison for the South American leg of Angry Machines tour.

May 19, 1998-May 22, 1998
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Larry Dennison bass
Tracy G guitars
Vinny Appice drums
Scott Warren keyboards

After the release of Inferno - The Last In Live double live album, Larry Dennison returned back to the band.

May 23, 1998- Oct 22, 1998
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Larry Dennison bass
Tracy G guitars
Simon Wright drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Simon Wright replaced Vinny Appice in the band, as Vinny left for Black Sabbath.

Oct 23, 1998-Nov 11, 1998
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Bob Daisley bass
Tracy G guitars
Simon Wright drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Bob Daisley joined Dio for the Scandinavian leg of the Inferno tour, as Larry had to leave back home early from the tour.

March 4-5, 1999
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Larry Dennison bass
Tracy G guitars
Simon Wright drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Larry returned back in the band for the 1999 Russian shows.

Tribute Album
Tribute To Aerosmith
1999
Dream On:
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Yngwie Malmsteen : guitars
Paul Taylor : keyboards
Gregg Bissonette : drums
Stu Hamm : bass

Deep Purple
In Concert With London Symphony
2000
Smoke On The Water:
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Ian Gillan : vocals
Jon Lord: 
Ian Paice : drums
Roger Glover : bass
Steve Morse : guitars
The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann

June 1999
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Larry Dennison bass
Craig Goldie guitars
Simon Wright drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Craig Goldie returned back to the band after leaving the band in 1988.

Sept 1999-Jan 2002
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Jimmy Bain bass
Chuck Garric bass
Craig Goldie guitars
Simon Wright drums
Scott Warren keyboards

Jimmy Bain returned back in the band in September 1999 but was not able to join the band on the tours outside the USA, so Chuck Garric helped the tours from November 9th, 1999 to November 30th, 1999 and in the year 2000 from May 3rd to June 26th. After that Jimmy was able to do the non-US tours as well.

DIO
Magica
2000
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Simon Wright : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Craig Goldie : guitars
Scott Warren :  keyboards

While recording the forthcoming Dio album, guitarist Craig Goldie and Dio parted ways and new guitarist, Doug Aldrich, stepped in.

DIO
Killing The Dragon
2002
Ronnie James Dio : vocals
Simon Wright : drums
Jimmy Bain : bass
Doug Aldrich : guitars
Scott Warren :  keyboards

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Side Projects and Guest Appearances

Pat Boone - In A Metal Mood - No More Mr. Nice Guy - Holy Diver
Munetaka Higuchi With Dream Castle: Free World - What Cost War
Heaven: Where Angels Fear To Tread:
Ronnie James Dio sings backing vocals on Where Angels Fear To Tread, the album sleeve lists him as "Evil Eyes".
Dog Eat Dog
Alice Cooper Tribute
Aerosmith Tribute
Dave Coverdale Northwinds - Give Me Kindness w/Ronnie James Dio and Wendy Dio in a choir
Eddie Harden's Wizard Convention 3
Deep Purple Royal Albert Hall
Kerry Livgren's Seeds Of Change: Mask Of The Great Deceiver & To Live For The King
Bobby Comstock And The Counts- Ronnie sings backing vocals on: Run My Heart & I Can't Help Myself

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Most of this page has been put together with direct copying from Tapio’s Great Archival Site. http://www.dio.net