Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice. The name Dio was chosen because it made sense from a commercial standpoint, as the name was already well-known at that time. Dio means "God" in Italian.
The band released ten studio albums and had numerous line-up changes over the years with Ronnie James Dio having been the only constant member. Guitarists have included Craig Goldy (most recent guitarist), Doug Aldrich, Vivian Campbell, Tracy G, Jake E. Lee and Rowan Robertson.
The band dissolved in 2010 with the loss of Ronnie James Dio to stomach cancer. He was 67 years old.
DIO. (2009, April 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:44, October 12, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=DIO&oldid=281449320
|Founder(s)||Ronnie James Dio|
|Record Label(s)||Eagle, Warner Bros., Reprise, Universal, Vertigo, Phonogram, Spitfire, Sanctuary|