Εγώ ξέρω ότι το πρώτο πράγμα που θυμάμαι τον εαυτό μου να ακούει είναι το “Catch The Rainbow” από το πολυκαιριασμένο βινύλιο του πατέρα μου με το ελαφρύ γρατζούνισμα στον ήχο εξαιτίας των χρόνων και της φθοράς. Πραγματικά δεν ξέρω αν ποτέ θα νιώσω αρκετά έτοιμος και αρκετά ώριμος για να γράψω και να εκφράσω με λέξεις αυτό που νιώθω για αυτόν τον Άνθρωπο…να ειναι ελαφρύ το χώμα…τα λέμε στην άλλη μεριά Ronnie…θα σε δω στο θρόνο σου…
Λύκαινα, σε γενικές γραμμές με κάλυψε το υπέρδιπλο!!! Πολλά πράγματα ταυτίζονται και με τα δικά μου βιώματα…κονγκρατς, ρισπεκτς, και κερνάω μπύρα
Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, or leading DIO. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 but his towering voice and legacy live on.
To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as METALLICA, MOTÖRHEAD, SCORPIONS, ANTHRAX, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.
“This Is Your Life” will be available from Rhino on April 1. A digital version will also be available.
Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio’s career, several spotlight his time with RAINBOW, including METALLICA’s epic, nine-minute “Ronnie Rising Medley”, which combines the RAINBOW songs “A Light In The Black”, “Tarot Woman”, “Stargazer” and “Kill The King”. SCORPIONS add a scorching take on “Temple Of The King” while MOTÖRHEAD is joined by Biff Byford from SAXON on “Starstruck”. Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for “Man On The Silver Mountain”. The final lineup of Dio’s solo band ? Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren ? are joined by Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) for “Catch The Rainbow”, a track from RAINBOW’s 1975 debut.
ANTHRAX and ADRENALINE MOB honor Dio’s memorable stint with BLACK SABBATH with their takes on “Neon Knights” and “The Mob Rules”, respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs “I” from “Dehumanizer”.
“This Is Your Life” also includes songs from Dio’s back-to-back platinum albums “Holy Diver” (1983) and “The Last In Line” (1984), with DORO’s take on “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, HALESTORM tackling “Straight Through The Heart”, Corey Taylor (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT) covering the classic “Rainbow In The Dark” and TENACIOUS D (Jack Black and Kyle Glass) putting their signature spin on “The Last In Line”. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’s cover of “Holy Diver”, a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here.
Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album’s title) with his moving performance of “This Is Your Life”. Originally released on “Angry Machines” (1996), the song’s lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio’s again.
“I’m letting them pick what songs they wanna do in the way they wanna do it,” Wendy told Artisan News in 2011.
“We reached out to Wendy Dio about wanting to be a part of the Dio tribute that’s getting put together,” METALLICA singer James Hetfield told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine. “We’re very honored to be a part of that, and to be a part of a celebration of Ronnie’s life and his great contribution, man.”
In an interview with Guitar International, former ANTHRAX guitarist Rob Caggiano stated that the band’s cover version of “Neon Knights” “came out pretty smoking.”
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Holy Dio: A Tribute To The Voice Of Metal - Ronnie James Dio
Blind Guardian: Don't Talk To Strangers
Primal Fear: Kill The King
Doro: Egypt (The Chains Are On)
Jag Panzer: Children Of The Sea
Fates Warning: Sign Of The Southern Cross
Catch The Rainbow: Rainbow Eyes
Gamma Ray: Long Live Rock And Roll
Swanφ/Tδgtgren: Country Girl
Yngwie Malmsteen: Gates Of Babylon
Grave Digger: We Rock
Hammerfall: Man On The Silver Mountain
Holy Mother: Holy Diver
Stratovarius: Kill The King
Axel Rudi Pell: Still I'm Sad
Enola Gay: Heaven And Hell
Steel Prophet: Neon Kings
Solitude Aeturnus: Shame On The Night
Destiny's End: The Last In Line
Angel Dust: Temple Of The King