Ronnie James Dio‘s final four albums – Angry Machines (1996), Magica (2000), Killing the Dragon (2002), and Master of the Moon (2004) – are getting reissued as vinyl and CD box sets. The set is dubbed Studio Albums: 1996-2004, with the vinyl version also including the single “Electra” as a 7″. The box set is out September 29 and is available for pre-order here.
“I am very excited to be working with BMG, a label that still has a passion for rock music,” said Wendy Dio. “They will be making the complete DIO catalogue available again with some interesting surprises.”
Also out on September 29 is the upcoming Dio documentary, Dio: Dreamers Never Die. All configurations of the film will include a 20-minute selection of deleted and extended scenes restored from the cutting room floor.
Dio: Dreamers Never Die originally premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX and according to a description, “delves deep into the singer’s incredible rise from a ‘50s doo-wop crooner to his early rock days in Elf and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, to replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, and finally cementing his rock star status with his own band, Dio.
“The film incorporates never-before-seen footage and personal photos, as well as offering intimate scenes with his closest peers, family, and friends, among them Wendy Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Glenn Hughes, Vinny Appice, Lita Ford, Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Eddie Trunk, and Jack Black, as they bring viewers inside the life of one of rock and roll’s true heroes and most beloved figures.
“I wanted this documentary to be authentic, for the fans to see the roller coaster ride that was Ronnie‘s life—the good times, the bad times and everything in between, especially including events that even the most diehard fans would not have known about. It’s all in there, right up to the very end,” said Wendy Dio.
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