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Surprise Ronnie James Dio Hologram Closes German Metal Festival

4 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Ronnie James Dio is the latest star to be resurrected in hologram form. The metal icon passed away in 2010, but his new virtual avatar made a surprise appearance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival last night alongside the Dio Disciples, a tribute group featuring Dio’s former bandmates. They closed out the event by performing […]

Ronnie James Dio Hologram Debuts, Will Tour Next Year

Metal icon Ronnie James Dio died in 2010, and yesterday, he performed at Wacken Open Air—a metal festival in Germany. Yes, Dio has his own hologram now. During a performance from Dio Disciples—a band featuring Dio’s bandmates and friends—the...Show More Summary

21 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Magic: The Gathering fans gather, bikers ride for Ronnie James Dio, vegans tell jokes and more cool stuff to do and see in L.A. this week. fri 5/20 It's a weird time to be a Magic: The Gathering fan — illustrators Wayne England and Christopher Rush died within a day...

Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio), RIP

Jimmy Bain in 1983 (photo by Dana Wullenwaber) More sad news in the music world. Bassist Jimmy Bain, who played with Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow during the Rising era and was later a longtime member of...

Jack Black Remembers Ronnie James Dio: 'He Kicked Major Ass'

Heavy-metal legend Ronnie James Dio died five years ago this Saturday after a short but intense battle with cancer. One of his biggest fans is Jack Black. Along with his Tenacious D bandmate, Kyle Gass, Black paid tribute to the onetime Black Sabbath and Rainbow frontman by writing a song...

You Can Bowl, Bike and Barbecue in Honor of Ronnie James Dio This Weekend

This Saturday will mark the fifth anniversary of the death of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio. The powerful voice behind genre classics such as “Holy Diver” and “Rainbow in the Dark” was silenced at the age of 67 by stomach cancer. But if Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio has...

For Our Consideration: Saluting Ronnie James Dio, metal’s uncool godfather

A little over three minutes into “Temple Doors,” the opening track from the debut album by Philadelphia doom metal band Crypt Sermon, frontman Brooks Wilson sings the seemingly nonsensical phrase “fool, fool.” The words float there, isolated, between the song’s first chorus and second verse, and they don’t appear again. Show More Summary

Craig Gruber, Bassist For Rainbow And Elf, Dies After Battling Prostate Cancer

Bassist Craig Gruber, who played with Ronnie James Dio in legendary groups Rainbow and Elf, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 63 following a battle with prostate cancer. Gruber joined Elf in 1973, according to Loudwire, taking over...Show More Summary

Rainbow/Elf bassist Craig Gruber, RIP

Veteran hard rock/heavy metal bassist Craig Gruber died yesterday (5/5), after battling prostate cancer, Blabbermouth reports. He was 63. Gruber was a member of Elf, one of the early bands of Ronnie James Dio (who we lost in 2010),....

Remembering Ronnie James Dio

Today bears no anniversary for the metal legend Ronald James Padavona, known to the music world as Ronnie James Dio. It’s a month before the anniversary of his passing and his birthday isn’t until July 10th. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Dio‘s influence is felt every day, with every modern day metalhead owing […]

Tiger Sharks Swim To Dio In Bahamas Footage

Shark Diver Magazine recently concluded their October expedition to Tiger Beach in the northern Bahamas, and their interactions with the local tiger sharks have been expertly set to a 1980’s classic by Ronnie James Dio. Steve Cruz recorded...Show More Summary

Watch us beat the last boss of Skyrim

Okay, that's it. We're done. Skyrim is vanquished, and Ronnie James Dio can now mount his big clean tiger and ride it down into the midnight sea full of shiny diamonds like the eyes of a cat in the black and blue. Or something.Who knows, maybe Dio's adventures in Skyrim will continue someday... Show More Summary

Ronnie James Dio is lost in a cairn

My old roommate told me there's some trick to Skyrim dungeons where if you follow one of the walls all the way around, you'll find the exit, or something, but I never listened to him. I'm still actually mad because he buckled my frying...Show More Summary

Ronnie James Dio kicks a little wagon around

Our ongoing look at what it would be like if the late heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio continues his exploration of Skyrim. I like to think, in a decade or so, people will look back on this video series the same way they on that Ken Burns documentary about that thing that he did.

Let's play Skyrim and offend some Metallica fans

As Ronnie James Dio continues through the land of Skyrim on his stolen horse, we turn our magnifying glasses of journalistic criticism and nitpickery on Metallica and U2. What is the relationship between these two bands of musicians?Watch our dumb video to find out.

Dio's journey through Skyrim is interrupted by Max's girlfriend

Here's the fourth part of the idiotic Skyrim Let's Play series Bill and I have been doing. The hook is this: we're playing Skyrim, but our character KIND OF looks like Ronnie James Dio. So, we're talking about heavy metal and that sort of thing. Show More Summary

Dio in Skyrim: Part 3 - Don't "Taco" To Strangers

In the third part of our ongoing investigative series on what it would be like if heavy metal pioneer Ronnie James Dio was, in fact, a mage in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In this installment, we forget more lyrics, and Max's girlfriend gets home from work, only to find a very special surprise waiting for her. Is it tacos? (Yes. That's exactly what it is.)

Skyrim can only get better when you play it as Ronnie James Dio

Max and I decided to start a playthrough of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the late Ronnie James Dio, the heavy metal legend who had a music video that kinda looks like Skyrim. There's only one problem; Max can't remember any Dio lyrics correctly. It's okay though; we had good beer and bad tacos.

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