This 246-page book marks an extensive rewrite and huge expansion versus my Dio
book from 17 years ago, and focuses
solely on the albums and tour cycles from Holy Diver through Dream Evil.
Multiple new interviews were done with Ronnie
and Jimmy before they passed on, along with assorted band members from the
‘80s albums since the original Dio book. The
book is also expanded due to additional research as well as deeper review-type
analysis of the songs by me. There are
also 109 black-and-and-white and 38 colour shots, representing a mix of live
and memorabilia imagery.
As the back cover sez…
Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart and Dream Evil… these are the crown
jewels Ronnie James Dio’s catalogue with
his namesake Dio band, and most of those—if not all—deserve heavy metal
shoulder-to-shoulder status against the man’s
other top-flight an’ mighty works, namely Rainbow’s Rising record and Black
Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell.
Such is the mission of this book, namely to celebrate these monster sledges of
traditional American-styled power metal,
and indeed make the argument that the band’s last from the 1980s, Dream Evil,
is long overdue for a reassessment.
In that spirit, Martin Popoff offers his celebrated and time-honoured
track-by-track trawl through this catalogue of
immense importance (covering music, lyrics, production, cover arts and
subsequent tour cycles), with extensive interview
footage from members of the band all along the way, including two who are no
longer with us, bassist Jimmy Bain and the
beloved icon himself, Ronald James Padavona.
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