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Celebrating Ronnie James DIO's 80th Birthday

WENDY DIO returns to chat once again with show producer/host Tom Lounges about her late, great husband Ronnie James DIO, who a dozen years after his death, still reigns as one of heavy metal's greatest vocalists and songwriters.

Ronnie James DIO would have turned 80 years old this past Sunday (July 10th). Dio’s career spanned five decades, touched millions of fans and pioneered his signature “devil’s horns,” one of the most popular hand gestures in the world. Dio also provided vocals and lyrics for some of the most iconic rock albums of all time with BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW, before establishing his own band DIO as a metal force with their 1983 debut "HOLY DIVER."

"Holy Diver." was a platinum-certified smash and one of the late singer-songwriter’s most groundbreaking achievements. Rhino Records revisits this epic metal moment on "Holy Diver: Super Deluxe Edition," which became available on July 8 as a 4-CD boxed set, a 2-LP Vinyl collection and also in a digital format

This collection comes with two versions of "Holy Diver."

The first is a new mix of the album made by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Slipknot, etc.). Barresi used the original analog tapes to remix all nine tracks on the album. The second is a newly remastered version of the original 1983 mix.

The Super Deluxe Edition also features unreleased live performances from the 1983 "Holy Diver" tour, along with some remix session outtakes, and a few rarities from the era.

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Tom Lounges has been a region radio personality and a music journalist since 1979. For the last 35-years, he has been reporting on entertainment as a weekly columnist and feature writer for The Times newspaper. He was also publisher and editor of the monthly tri-state entertainment magazine ("Midwest BEAT Magazine") for over two decades, he has written hundreds of features for numerous national glossy magazines over the decades, and he wrote "Liner Notes" for over a dozen albums release by Sony Records.
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