Dreamers Never Die SXSW Report

As you probably know already, the movie about Ronnie James Dio’s life, “Dreamers Never Die” had its world premiere at the SXSW event in Austin Texas.   While I wasn’t able to attend, my good friend Damian was.  Damian has shot many bits of Black Sabbath video over the years, including the only authorized footage […]


If you’ve never visited the site Padavona.com, then you’ve done yourself a disservice.  It was a site very well put together by Jeremy Whitted.  It used to be called “Dio – The Early Years” in the past.  It covered an era of Ronnie’s career that a lot of people didn’t even know existed, the pre-Elf […]

Ronald James Padavona

Back in December 1981, I was leafing through the pages of a Hit Parader magazine, and I happened upon the cover art for the Mob Rules album.  I wondered what kind of music went with that kind of art, so I trudged on down to the Sam Goody and bought Mob Rules.  Put it in, […]

Dio: The Studio Album Collection: 1996 – 2004

Earlier this morning, I got a press release sent to me about an upcoming Dio box set.  It’s called “Dio: The Studio Album Collection: 1996 – 2004″.  This set was mentioned some time ago about Wendy Dio, and is basically a remastered set of the Dio studio albums “Angry Machines”, “Magica”, “Killing the Dragon”, & […]

Ronnie’s Last Stand

10 years ago today, was the last time that Ronnie James Dio took the stage for a concert.  I was fortunate to be able to send a couple of guys to film video of the last show on that tour (in my name – I wasn’t there), and y’all have seen the product of that […]

Dio covers album “This Is Your Life”

There’s a new Dio covers album coming out this spring that benefits the RJD Stand up for Cancer charity.  It’s a good cause, and has a lot of cool artists on it.   Anthrax, Metallica, Rob Halford, Halestorm, Scorpions, and plenty others.  Cool factoid – Halestorm opened for Heaven & Hell on the last concert […]

Magica Deluxe Edition Review

Magica is an album I’ve written about on my site many times before.  I’ve always felt it was an under appreciated album.    What’s weird about this, the lone official “concept” album in the Dio catalogue is that it doesn’t work for me as a concept album.  Never has.   To this day, I have […]

Happy 30th, Holy Diver!

Today (March 25th) is the 30th anniversary (in the United States anyway) of the original release of the first, and arguably the best Dio album, “Holy Diver”.    Man, thirty years, eh?  I know time is the enemy that marches on, never stopping, never ceasing, but when you reach milestones like that about things from […]

Dio’s Magica Deluxe Edition Coming June 25

Just a tad over 13 years (has it been that long, really) the album “Magica” was released by Dio.  This album was a turning point in Dio’s career.  He had just come off a couple of albums with Tracy G, and to a lot of long time Dio fans, those albums didn’t sit well.  Not […]

Dream Evil Deluxe Edition

The next album in the series of Dio Deluxe Editions is about to be released – on March 4, 2013.  Last year we got the first three Dio studio albums (plus the first live one, Intermission).  I got a lot of emails asking when the next one was coming out, and today I got a […]