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Heaven and Hell and the end of the band

In 2007, it was announced that Black Sabbath would reunite with Ronnie James Dio and will continue under the name Heaven & Hell.

The band released the CD The Devil You Know in 2009.

Heaven & Hell was active from 2006 to 2010. The band was a collaboration with Black Sabbath members, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.   

After they were reunited to record three new songs for the 2007 compilation album, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years , they started a 2007-2008 tour. Iommi, owner of the Black Sabbath name, decided to call the touring band Heaven & Hell to differentiate the project from the Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath. The name comes from the first Dio-fronted Black Sabbath album, Heaven and Hell.   

The form and the beginning of the band (2005-2006)

In an interview in October 2005 of the "Masters of Rock", broadcast on BBC Radio 2, Ronnie James Dio revealed his plans to work again with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. He explained that there are two songs would be written for the "project" entitled Black Sabbath The Dio Years. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward where initially named as the rhythm section at the completion of the project. However, for the album The Dio Years, three new songs were recorded instead of two - the band continued to use the name Black Sabbath.

After recording three new tracks for Black Sabbath - The Dio Years, the group embarked on a 2007 tour . This tour was voted "Comeback of the Year 'at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards by the readers of Classic Rock.

The Devil You Know (2007-2009)

Initially, the members stated that their 2007 tour was a once and had expressed their intentions to go their own way at its conclusion. Dio had planned to return to his eponymous band, to record Magica Magica II and III, following the Magica album of 2000, while Appice would continue with his project 3 Legged Dogg. However, in an interview in March 2007, Dio and Iommi stated that while they were both bound by contractual obligations in 2008, future collaboration was not excluded, and six months later, the band announced their decision to continue to cooperate and to release a new album. In August, they took part in the  Metal Masters Tour next to Judas Priest, Motörhead and Testament.

On April 28, 2009, the band released the studio album The Devil You Know, with the single "Bible Black". The subsequent promotional tour, the Black Bible Tour, from May 5 to August 29 and featured the program for Coheed and Cambria. Performances at the Sweden Rock Festival, the Hellfest in France, the Netherlands Wâldrock Festival, Wacken Open Air in Germany and Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, UK. Last show of the tour in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, would be his last public appearance.

Ronnie James Dio's death and the end of the band 


In November 2009, Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The forecasts were initially favorable, and the band (Heaven and Hell) was planning further activity after a brief period of rest for the singer. On November 18, 2009 the European tour of the band "Dio"  was canceled due to his hospitalization. So he was touring with two different bands, his own band Dio and Heaven and Hell. He underwent the treatment against the disease. His wife and manager Wendy thanked everyone and said, "After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he likes doing, performing for his fans."

On February 19, 2010 was announced on the official website Dio that he would release a box set entitled the tournado Box Set, a limited edition. The set consists of Killing the Dragon CD, Evil or Divine DVD (PAL format), DVD bonusmateriaal, interviews, photo gallery, never before seen behind the scenes footage, promo video for Killing the dragon and the track "Push", Dio cards, and the bonus CD single "Electra " (which is the last song of the band), the unfinished albums Magica Magica II & III.

Heaven and Hell was going on tour in support of Iron Maiden in Europe in July and August, but the tour was canceled on May 4, due to the poor health of Ronnie James Dio.

The Death of Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio is deceased from stomach cancer at the Texas Medical Center  in Houston, Texas. on May 16, 2010 at 7:45 (CDT) .

The three remaining members perform one last Heaven & Hell act as a tribute to Dio at the High Voltage Festival on July 24 2010 with two guest vocalists: former Black Sabbath and Deep Purple singer Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, from Masterplan and later the band Jorn. He and his band Jorn made a tritute CD in memory of Ronnie James Dio, entitled "Dio", with the single Song for Ronnie James. (Video) (See also the collection of songs, Youtube links on the right side for the original video of Jorn). Former Pantera and Down singer Phil Anselmo also made a brief appearance in the song Neon Knights. Proceeds from the event went to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The posthumous live album Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell  was released on November 16, registered in Germany at the Wacken Open Air festival on July 30, 2009.

In March 2011, after Heaven & Hell's dissolution, Appice joined  Kill Devil Hill, along with former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown. In November 2011, Iommi and Butler reactivated Black Sabbath with original singer Ozzy Osbourne, announcing plans for a world tour and new album with producer Rick Rubin in the following year. The resulting album 13 was released in June 2013.

On November 9, 2010 a posthumous live album was released. Titled Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 , it features Dio's 1983 and 1987 appearances at the Monsters of Rock  and presents a number of tracks from the Ronnie James Dio era of both Rainbow and Black Sabbath, in addition to songs from Dio's own catalog.

At the interview by Classic Rock Magazine, Dio's guitarist Craig Goldy said: "We were working on tracks for a new Dio album just before Ronnie died in May, and we had almost one song finished. Wendy (Ronnie's widow/manager).then talked about the reissuing of the album'Magica "(originally released in 2000) with bonus tracks, including this one." Goldy goes on to say about the lyrics, they were written by Ronnie when they were engaged in the fight against cancer, and his "very emotional" and "difficult to listen in your throat without a lump."   

On March 18 it was announced that the surviving members of the final line-up of Dio would embark on a project with former Judas Priest frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens  under the name "Dio Disciples". The project has been extensively touring since 2011.   

In May 2012, former Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell, despite his long-standing feud with Dio, announced that it was his intention to reunite the original Dio band for a potential series of shows. This would include himself, drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain and keyboardist Claude Schnell. This lineup will be announced former Lynch Mob singer and The Offspring touring member Andrew Freeman  raids for Ronnie James Dio. and will be touring under the name Last in Line.   



Murray is the demonic-looking mascot of Dio. Murray appears on some of the band's album covers, as well as the sets for their live performances. Murray can be seen on some of Dio's album covers, including Holy DiverThe Last in Line, and Dream Evil , as well as some of their singles and compilation albums. The mirror on the right, is in my possession for over more then 25 years now. Tattoo artist, Dean Saunders made it for me.  (The father of the singer)  



Holy Diver

Dio's first studio album, Holy Diver, from 1983, was the first which was equipped with Murray on the cover. Murray seems to torture a cleric, but Ronnie James Dio said that it is not necessarily true.

The Last in Line

Murray is also featured on Dio's second studio album, The Last in Line. On this cover, souls that have risen from their graves on the Day of Judgment looking up against a giant Murray staring at them from the distant horizon.

Dream Evil

Murray is not featured on Dio's third studio album, Secred Heart, but, for the last time in its original form, can be seen on the cover of Dream Evil. He is seen in the window of a bedroom with a child sleeping in a bed while being chased by different scary creatures. Murray's story is printed in the book Dream Evil Tour. The album cover of Dream Evil is a reference to one of the songs on the album, "Faces at the Window". The concept of the album is fear and superstition on the night and darkness.

The Ronnie James Dio Official Webstore  has created a baseballcap and was in sales with a red embroidery Murray at the front of the cap and the DIO logo, in the same red embroidered on the back.

A villain of the Japanese manga series  JoJo's Bizarre Adventure  Dio Brando is named as a tribute to both Ronnie James Dio and film star Marlon Brando.

A video game released in Japan for the Famicom (Japanese version of the Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1989 was titled Holy Diver . The gothic and medieval theme of the game is very similar to Dio's music video of "Holy Diver".     

In 1999, an animated version of Dio appeared in an episode of South Park titled "Hooked on Monkey Fonics ". The band performs the song "Holy Diver " on, at an elementary school. Although Ronnie James Dio's appearance is as little as he really is, the rest of the band appears as a stereotypical heavy metal  band with no reference to the real band members.

During his time with the Philadelphia Phillies, outfielder Pat Burrell was known to use a clip of Dio's "Holy Diver" as his walk-up music. What normally stirred up the crowd.

Comedy / rock duo Tenacious D  released a song from their first album, entitled "Dio" written as a tribute to rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who mocks him somewhat because he was too old and that Tenacious D position as masters of heavy metal would take over.

Tenacious D. - The Ballad of RONNIE JAMES DIO  

For live playing the song, Jack Black talked about how Dio's term in Black Sabbath served to get his inspiration in Heavy Metal. The duo appeared in the music video for his song, "Push."(video) Ronnie also appeared in and sang on Tenacious D's comedy film from 2006 "The Pick of Destiny" (click on the link for the entire film), the song Kickapoo, where Meat Loaf also appears as the faithful father of the rebellious rocking son Jack Black.

The song "Holy Diver" in the video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and the Game / Guitar Learning function "Rocksmith 2014 ". It also appears as a download-able content for the Rock Band series, along with "Stand Up and Shout". 

The song "Rainbow in the Dark " appears in "Rock Band 3 ."

The band fell apart in 2010 when Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer at the age of 67. The band has sold over 10 million albums.

The photo of the statue of Ronnie James Dio is in Kavarna, Bulgaria.

This complete story part 1 to 5 is my personal tribute to this little big man who was not only a great singer with a huge vocal range, but he was also a great person. -Jan

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Live Wacken 2009   Play all   

The Mob rules   

Children of the sea   

The Mob rules   

Bible black   


Bible black   

I (Live 2007)   

Vinny Appice with the Black Sabbath drumsolo (Heaven and Hell)   

Time machine   


Ronnie James Dio's last public appearance at Golden Gods Awards 2009   

Falling off the edge of the world   

Follow the tears   

Live From Radio City Music Hall 2007  

Die young   

Heaven and Hell (song)   

Country girl / Neon nights