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For a brief spell during the mid-'80s, the heavy metal} quintet Dio} was one of the top U.S. concert attractions, boasting one of the most over-the-top stage acts of its time loaded with props and special effects (lasers, explosions, a giant dragon, etc.). The group's leader was singer Ronnie James Dio}, who had previously become acquainted with the metal} masses as the frontman of Ritchie Blackmore}'s Rainbow} from 1975-1978 and Black Sabbath} from 1979-1982. Come the early '80s, Ronnie James} was ready to finally head out on his own, forming Dio} and recruiting a stellar backing band, consisting of a few former bandmembers, ex-Rainbow} bassist Jimmy Bain} and ex-Black Sabbath} drummer Vinny Appice} (Carmine Appice}'s brother), in addition to ex-Sweet Savage} guitar shredder Vivian Campbell}. Lyrically, the group would retain the same subject matter that Ronnie James} specialized in with his previous outfits (dungeons and dragons, swords and sorcery, damsels in distress, etc.), but musically, Dio} was more melodically based than Rainbow} or Sabbath}. The group scored a hit right off the bat with their 1983 debut release, Holy Diver}, which spawned such popular MTV} videos as "Rainbow in the Dark,"} as well as its title track.

For their sophomore effort, 1984's The Last in Line}, the band expanded its lineup to include keyboardist Claude Schnell}, as the album would become the biggest hit of Dio}'s career (on the strength of another MTV}-approved video, for the album's anthemic title track) and the group became an arena-headliner. Although Dio}'s next release, 1985's Sacred Heart}, was commercially successful, Campbell} had become disillusioned by the group's direction and split from the group a year later. Just prior to Campbell}'s exit, the entire Dio} band helped organize Hear N' Aid, an all-star assembly of heavy metal} artists that recorded a track called "Stars,"} which helped fight world hunger (a subsequent album was issued as well, collecting previously unreleased live tracks from a few of the day's top hard rock} acts). Former Giuffria} guitarist Craig Goldy} took Campbell}'s place, resulting in such releases as 1986's live EP Intermission} and 1987's Dream Evil}, which retained the group's headbanging audience, but failed to expand upon it as its previous releases had.

By 1990's Lock up the Wolves}, Ronnie James Dio} was the only original member of Dio} left in attendance as the band's lineup continued to fluctuate throughout the '90s on such releases as 1994's Strange Highways}, 1996's Angry Machines}, and 1998's Inferno: Last in Live} (Ronnie James} took a brief break from Dio} in 1992 to rejoin Black Sabbath} for a lone release, Dehumanizer}). In 2000, a pair of Dio} releases emerged; first was Dio}'s first new studio album in four years, the concept album Magica} (which saw past members Bain} and Goldy} return to the group), as well as a 16-track compilation titled The Very Beast of Dio}. His medieval-themed metal returned two years later, when the Killing the Dragon} album arrived in the spring of 2002. The album was a serious endevor, but Dio} also learned to make fun of his image after years of defending it, inviting comedy duo Tenacious D} to star in the video for "Push"} and even including the clip on the fall re-release of Killing the Dragon}. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide

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