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Metallica, Tenacious D, Rob Halford Contribute to Ronnie James Dio Tribute

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Ronnie James Dio (AFP/Getty)

Ronnie James Dio (AFP/Getty)

By Brian Ives 

Legendary metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio will be the subject of a tribute album featuring contributions by Metallica, Anthrax and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, and — with a nod and a wink — Tenacious D. The comedy duo had previously paid tribute to the man in their song “Dio,” and also invited Ronnie to appear in their feature film, Tenacious D: The Pick Of Destiny.

Dio was the original frontman of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. From there he went on to replace Ozzy Osbourne in the second incarnation of Black Sabbath, and after leaving that band, he formed his own band Dio. Tragically, the singer succumbed to stomach cancer in 2010.

The tribute, Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life, was produced by his longtime manager (and wife) Wendy Dio, and will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

(Courtesy of Rhino Records) (Courtesy of Rhino Records)

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life tracklist:
1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

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