An all-star group of Ronnie James Dio’s friends and fans has created a 13-track tribute album to raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org).
Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album “This Is Your Life” includes contributions by metal heavyweights including Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many musicians who performed with Dio over the years. Before his death from stomach cancer in 2010, Dio fronted a variety of acts, including Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell.
The album will arrive April 1, 2014, via Rhino; the retail price is $18.98. Dio does make a cameo on the album; his performance of “This Is Your Life,” on which he was backed only by keyboardists Scott Warren, closes the album.
Tracks and artists featured on “This Is Your Life” follow; tracks designated with * indicate songs that were previously unreleased.
1. “Neon Nights” (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. “Starsture” (Motorhead 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 and 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)
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded charity organization that raises money committed to cancer research efforts, including the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIIDS and Leukemia Reserach and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Dio was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.