News of a star-studded tribute disc to the the late metal great Ronnie James Dio surfaced a few years back, but the record is finally on its way. Featuring covers filed by the likes of Metallica, Anthrax and Motörhead, Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life arrives April 1 through Rhino.
A press release notes that the collection hits on several parts of Dio's long and illustrious career, whether with Rainbow, Black Sabbath or his eponymous run as Dio. Metallica wrap four Rainbow songs into a neat little package for their "Ronnie Rising Medley," which includes "A Light in the Black," "Tarot Woman," "Stargazer" and "Kill the King." Motörhead, meanwhile, team up with Saxon's Biff Byford for a cover of the band's "Starstruck."
Dio's Black Sabbath period is toasted by Anthrax via a new version of Heaven and Hell's "Neon Knights," while Dio's early '80s output with his own Dio is celebrated by Tenacious D, Halestorm and more. While most of the selections are exclusive to the release, it also features Killswitch Engage's cover of Dio's "Holy Diver," originally issued on a Kerrang! compilation in 2006.
Other contributors include Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Rob Halford and Deep Purple/Black Sabbath's Glenn Hughes, while Dio himself closes out the collection with the title track, a mortality-exploring ballad taken from his 1996 LP Angry Machines.
You can find out all the tracklisting info down below.
Proceeds from album sales will go towards the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by his widow Wendy Dio to support cancer research and awareness and to promote the importance of early detection and prevention of cancer. Ronnie James Dio died in 2010 after a battle with stomach cancer.
Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life:
1. Anthrax "Neon Knights" *
2. Tenacious D "The Last In Line" *
3. Adrenaline Mob "The Mob Rules"
4. Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher "Rainbow In The Dark" *
5. Halestorm "Straight Through The Heart" *
6. Motörhead with Biff Byford "Starstruck" *
7. Scorpions "The Temple Of The King" *
8. Doro "Egypt (The Chains Are On)"
9. Killswitch Engage "Holy Diver"
10. Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren "Catch The Rainbow" *
11. Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy "I" *
12. Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren "Man On The Silver Mountain" *
13. Metallica "Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)" *
14. Dio "This Is Your Life"
* previously unreleased