Former Rainbow bandmates Joe Lynn Turner and Ritchie Blackmore are working on a top secret reunion project. Turner, who was one of four singers who fronted the band between 1975 and 1995, has revealed he and the guitar great could soon be back onstage together, but he has been sworn to secrecy.
He tells Rock Overdose, "I'm going to be honest with you right now... It's (reunion) very possible. Last year I wouldn't say it, but this year I say it. It's a very big possibility that something might happen. I heard talk of it, and all I can say is I'm not supposed to talk about it. But I'm talking to you now and all I want to do is say 'Yes'. We may have a reunion, and it would be phenomenal."
Blackmore was the only full-time member of Rainbow and as well as Turner, his frontmen were Graham Bonnet, Doogie White and the late Ronnie James Dio.
Late heavy rocker Ronnie James Dio's son Dan Padavona has released his debut novel. The author's first horror tale, Storberry, follows the fortunes of locals battling a vampire invasion in their small town.
He tells Blabbermouth.net, "It is an old-school, throwback horror novel depicting a small Virginia town attempting to survive a vampire infestation. I would describe it as a combination of Nosferatu and Night Of The Living Dead."
Padavona's father, who fronted bands like Dio and Black Sabbath, lost his battle with stomach cancer in May, 2010. The author performed the eulogy at the rocker's funeral.
Heavy rockers Avenged Sevenfold were triple winners at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on Wednesday night (23Apr14). The band's stars Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance were jointly awarded the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist prize, while Arin Illejay was named Best Drummer. The group was also awarded the title for Most Devoted Fans.
Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was declared Best Vocalist, Rob Zombie took Best Live Band, Deep Purple claimed the Comeback of the Year accolade and Twelve Foot Ninja earned recognition as Best New Talent.
Five Finger Death Punch were two-time winners, scoring the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award for Chris Kael and Song of the Year for Lift Me Up.
It was also a big night for Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates, who celebrated their comeback with the Album of the Year honour for 13.
Joan Jett made awards history as the first female recipient of the Golden God Award and Axl Rose was feted with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rose also treated guests to a special reunion performance with his former Guns N' Roses pal Duff McKagan, who recently stepped in to the line-up to temporarily replace bassist Tommy Stinson, while another highlight of the heavy metal awards show came from Slayer, who delivered a surprise three-song set to open the ceremony. They also debuted new track Implode, their first new material since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman last year (13).
Rocker Duff Mckagan will make his U.S. stage return as part of Guns N' Roses by reuniting with frontman Axl Rose at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on Wednesday (23Apr14). The bassist has been filling in for Tommy Stinson, who is currently on the road with his reunited group The Replacements, on five recent dates on the band's South American tour, and he will join the Sweet Child o' Mine hitmakers once more as they perform at the Club Nokia prizegiving in Los Angeles this week.
McKagan originally quit Guns N' Roses in 1997, but he will be on hand to help Rose celebrate as the recipient of the 2014 Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meanwhile, heavy rockers Suicide Silence will also debut a new member at the Golden Gods Awards after hiring Hernan 'Eddie' Hermida to replace late frontman Mitch Lucker following his death in a motorcycle accident in 2012. The gig will mark Hermida's first U.S. show with the group, which will also welcome former Sepultura co-founder Max Cavalera to the line up for a special performance.
Other artists due to take the stage at the Golden Gods Awards include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Zakk Wylde and The Pretty Reckless.
Heavy rock heavyweights Corey Taylor, Duff Mckagan and Rob Halford paid tribute to late peer Ronnie James Dio at an album listening party in Los Angeles on Monday night (17Mar14). The VIP bash at the Avalon offered those with golden tickets the chance to hear Dio's new all-star tribute album, This Is Your Life, two weeks before the project is released.
Anthrax's Scott Ian, Tim 'Ripper' Owens and former Dio stars Jimmy Bain and Rowan Robertson also joined in the festivities by performing, while Judas Priest star Halford was honoured with a Metal God award.
Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010.
Rocker Joan Jett is set to make history at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this year (14) when she becomes the first female to receive the prestigious Golden God title. The I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees Motorhead, KISS star Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper, who have all taken home the top prize at the Los Angeles event in recent years.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will be another big winner - he will be presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement accolade. Metallica took home the award at last year's (13) ceremony.
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are among the multiple nominees for the prizegiving, which honours the best in heavy metal.
Ozzy Osbourne's group and their comeback release 13 will face off against Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King and Korn's The Paradigm Shift for Album of the Year, while Jonathan Davis (Korn) and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) have been shortlisted for Best Vocalist, as have Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch).
The Best Guitarist category will be a fight between Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Munky & Head (Korn), Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) and Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), while Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Fieldy (Korn) and Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) are among the nominees for Best Bassist.
Best Live Band nods go to Lamb of God, Rob Zombie, Slayer and Motley Crue, among others, and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age will compete for Comeback of the Year.
The awards, not to be confused with Metal Hammer's Golden Gods in the U.K., will take place at Club Nokia in L.A. on 23 April (14).
Motorhead, Anthrax and Metallica are among the heavy metal heavyweights paying tribute to late rock icon Ronnie James Dio on a new album. The three acts have joined the likes of Killswitch Engage, Scorpions and Tenacious D to rework Dio's classic tracks for the upcoming release, This is Your Life, which will help raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Produced by Dio's longtime manager and wife Wendy, the album's highlights include Metallica's nine-minute Ronnie Rising Medley, which features snippets from the late rocker's Rainbow recordings, and a new version of Starstruck recorded by Motorhead and Saxon frontman Biff Byford.
The album will be released in April (14).
Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010.
Black Sabbath star Geezer Butler has revealed he wrote a macabre tribute song to bandmate Tony Iommi after the guitarist was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of 2012. Iommi has been battling lymphoma throughout the heavy rock group's reunion and when bassist Butler, who writes the bulk of the band's songs, learned of his health crisis he felt inspired to get his thoughts and feelings out in lyrics for a track he tentatively titled Hanging by a Thread.
He tells Revolver magazine, "It (song) was very much about dying, about giving your last breath and passing your spirit on."
But the track didn't make it on the band's comeback album 13.
Butler adds, "We never came up with the finished thing."
The rocker admits he feared the worst for his bandmate - because their pal Ronnie James Dio had lost his cancer battle in 2010.
He tells the magazine, "We didn't know if he (Iommi) was going to recover from it, especially after seeing Ronnie go so fast. Ronnie went right in six months from being diagnosed to dying (sic)."
Ronnie James Dio's former Dio bandmates are heading into the studio to record an album of new material in tribute to their late frontman. Dio Disciples, a supergroup comprising of former members of Dio, formed after the rock icon's death in 2010 and have been playing the Holy Diver group's music on tour in a bid to keep their old pal's memory alive.
Now guitarist Craig Goldy reveals Dio Disciples are planning to start work on a project of original songs - and they've already received the blessing of the singer's widow, Wendy.
He tells Songfacts.com, "I've been working on some original material recently, and at Ronnie's memorial service - the public memorial service - I stated that when I ever did another original material project, that I want to make sure that I utilise the things that I learned from him (Dio) and that would hopefully make him proud. So when Wendy Dio heard the songs that I've been working on, she said, 'Wow, Ronnie would be really proud of you.' That was real special...
"We want to make sure that people don't think we're trying to replace Ronnie. Like a lot of bands who have had members either leave or die, they go on with the same name and for the same purpose, and some fans get bummed out about that. We're not trying to do that. It's just if we do do a full album of original material, it's not replacing him. It would be our way of saying, 'Hey, this is what we've learned from him, this is what the man means to us.' It would be in the spirit of keeping his memory alive and honouring him in some way."
Ronnie James Dio launched his namesake band in 1982 following his departure from Black Sabbath.
Rocker SLASH has paid tribute to his late friend Ronnie James Dio on what would have been the star's 71st birthday. The former Black Sabbath frontman lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, and his pal took to his Twitter.com page late on Wednesday (10Jul13) to post a message in honour of Dio's special day.
Slash writes, "Today would have been Ronnie James Dio's birthday. RIP RJD. Your music & memory will live on for eternity."
Nikki Sixx and rock duo Tenacious D also posted messages on Twitter to remember Dio on Wednesday.