Wendy Dio Gives Update on Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album


Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesFor a few months now, a number of artists have been working on tracks for a tribute album to honor late Dio/Rainbow/Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio.  Now, U.K. magazine Metal Hammer is reporting that his widow and longtime manager, Wendy Dio, gave an update on the progress of the forthcoming release during this past weekend's Icons & Idols Rock 'n' Roll auction in Los Angeles.

"We have a lot of [artists] who are working on [their contributions to the tribute album]," Dio told the crowd.  "Metallica has already finished theirs for us and Anthrax and [ex-Deep Purple/Black Sabbath member] Glenn Hughes [have completed theirs as well].  [Judas Priest frontman] Rob Halford‘s working on it.  Alice Cooper's working on it.  Motörhead, [in] January we'll get theirs."

Dio adds that she's hoping to ask a number a younger bands to contribute tracks to the project so she can release two CDs: one featuring classic rock artists and one featuring newer artists.  "I would [definitely] pick…Korn, Avenged Sevenfold," she reveals.  "Anyone that’s been influenced by Ronnie or Ronnie's music…it would be a great tribute and it would be great fun to do, too."

The as-yet-untitled Dio tribute album is expected to be released sometime in 2013.

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