DIO Returns

DIO Returns at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA

Ronnie James Dio (RJD) will forever be known as one of the most iconic frontmen in metal and for popularizing the "horns."  After fronting Rainbow (1974-1979), Dio fronted Black Sabbath (1979-1982) following Ozzy Osbourne's departure. Ronnie then formed his own band, DIO, which lasted from 1982 until Dio's passing in 2010. Dio also fronted the Heaven and Hell album while Black Sabbath was on hiatus from 2006 until his passing.  DIO returns came to The Wiltern for the second to last night of their tour.

DIO released some of the most legendary metal albums.  His legacy continues with his final band, DIO Disciples.  At Wacken Festival in 2016, DIO Disciples debuted the RJD hologram in front of an audience of 80,000. Now in 2019, DIO Returns continues across North America keeping his music alive with his hologram.  It was created by Wendy Dio and Eyelusion.  The life-like hologram allows fans, new and old, to experience a DIO concert like never before.

DIO Disciples is comprised of long-time DIO members Craig Goldy (guitar), Simon Wright (drums) and Scott Warren (keys) along with Bjorn Englen (bassist), who replaced the great Rudy Sarzo.  Handling lead vocals on non-hologram songs are original Lynch Mob vocalist, Oni Logan and former Judas Priest vocalist, Tim "Ripper" Owens.  Songs that feature the hologram include RJD's live vocals from previous concert recordings.  Vocals alternated between Logan, Owens and RJD.  The set at The Wiltern included hits spanning RJD's fifty-year career between Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and DIO.  Fans heard all of the classics like “The Mob Rules,” “Stand Up and Shout,” “Holy Diver” and “Rainbow In The Dark.”


1. King of Rock and Roll - Ronnie (DIO)

2. The Mob Rules - Ripper (Black Sabbath)

3.  Children of the Sea - Oni (Black Sabbath)

4. Last in Line / Holy Diver - Ronnie (DIO)

5. Stand Up and Shout - Ripper (DIO)

6. Simon Wright - Drum solo

7. Don’t Talk to Strangers - Ripper and Oni (DIO)

8. Rainbow In The Dark - Ronnie (DIO)

9. Egypt (The Chains Are On) - Oni (DIO)

10. Gates of Babylon - Ripper and Oni (Rainbow)

11. Scott Warren - Keyboard Solo

12. Invisible - Oni and Ripper (DIO)

13. Craig Goldy - Guitar Solo

14. Catch The Rainbow/Star Gazer - Oni and Ripper (Rainbow)

15. Heaven and Hell/ Man on the Silver Mountain Ronnie - (Black Sabbath/DIO)

16. We Rock - Ronnie/Oni/Ripper (DIO)

17. Neon Knights - Ronnie Ripper/Oni Backing Vocals