Tag Archives: Ronnie James Dio

Stormtroopers of Death


S.O.D. (1985, 1992, 1997–2002, 2007). Billy Milano (vocals), Scott Ian (guitar), Dan Lilker (bass), Charlie Benante (drums). S.O.D., or Storm Troopers of Death, were a joke super group featuring Scott Ian on guitar and Charlie Benante on drums from Anthrax, as well as Dan Lilker on bass from Nuclear Assault and former Anthrax roadie Billy Milano on vocals. The group’s typical song was often short and to the point (as in the “Ballad of Ronnie James Dio” and the “Ballad of Jimi Hendrix”), Read more [...]


THE RODS (1981–94). David “Rock” Feinstein (guitar, lead vocals), Garry Bordonaro (bass, vocals), Carl Canedy (drums, vocals). While they never attained significant commercial success, New York’s The Rods were stalwart keepers of the metal faith, playing a streetwise version of hard rocking metal that eschewed some of the more flashy trappings of their peers for a down and dirty image (think heavy metal Ramones: blue jeans and leather jackets) and performance style that focused on no-nonsense Read more [...]


RAINBOW (1975–84). Classic lineup: Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Jimmy Bain (bass), Cozy Powell (drums), Tony Carey (keyboards). Formed in 1975 by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow was a vehicle that let him explore his musical ideas outside of the democratic confines of his former band. Along with main collaborator vocalist Ronnie James Dio from the band Elf—whose penchant for medieval and mythical imagery seemed to match his own—Blackmore Read more [...]
Heaven and Hell


HEAVEN AND HELL (2006–PRESENT). Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), Vinnie Appice (drums). Pseudonym of a Black Sabbath lineup used by the Ronnie James Dio version of the band during their reunion tours in 2006 and 2007. By the late nineties the Black Sabbath name had once again became a lucrative franchise and frequent tours with the original lineup of Iommi, Butler, Ward, and Osbourne had become a cash cow with new T-shirts being sold to enraptured fans that Read more [...]