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Live albums capturing Dio’s 1983, 1987 Donington performances due in September


A pair of archival live albums capturing metal legends Dio performing at the Monsters of Rock festivals in Donington, England, in 1983 and 1987, respectively, will be released September 23 on CD and as limited-edition two-LP vinyl sets.

The CD and two-LP versions of both albums — Dio at Donington ’83 and Dio at Donington ’87 — will come packaged with a 3D lenticular print of the cover art, while the LP sets will feature an exclusive etching on Side D. Standard single-LP editions of both albums will also be available.

Dio at Donington ’83 features the Ronnie James Dio-led band performing in support of its debut album, Holy Diver. The group’s set featured renditions of four songs from Holy Diver, as well as select tunes from Ronnie’s stints with Rainbow and Black Sabbath, including Rainbow’s “Stargazer” and “Man on the Silver Mountain,” and Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” and “Children of the Sea.”

Dio’s 1983 lineup featured drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain, keyboardist Claude Schnell and future Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.

Dio at Donington ’87 captures the band performing shortly after the release of its Dream Evil album. Dio’s set included three songs from Dream Evil, the title tracks of their Holy Diver and The Last in Line albums, and select Black Sabbath and Rainbow tunes.

Dio’s 1987 lineup featured Appice, Bain, Schnell and guitarist Craig Goldy.

Dio at Donington ’83 and Dio at Donington ’87 can be preordered now. Recordings of the two concerts were previously released together in a single package in 2010.

Here’s the full Dio at Donington ’83 track list:

“Stand Up and Shout”
“Straight Through the Heart”
“Children of the Sea”
“Rainbow in the Dark”
“Holy Diver”
Drum Solo
Guitar Solo
“Heaven and Hell”
“Man on the Silver Mountain”
“Man on the Silver Mountain (Reprise)”

And here’s the full Dio at Donington ’87 track list:

“Dream Evil”
“Neon Knights”
“Naked in the Rain”
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Children”
“Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”
“The Last in Line”
“Children of the Sea”
“Holy Diver”
“Heaven and Hell”
“Man on the Silver Mountain”
“All the Fools Sailed Away”
“The Last in Line (Reprise)”
“Rainbow in the Dark”

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