Heaven & Hell Name Guest Vocalists For Dio Tribute

Before Ronnie James Dio passed away on May 16, Heaven & Hell planned a summer tour of Europe.

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Before Ronnie James Dio passed away on May 16, Heaven & Hell (the reformed, renamed Black Sabbath) planned a summer tour of Europe. Those shows, of course, were cancelled, but the band's remaining members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice are planning to play a one-off gig to celebrate the life and work of their fallen friend. The show will be held on Saturday, July 24, at the High Voltage Festival in London and proceeds will benefit Dio's Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

In a press release, Butler said, "It's going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no one else I know and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honor of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we're immune from this disease really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you."

Though the former Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath singer was diminutive in stature, the size of his shoes to be filled is daunting. Stepping into that role are longtime Dio friend and former Deep Purple bassist/Black Sabbath vocalist Glenn Hughes and the somewhat unknown Norwegian singer Jorn Lande. Lande is best known in the UK for fronting the metal band Masterplan. He has also released several solo albums, including a tribute to Dio (for those wondering how this guy got the gig, check out the clips below).

Regarding the High Voltage set, Iommi added, "Ronnie's passing has left a huge hole; we hadn't anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that."

Jorn Lande And Pagans Mind

Mundanus Imperium (Featuring Jorn Lande), "Stargazer"

Jorn Lande, "Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth"

Thanks for the report to Gibson.com.

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    Shabadoo
    Wow, I'm really surprised they got Jorn for this. He is one hell of a singer and very underrated. Definitely a good pick, he doesn't have the same sound as Dio but his voice has that same massive feel to it.
    shockdoctor92
    kennykenny wrote: Aeolian Harmony wrote: Singing at his own tribute would be pretty metal of him. That sounds like something Gene Simmons would do.
    ahahahahahaha so true
    Heilz
    kill it wrote: \,,/
    This is the best comment with the perfect name i've seen here lol!!!
    Razorshadow
    Wow that is awesome that Jorn is doing this I've been a big fan of him for a while, and everytime i say something to my friends about him they are like "who is that." So maybe this concert will get more exposure in the U.S. and also a great choice to tribute Dio R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio \m/
    ayreon37
    Jorn is pretty good... Pagan's Mind is a very talented bunch of musicians... didn't really find anything special in their catalog though. Nothing to jump at me. They CAN play. Jorn will do alright in Ronnie's shoes. Probably.
    Quake52
    Shun1010 wrote: I think they should get Ripper Owens to do it.
    I don't think Ripper could pull it off. When I think of him I think more thrash metal than anything.
    Minkaro
    Joey Radical wrote: Jorn is an excellent choice! However, here's the reincarnation of Dio:
    I love that guy. Anyway, ordered my tickets for this
    Flibo
    From Dio's official facebook group:
    Dear Friends and Fans of Ronnie, I have seen lately on Blabbermouth.net a lot of announcements of bands releasing "so-called" Dio Tribute CD's. Please do not be fooled by thinking that they are doing this for the Fund, the money is going in their pockets and not to the Fund. I find this totally disgraceful and upsettin...g that they are trying to make money off Ronnie's death.- Wendy Dio
    Just passing buy.
    rockfreak611
    kennykenny wrote: Aeolian Harmony wrote: Singing at his own tribute would be pretty metal of him. That sounds like something Gene Simmons would do.
    COMING 2012 - THE KISS TRIBUTE TOUR FEATURING NONE ONLY BUT GENE SIMMONS AND THE REST OF KISS!!!! yeah i can see this happening, right after gene gets his KISS trojan condom exclusive deal "This is what I use!"
    skatarist4life
    This will be a GREAT opportunity for not only for Jorn to get his name out there as one of the greatest singers of all time, but for him to pay tribute to the singer who influenced him(Ronnie James Dio)
    Metallica1554
    kennykenny wrote: Metallica1554 wrote: My post came out all wrong, I was drunk. 16* And yes I do drink. Drunk was an excuse, in other words I wasn't thinking straight when I posted. Implying that you're not 14 years old and trying to show off by saying you drink.
    Apejack Cuba
    Russell Allen from Symphony X would be great for this. He sounds a lot like Dio, imo. Check him out:
    n00barmy
    Quake52 wrote: Shun1010 wrote: I think they should get Ripper Owens to do it. I don't think Ripper could pull it off. When I think of him I think more thrash metal than anything.
    I've always thought Ripper Owens sounded like a younger version of Dio.
    lutfish
    I'd rather see heaven and hell with Hughes, than with Dio singing Flameshield: on.
    kennykenny
    Metallica1554 wrote: My post came out all wrong, I was drunk.
    Implying that you're not 14 years old and trying to show off by saying you drink.
    Skuzzmo
    Metallica1554 wrote: My post came out all wrong, I was drunk.
    hahaha....yeah, sure you were....
    RockInPeaceDime
    this mother****er is incredibly awesome. never heard of him until this but definitely going after his albums now
    rokr258
    10basshero10 wrote: Metallica1554 wrote: It's weird to have a tribute for Dio without him singing I think I'd be somewhat frightened if Dio was singing at his own tribute.
    No shit bro hahaha RIP DIO!!!
    Set-Abominae
    Joey Radical wrote: Jorn is an excellent choice! However, here's the reincarnation of Dio:
    This. Nils Patrik Johansson ftw, he makes any band he sings for 3x more awesome. Check out his band Astral Doors.
    Jack Darkley
    No Halford? Really? Oh well, Glen Hughes ought to do this justice seeing as he sang some of Dio's stuff back when he was in Sabbath and Jorn is just the perfect choice. I hope this gets him more exposure.
    Minkaro
    JOOOOORN! This is the greatest tribute that any man could ever wish for. Where's my tickets? I demand tickets.
    SLonergan
    Metallica1554 wrote: It's weird to have a tribute for Dio without him singing
    You think it would be less weird having him sing his own tribute concert?
    metalian14
    Finally members of the unknown pagan's mind getting some credit! I always considered them the perfect mix of prog/power metal.. like a dream theater meets gamma ray blend. Dio will undoubtedly be head banging up above.
    JohnnyApplecore
    Though nobody can EVER replace Dio, it's awesome that the band is paying tribute to him, and cool that a relatively unknown artist can show his skill on a wider level. Rest in peace, Dio. May you belt out magnificent vocals with a chorus of angels. :/
    EpiExplorer
    Jorn AND Pagans Mind. KING. Truly a tribute to Dio, Niles and Jorn were a perfect duo when they played that show.
    TheFerret
    Though the former Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath singer was diminutive in stature, the size of his shoes to be filled is daunting.
    Really UG?
    lefty01
    Metallica1554 wrote: It's weird to have a tribute for Dio without him singing
    WTF are you talking about?? If he was there, that would be very creepy!!!
    SilverSpurs616
    Metallica1554 wrote: It's weird to have a tribute for Dio without him singing
    ...you do understand that a tribute is made by OTHER people, right?
    -xCaMRocKx-
    Metallica1554 wrote: It's weird to have a tribute for Dio without him singing
    I think it would be somewhat weirder if Dio were to sing at his own tribute.
    10basshero10
    Metallica1554 wrote: It's weird to have a tribute for Dio without him singing
    I think I'd be somewhat frightened if Dio was singing at his own tribute.