Before Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell, late metal legend Ronnie James Dio was a doo-wop artist.
In the early 1960s, Dio crooned with his band, Ronnie Dio and The Prophets. The band lasted for a couple of years, they even toured and put out a single with Atlantic. Then, in late 1967:
Ronnie Dio and the Prophets transformed into a new band called The Electric Elves and added a keyboard player. After recovering from a deadly car accident in February 1968 (which killed guitarist Nick Pantas and put Dio and other band members briefly in hospital), the group shortened its name to The Elves and used that name until mid-1972, when it released its first proper album under the name Elf. Over the next few years, the group went on to become a regular opening act for Deep Purple.
According to the Guardian, Ronnie, who died in 2010, will return to the stage --as a hologram-- for a worldwide tour with Dio Disciples.
(Society of Rock)
There’s a not-to-be missed profile in High Country News on Diné heavy metal bands on and around the Navajo Nation in Arizona, with incredible photos by Clarke Tolton, who also directed the video above.
Watch Leo Moracchioli and Rob Scallon perform a genre-bending cover of French heavy metal band Gojira’s “The Heaviest Matter in the Universe,” banjo, straw hats, and all. (digg)
TIL two things: 1. YouTube is home to the world’s only heavy metal-themed talk show. It’s called Two Minutes to Late Night. 2. Vocalists of all metal subgenres often shriek and squawk like birds. To prove it, the Two Minutes to Late Night host recently asked ornithologist Tom Stephenson of BirdGenie (an app that identifies […]
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