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Wendy Dio plans to release ‘precious’ material from Ronnie James Dio’s archives in 2017

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Ronnie James Dio’s widow and long-term manager Wendy Dio has confirmed that unheard material from the rock legend’s archives will see the light of day in 2017.

Having released the 'A Decade Of Dio' box set this summer, Wendy says she’s planning to re-release the final four Dio albums along with some “precious things” from the vaults.

Attending the second annual Bowl 4 Ronnie bowling party in California, which raised money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, Wendy was asked by Eric Blair if there are any “hidden gems” in the Ronnie archives.

She replied: "Well, you know we just did 'A Decade Of Dio' that Rhino put out with the six albums that they own.

“I have four albums that I own after that, and we have some precious things in the archives, which we're gonna put out and add on there, and I think Rhino will put it out next year."

Asked whether there was any unreleased video footage of Ronnie, Wendy responded: "Oh yeah. I'm talking all the way back. I've actually got stuff from Rainbow we're not allowed to put out, but we've got stuff. We videoed almost every show."

Attended by over 300 RJD fans, the Bowl 4 Ronnie event raised $36,500 (£29,000).

Having made its debut at Wacken Open Air music festival in August, Wendy is hoping to take Eyellusion’s Ronnie James Dio hologram on tour in 2017.

Despite some criticisms, Wendy insists that the reaction to the hologram has been largely positive. She told Eddie Trunk: "I would say (the reaction has been) ninety percent positive. Ten percent, you always get the naysayers, no matter what you do.

“I think the people that haven't seen Ronnie would love to see it. And people that have seen Ronnie would love to see him again, especially with his bandmates.

“I mean Simon (Wright) and Craig (Goldy) had played with Ronnie for over twenty years. Scott Warren had played with Ronnie for seventeen years. Oni Logan and Ripper Owens were part of our family; we hung out with them, they stayed at our house, and they were our friends. And Bjorn [Englen] is the only newcomer to this, the bass player.

“This is like Ronnie's family; this is Ronnie's family going out. For twenty years, he's played on stage with these people."


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