HALESTORM: Cover of “Straight Through The Heart”

Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life Compilation
Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life Compilation

If you are suffering from the mid-week blues, Loudwire, Wendy Dio, Rhino, and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund are serving up a track stream today that will recharge your spirits! The previously unreleased Halestormcover of “Straight Through The Heart” that appears exclusively on the Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life compilation can now be heard exclusively via Loudwire. Click here to listen, and stay tuned for more new tracks coming in the near future.

Riding the party wave at SXSW this week? LAND SHARK Promotion has a can’t-miss event for you! This Friday, March 14th is the world premiere listening party for This Is Your Life. Co-hosted by No Control Radio’s Chuck Loesch(as heard locally on 101X/Austin) at BAYOU Lounge (500 E. 6th St.) from 3:00 – 5:00pm, attendees will get to hear new tracks from the album for the very first time, including Metallica, Rob Halford, Corey Taylor, Halestorm, Anthrax, Scorpions, Motörhead, Tenacious D, and more.

LAND SHARK Promotion CEO Gary Jay states, “We even asked Wendy Dio to let us raid the Dio online store and donate a massive amount of merch to the party to give away to fans, it’s going to be a celebration of Ronnie’s music, life, and legacy, and all things Dio! Put your horns up!”

To learn more about LAND SHARK Promotion’s SXSW events, visit www.facebook.com/landsharkpromotion.


…And now for the main event! The 3rd Annual Awards Gala and This Is Your Life pre-release listening party, taking place on Monday, March 17, 2014 at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Join Wendy Dio, Rob Halford, Corey Taylor, Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, Dimebagz Hag Rita, Kat Von D, Jeffree Star, Frankie Banali, Vinny Appice, Rudy Sarzo and others in celebrating the release of This Is Your Life and the life of Ronnie James Dio. The gala begins at 6:00PM, and tickets (VIP and GA) are available via www.diocancerfund.org/events. The event will include live performances of songs from the album by Halestorm, Corey Taylor, Scott Ian, Duff McKagan, Mike Orlando, Jason Christopher, Christian Martucci, Roy Mayorga, Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Bjorn Englen, Scott Warren, and more surprise guests! Head to www.diocancerfund.org for information or to purchase tickets online.


Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.  To celebrate Dio’s life, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album, entitled This Is Your Life, to raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org). This non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund, which is dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention, was co-founded by Dio’s longtime manager and wife, Wendy Dio. 100% of the monies received from this album by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund goes directly into cancer research.


Produced by Wendy Dio, This Is Your Life includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Scorpions, Anthrax, Glenn Hughes and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years. This Is Your Life will be available from Rhino on April 1, 2014, in physical and digital versions.


Don’t be the last in line. Reserve your copy now via iTunes! Click here!

As a bonus with your iTunes pre-order, you’ll get a free, instant download of Motörhead and Biff Byford of Saxon’s cover of Rainbow’s ‘Starstruck’. In addition, all digital versions of This Is Your Life, will include a newly recorded cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Buried Alive’ re-imagined by Jasta, the side project of Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta. This track will be exclusively available on the digital versions.


See below for the amazing track listing, chock full of covers by today’s most stellar classic, heavy metal and hard rock artists!


RONNIE JAMES DIO: This Is Your Life Track Listing:

  1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
  2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
  3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
  4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
  5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
  6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
  7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
  8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
  9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
  10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
  11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
  12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
  13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
  14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

Digital Bonus Track: “Buried Alive” – Jasta*


* Previously unreleased

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