Coming in early-September is the new photo book, titled Sabbath: The Dio YearsBlabbermouth reported the upcoming 440-page coffee table book is being issued by Rufus Publications, and chronicles Ronnie James Dio‘s time fronting Black Sabbath through its incarnation as Heaven & Hell. The book has been produced with the full co-operation of his widow, Wendy Dio, and Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.

Ronnie James Dio died on May 16th, 2010 from stomach cancer at age 67. 

Sabbath: The Dio Years will be fleshed out “with a wealth of unseen pictures and memorabilia and with a linking text from rock journalist Howard Johnson, who interviewed Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler to discuss this era.”

Geezer Butler was quoted as saying, “I first met Ronnie at our rehearsal house in Beverly Hills. He arrived in this massive brown Cadillac that looked too big for him to drive. He seemed pleasant enough, but when he started singing, I was blown away — so much power in such a diminutive stature. He quickly got to work on some of the ideas we had and turned them into songs for what would become the Heaven And Hell album.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Ronnie James Dio’s autobiography, Rainbow In The Dark, will finally be published on July 27th. 
  • Dio had been working on his memoir prior to his passing in 2010. It will be completed by his longtime friend and music journalist Mick Wall
  • According to the press release, the book will “cover the luck that led to the birth of Rainbow and a productive but difficult collaboration with Ritchie Blackmore; the chance meeting that made him the second singer of Black Sabbath, taking them to new levels of success; the surprisingly tender story behind the birth of the Devil Horns, the lasting symbol of heavy metal; his marriage to Wendy, which stabilized his life, and the huge bet they placed together to launch the most successful endeavor of his career. . . his own band, Dio.”

CHECK IT OUT: Heaven & Hell on March 30th, 2007 performing “The Mob Rules” live at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall: