Thursday, March 27, 2014

AUDIO: Corey Taylor covers Rainbow In The Dark for Ronnie James Dio tribute album

Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor recorded “Rainbow In The Dark” for the forthcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, “This Is Your Life” (due April 1), and the song is now available for streaming.

Taylor is joined by Steel Panther guitarist Satchel, Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga, and touring buddies Jason Christopher and Christian Martucci for the classic tune, which was originally featured on 1983’s “Holy Diver.”

“Ronnie was the most natural singer I have ever witnessed,” says Taylor. “He could do anything,
hit any note, make any audience lose their minds. He was one of the greatest and I’m so happy I got to see him live. ‘Rainbow in the Dark’ was the first Dio song I really loved to death – just a powerful, high-energy hard rock song that was so good I wished I’d written it. When I was asked to be a part of this album, I knew there was only one track I wanted to record and luckily I got it. I only hope I did it justice. Having had the privilege of meeting Ronnie before he passed, I hope he knows how much I loved him for who and what he was: One of the greatest.”

In addition to Taylor, “This Is Your Life” features newly-recorded covers of the singer’s work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio by Metallica, Motorhead, the Scorpions, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Tenacious D, Anthrax, Halestorm and others.

Proceeds from “This Is Your Life” will benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio. The charity is dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.

Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67.

See also:

AUDIO: Hear Metallica’s tribute to Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio to be honored by Syracuse Area Music Hall Of Fame
Dio to release 1993 London concert
Ronnie James Dio tribute album announced
Scorpions recording Rainbow classic for Ronnie James Dio tribute album
Search Ronnie James Dio at hennemusic