With the impending October 9th release of 'The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2,' the all-star group, Dio Disciples, couldn't have picked a better time to launch their next set of U.S. tour dates. Beginning October 20th and running until November 20th, Dio Disciples will be rocking venues nationwide.

Dio Disciples is comprised of singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob), guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio), bassist Bjorn Anglund (Yngwie Malmsteen), keyboardist Scott Warren (Dio,Heaven & Hell), and drummer Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC, UFO). The group touches upon almost every era of Dio's stellar career, as you can expect to hear faithful and heavy renditions of all the Ronnie James Dio classics, including "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Neon Knights," "Heaven and Hell," "Holy Diver," "Rainbow in the Dark," and "The Last in Line," among countless others.

Dio Disciples has issued the following statement: "We could NEVER replace Ronnie and that is not our intention - there will ever only be one RJD. Dio Disciples is a celebration of the music and legacy of the greatest singer in the world, Ronnie James Dio."

The 17-track 'The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2' CD (released via Niji Entertainment) picks up exactly where the first volume left off - from 1996 onward. And in addition to featuring such latter-day Dio classics as "Killing the Dragon," "Push," and "Fever Dreams," the compilation will also include several rarities that fans have long requested on a single disc - "Electra" (which previously was only a part of the ultra-rare 'Tournado' box set), "Prisoner of Paradise," and "Metal Will Never Die."

It has been over two years since the legendary Ronnie James Dio passed away after a battle with cancer. But his music continues to live on - as heard by the upcoming 'The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2' and Dio Disciples tour dates.

Confirmed Tour Dates:

Sat 20 Oct Anaheim, CA HOB
Tue 23 Oct Seattle, WA El Corazon
Wed 24 Oct Portland, OR Hawthorne
Fri 26 Oct Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock on Strip
Sat 27 Oct Tempe, AZ Club Red
Sun 28 Oct Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre
Wed 31 Oct Hollywood, CA The Avalon (RJD SUASCF Charity Show
Thu 08 Nov Ft Wayne, IN Pierre's
Sat 10 Nov Detroit,MI Harpos
Tue 13 Nov Portland, ME Asylum
Thu 15 Nov Sayerville, NJ Starland
Sat 17 Nov Amityville, NY Revolution
Tue 20 Nov Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock