There is an obvious reason why the first volume of 'The Very Beast of Dio' has been certified gold in the U.S. - it features one of hard rock/heavy metal's greatest all-time voices, the late/great Ronnie James Dio. And the recently released 'The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2' picks up right where its predecessor left off - both musically and popularity wise, as it has made an impression on the charts straight away.

Released on October 9th via Niji Entertainment, the 17-track compilation has debuted at #192 Billboard Top 200 Current Albums, #19 on the Hard Music Charts, #13 on the Hard Music Core Stores Charts, #51 on the Indie Charts, and #75 on the Indie Store Charts. In addition to featuring such latter-day Dio classics as "Killing the Dragon," "Push," and "Fever Dreams," the compilation also includes 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." Also featured are liner notes from longtime Dio fan and friend, Eddie Trunk.

Supporting the release of 'The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2' will be a run of U.S. dates from the all-star group, The Official Dio Band, Dio Disciples, from October 20th through November 20th. 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 (Heaven & Hell), and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC), the group will be playing all of the expected solo Dio classics, as well as gems from the Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell eras.

Few metal collections do as masterful a job of balancing the classics that newer fans will recognize, as well as harder-to-find selections that longtime fans have craved for years.
And now, all Dio fanatics will get the best of both worlds with 'The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2.'

Track Listing For 'The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2':

Killing the Dragon
The Eyes
Along Comes A Spider
Better in the Dark
Fever Dreams
Feed My Head
Hunter of the Heart (Live)
One More for the Road
Lord of the Last Day
Electra (Bonus Track)
As Long As It's Not About Love
This is Your Life
Metal Will Never Die (Bonus Track)
Prisoner of Paradise (Bonus Track)

Confirmed Dates For Dio Disciples:

10/20/2012 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
10/21/2012 San Luis Obispo Slo Brew
10/23/2012 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/24/2012 Portland, OR Hawthorne
10/26/2012 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock on Strip
10/27/2012 Tempe, AZ Club Red
10/28/2012 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre
10/30/2012 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
10/31/2012 Hollywood, CA The Avalon The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund 2nd Annual Gala
11/04/2012 Dallas, TX Trees
11/08/2012 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre's
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI Harpo's
11/13/2012 Portland, ME Asylum
11/15/2012 Sayerville, NJ Starland
11/16/2012 Pawtucket, RI The Met
11/17/2012 Amityville, NJ Revolution
11/18/2012 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
11/20/2012 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock