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Festival News: Download Festival 2011 - Dio Disciples, BioHazard, Children Of Bodom, Others

Posted on Monday, April 11 @ 15:00:00 UTC by nightowl

The Download Festival is scheduled for June 10-12, 2011 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Dio Disciples -- the Ronnie James Dio tribute project featuring former Dio members Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards) along with bassist James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society, White Lion) and singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, Judas Priest, Iced Earth) and Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Gun) -- is among the newly confirmed bands for this year's edition of the festival.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

All That Remains
Alter Bridge
Asking Alexandria
Avenged Sevenfold
Baptized In Blood
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Blitz Kids
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Bullet For My Valentine
Cheap Trick
Children Of Bodom
Alice Cooper
The Cult
The Damned Things The Dangerous Summer
The Darkness
The Dead Lay Waiting
Deaf Havana
Def Leppard
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
The Devil Wears Prada
Dio Disciples
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
Framing Hanley
Funeral For A Friend
Gaslight Anthem
Hollywood Undead
Hyro Da Hero
Jameson Raid Karma To Burn
The King Blues
Linkin Park
Lower Than Atlantis
Madina Lake
Duff Mckagan's Loaded
Mr Big
The Morning After
My Darkest Days
October File
Plain White T’s
The Pretty Reckless
Puddle Of Mudd
Dan Reed
Rise To Remain
Rock Sugar
The Rods Royal Republic
Sacred Mother Tongue
Skeletal Damage
Skunk Anansie
Straight Line Stitch
Suicide Silence
System Of A Down
Thin Lizzy
Times Of Grace
Trash Talk
Frank Turner
Twisted Sister
Wayne Static
Young Guns
Your Demise
Rob Zombie

In a related item, Dio Disciples will go on a short European tour in June. While Rudy Sarzo is the "regular" bassist, for the tour (at least some dates) and the above Download Festival performance, it's Lomenzo, owing to Sarzo's commitment to Blue Öyster Cult.

Dio Disciples Tour Dates:

June 08 - Moscow, Russia - A2 Club
June 09 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Kosmonayt
June 10 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air
June 11 - East Midlands, UK - Download Festival
June 12 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
June 14 - Glasgow, Scotland - Garage
June 15 - Wolverhampton, UK - Sleigh Rooms
June 16 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
June 17 - London, UK - Islington Academy
June 19 - Uden, Netherlands - De Pul
June 20 - Aschafensburg, Germany - Colos Saal
June 21 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
June 22 - Berlin, Germany - C Club
June 24 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
June 25 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
June 27 - Vienna, Austria - Szene Wien
June 28 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Konzerthaus Schuur

Wright (AC/DC, Dio, UFO, Michael Schenker Group, Rhino Bucket) played drums in Dio for 1990's Lock Up The Wolves album. He left the band in 1991 when Ronnie James Dio rejoined Black Sabbath. Wright returned to Dio in 1999 and remained the band's drummer until Ronnie's death. Vinny Appice was the Dio drummer from 1993 to 1999.

On guitar is longtime Dio member Craig Goldy (Rough Cutt, Giuffria, David Lee Roth, Dio) who made his Dio debut on 1985's Sacred Heart album.

On keyboards is 15-year Dio and Heaven & Hell veteran Scott Warren. Scott made his Dio debut on 1996's Angry Machines album.

On bass is the multi-talented James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society, Slash's Snakepit, Hail!, White Lion, David Lee Roth).

On vocals is Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Beyond Fear, Iced Earth, Hail!, Charred Walls Of The Damned).

Joining Owens on vocals from Manchester, U.K. is Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Fastway, Gun, Toby And The Whole Truth).

Commented Ronnie James Dio's widow and manager Wendy: "There will never be another Ronnie, but we want to keep his music alive and hope you will support the band and become one of the Dio Disciplies."

[Source: Blabbermouth.net (for both items)]

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