Hear Metallica’s tribute to Ronnie James Dio

Metallica is among the metal superstars to appear on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life, when it hits store shelves and digital outlets April 1st.

Instead of picking one song, ‘Tallica picked four from Dio’s mid-70s band Rainbow, and called it “Ronnie Rising Medley.” Rolling Stone has the exclusive first listen to the entire nine minute salute made up of “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.”

Drummer Lars Ulrich spoke to RS and described how Dio’s music has influenced Metallica’s, “It was fairly effortless to put this together, because it’s something that we were all reared on. I don’t recall sitting there in a band meeting or anything deciding what to play. Somebody starts playing ‘Stargazer’ – which is sort of just like something that’s in our arsenal to jam – and then that whole period there, ‘Tarot Woman,’ ‘Kill the King,’ ‘A Light in the Black ‘ – that’s just really effortless to jump into.”

Ulrich states the medley is similar to their own music, most recently the new “The Lords Of Summer,” “We love doing that kind of stuff – starts and stops, dynamics and all. We figured a couple, three or four go around with that early Rainbow train would suit us particularly well.”

This Is Your Life also features Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.


1. Neon Knights – Anthrax*
2. The Last In Line – Tenacious D*
3. The Mob Rules – Adrenaline Mob
4. Rainbow In The Dark – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. Straight Through The Heart – Halestorm*
6. Starstruck – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. The Temple Of The King – Scorpions*
8. Egypt (The Chains Are On) – Doro
9. Holy Diver – Killswitch Engage
10. Catch The Rainbow – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. I – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. Man On The Silver Mountain – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring excerpts of “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer” from Rainbow’s 1976 release, Rising and “Kill The King” from Rainbow’s 1978 release, Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll) – Metallica*
14. This Is Your Life – Dio

* Previously unreleased

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.