Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, has confirmed that there are “at least three” previously unreleased songs from the legendary heavy metal singer that may eventually see the light of day.
Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and DIO, died of stomach cancer in May 2010 at the age of 67.
During a brand new interview with the “Talking Metal” podcast, Wendy was asked if there is any unreleased Dio material in the vaults. She said: “I think there’s at least three, maybe five songs — not completed, but songs that have the lyrics and Ronnie singing them. We have the [DIO] band [playing on them], of course. Some are half done, some are just ideas and things. I have to really look. I haven’t really had the time or wanted to go into that part of his life again, but I do have all the computers, and it’s time — it’s been seven and a half years now [since his death], so I can actually go in there and look without breaking down.”
Wendy also talked about the status of “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio”, the revealing memoir of the heavy metal master, which was three-quarters written before the singer’s death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago via MTV Books.
“I am gonna finish the book,” she said. “We’ve got the book, which hopefully can come out next year. I keep saying that, but I haven’t had the time to sit down and go over it. He’d written his book up to the middle of RAINBOW, which is good, because I know the rest of it, ’cause I was there.”