Six Degrees of Dio: David Bowie


I was never a huge fan of David Bowie. In my formative years ‘Let’s Dance’ was played on the radio and MTV ad nauseam. That’s not to say I didn’t recognize how talented of a person he is. With his recent unfortunate passing (fuck cancer again) I thought I’d challenge myself to see if I can connect David Bowie to Ronnie James Dio in the style of the Kevin Bacon game.

I thought going through Trent Reznor since he appeared on ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’, would be the easiest path considering his musical style was the closest thing to metal I could find concerning Bowie. However, it was Mick Jagger that led me on the true path.

Of course, David Bowie did ‘Dancing In The Streets’ with Mick Jagger. Jeff Beck has appeared on a couple of Mick Jagger solo albums. Jeff Beck appeared on Brian May’s solo album ‘Another World’. Brian May played on the Black Sabbath album ‘Headless Cross’ with Tony Iommi. And of course Tony was in Sabbath/Heaven and Hell with Dio. After I posted this I realized I can go straight from David Bowie to Brian May since they both performed on ‘Under Pressure’ then to Tony Iommi then to Ronnie James Dio.

Here is the aforementioned Trent Reznor with David Bowie in ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’.

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Six Degrees of Dio: Motörhead


I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I’ve done one of these. I’m really bad at doing regularly scheduled features.

Anyway with the recent passing of rock god Lemmy I thought it was time to dust off this concept and feature this seminal rock band.

I actually didn’t get into Motörhead until the early 90’s. I was aware of albums like Iron Fist, Ace of Spades and Orgasmatron but for some reason I just never picked them up. Then in 1991 my girlfriend at the time bought me 1916 which is still my personal favorite Motörhead album of all time.

Not surprisingly the trip from Motörhead to Dio is a short one as Lemmy co-wrote a number of songs on the Ozzy Osbourne album ‘No More Tears’ which inevitably leads us to the Ozzy to Sabbath to Dio connection.

Here is Motörhead with my favorite song off of 1916, Nightmare/The Dreamtime.

Unfortunately the other thing that they have in common is that these immense talents both played up until the time they were both claimed by cancer. Fuck cancer.


All hail their names. m/

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Trench reviews Into the Wild Life by Halestorm


I don’t want to overhype this but Into The Wild Life is the best Halestorm album so far. It is their heaviest album by far and a little more dark than previous albums. Even the ballads are heavy. Now I’m not talking about sacrificing babies in satanic rituals dark but the album has just enough of a darker edge on it to make it so entertaining to me.

I can not stop listening to this album. Most albums I buy these days I listen to it a couple of times before adding it to the eternal shuffle mix. I’ve been listening to this near flawless album for over a week.

4 1/2 fedoras out of 5

Here’s my favorite track off the album right now, ‘Amen’.

Six Degrees of Dio: Kesha

Kesha, now without the $.

Kesha, now without the $.

Yes, even the queen of trash pop can be connected to the one true metal god.

In 2011 the sing-talking Kesha appeared on the Alice Cooper album “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” playing the devil. If you think that she’s not up to Alice Cooper’s level of talent this is what the man himself had to say about her

Cooper said about Kesha, “I think a lot of my audience is going to go KESHA!?, but she probably wrote the most disgusting lyrics in the song – we had to rein her in.

Personally I think Kesha has the potential to be a shock rocker if she ever chose to go in that direction.

Here’s the connection from her to Dio.

As mentioned she appeared on Alice Cooper’s album, Coop had Ozzy do backing vocals on the sing ‘Hey Stoopid’, of course Ozzy was in Black Sabbath as was Dio.

All hail his name m/

All hail his name m/

Now here is Kesha with Alice Cooper on the aforementioned album with the song ‘What Baby Wants’.

If you can think of a band or act that can be connected to Ronnie James Dio let me know and I’ll use it for a future post, the more obscure or unlikely the better.

Six Degrees of Dio: Halestorm


If you’ve been following my site for a while you should know by now that one of my current favorite bands is Halestorm. Not only are they the best female fronted bands to come along since Joan Jett and the Blackhearts they’re one of the best pure rock bands to have come around in an awfully long time.

Even in their relatively short time in the national and even global spotlight even Halestorm has a connection to Dio.


Lzzy Hale appeared with Mike Portnoy on the latest Adrenaline Mob album. Mike Portnoy has been in several projects with Billy Sheehan. Billy Sheehan has played with Ozzy. Ozzy to Sabbath to Dio.

Now Here’s I Miss The Misery, my favorite song off of Halestorm’s latest album The Strange Case Of…

Six Degrees of Dio: Foo Fighters


I’m not a huge Foo Fighters fan but I recognize that they are a talented band. I like to think that they are the penance for having to put up with Nirvana. Not to mention that Dave Grohl is possibly one of the coolest men alive. He’s also a great musician and a true student and fan of the music that came before him. With such a talent it’s not surprising that the Foo Fighters have a very short trip to Dio.


Dave Grohl was on Tony Iommi’s solo album “Iommi” and of course Tony played in Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell with Ronnie James Dio.

I can only imagine how awesome a project with Dave Grohl and Ronnie James Dio would have been.

Here’s my favorite Foo Fighters song Stacked Actors.

Six Degrees of Dio: Guns N Roses

Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction

I just realized I didn’t do a 6DOD post last week. My bad.

Anyway this week’s subject is Guns N Roses. While Axl deservedly gets a lot of crap GNR were actually a trendsetting band when they hit first hit the national scene in the late 80s. At the time the genre had grown stale and GNR came out with a sound that punched you in the face, nailed your girlfriend and you were happy about it. Unfortunately their meteoric rise to success led to an equally bombastic fall from grace most notably from Axl Rose’s diva-like behavior.

Cool Story Bro time. In the early 90s I saw the triple bill of Metallica, GNR and Faith No More at Giants Stadium. MY girlfriend at the time was a huge GNR fan. I was more of a Metallica fan at the time. GNR was the headline and I told my girlfriend “That’s great, we can leave after Metallica and miss the traffic.” She wasn’t having any of that.

Of course when it came time for GNR to come on they were an hour late and they only played half their set before some object from the crowd grazed Axl. I mean it was New Jersey after all. That’s how they show that they like you. Axl threw a hissy fit and stormed off stage. I grabbed my girlfriend by the arm and said “That’s it. We’re out of here.” I was not about to be caught in a New Jersey riot.

My point is if you treat your fans like shit they will be quick to turn on you. Ironic how Metallica was on that bill too.

Anyway GNR has a surprisingly short trip to Dio.


Slash of GNR played in Slash’s Snakepit with drummer Brian Tichy who has toured with Ozzy Osbourne. And once again from Ozzy we take our usual route from Ozzy to Sabbath to Dio. Legitimately I could call this the 6 Degrees of Ozzy but Dio is a hell of a lot cooler and more talented.

Anyway here’s my Favorite GNR song Rocket Queen.

Six Degrees of Dio: Flotsam and Jetsam


I remember when I bought my first Flotsam and Jetsam album. At the time I was a huge fan of Metallica. This was before they became insufferable douchenozzles. Jason Newsted was playing bass for Metallica at the time and prior to that I knew he was in a band called Flotsam and Jetsam.

I was on a lunch break from work and went into my local Jamesway department store looking for some new music to listen to. I saw a cassette tape of the Flotsam and Jetsam album Cuatro. I bought it and listened to it all the way through. Then listened to it again and again and again. Cuatro became one of those albums that I not only bought in multiple formats but it became one of those albums that I played so much I got sick of listening to it. That’s a compliment by the way. After listening to Cuatro I thought to myself if Queensryche and Metallica had a baby it would be Flotsam and Jetsam. Again this is a compliment as they were two of my favorite bands at the time. An even bigger compliment because while Queensryche and most certainly Metallica have lost a lot of luster since their heydays Flotsam and Jetsam has continued to improve their thrash metal craft. Without hyperbole I say they are the best and most underrated thrash band of all time.


As I mentioned before Jason Newsted played for Flotsam and Jetsam and also played in Ozzy Osbourne’s band which also once again takes to Black Sabbath and then to Dio.

I’m still a fan of Newsted. I think he’s an awesome bass player however I thought Flotsam and Jetsam was better without him.

Here is Flotsam and Jetsam with my favorite song off of Cuatro (Ain’t Nothing Gonna) Save This World…

Six Degrees of Dio: Flogging Molly


Flogging Molly is a Celtic punk band that my son (aka Teh Boy) introduced me to a few years ago. Being raised in an Irish upbringing myself I have somewhat of an affinity for Irish music. Flogging Molly combines the two genres very fluidly in my opinion. Now I don’t enjoy a majority of their songs but the ones I do like I really enjoy.

But yes, even these seminal punks have a connection to Dio.


Although he doesn’t like to talk about it from what I understand, Flogging Molly founder and frontman Dave King was the lead singer of the band Fastway. King was in Fastway with Pete Way. Way once played for Ozzy Osbourne’s band. And from here we take our usual route from Ozzy to Sabbath to Dio.

Here’s Flogging Molly with my favorite song of their’s Black Friday Rule.

Six Degrees of Dio: Dio


Hell yeah I’m going to include the band this feature is named after. Why? Because unless you’re a true Dio fan you probably stopped listening somewhere between Sacred Heart and Lock Up the Wolves. If you did you missed some really great work by Dio.

From Strange Highways here’s Bring Down The Rain..,

From Magica, one of my favorite concept albums of all time, here’s Lord of The Last Day…

And from his last solo album before his death here’s I Am off of Master of the Moon…

In case you’re wondering Dio has a Dio number of divide by zero.