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’.

If there’s a band or musician you’d like to see featured please leave a comment below.

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/

If there’s a band you’d like to see featured please leave a comment below.

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: Ice-T/Body Count


Here’s a feature I haven’t done in a while. The premise of Six Degrees of Dio is basically the Kevin Bacon game except it connects various bands back to my all time metal idol, the late Ronnie James Dio. Previously I’ve done bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden who perform the same genre of music as Dio. Now I thought I would focus on acts that you wouldn’t think could be connected to Dio, for example rapper Ice-T.

Now Ice-T did have the metal band Body Count but that’s not how he’s connected to Dio. Ice-T did a guest rap on the Black Sabbath song ‘The Illusion of Power’ on the 1995 Black Sabbath album Forbidden. And as we all know Dio was also in Black Sabbath. Here is that song…

Now I know some people are going to get butthurt over the fact that I’ve even mentioned Body Count because of the song ‘Cop Killer’. While I may not agree with the lyrics of cop killer I’d be a hypocrite if I said that song shouldn’t exist while a ton of metal bands have written way worse lyrics. Anyway here’s Body Count with ‘There Goes The Neighborhood’. (NSFW Lyrics)

If you can think of a band or act that can be connected to Dio let me know and I’ll use it for a future post.

All hail his name m/

All hail his name m/

Review of Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life


I had such high hopes for this album. I should have known that it wouldn’t be able to live up to the hype.

For those of you who don’t know ‘Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life’ is a tribute album to the late Ronnie James Dio. With sneak previews of songs by Corey Taylor and Halestorm that were amazing I thought this album was going to be amazing, Metallica being on it notwithstanding. I guess I should have checked the track list before I got this album because I already have three songs on this album from other albums one of which is from a previous Dio tribute album. I also felt that there were some performances on the album that just felt mailed in. However I was happy to see some songs from the 1990 Black Sabbath album ‘Dehumanizer’ on there.

3 1/2 fedoras out of 5. Buy it anyway because proceeds do go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

You’re still missed Ronnie. m/

Here’s one of my favorites from the album, Jasta doing Buried Alive from the aforementioned Dehumanizer album.

Six Degrees of Dio: Iced Earth


If you’ve never heard of Iced Earth the best way I’ve heard them described is they are the American Iron Maiden. In my opinion they’ve surpassed Maiden lately since Maiden hasn’t put out a decent album in 12 years.

They’ve had some great front men too with the likes of Matt Barlow, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, and now Stu Block. I don’t care what the haters say but my favorite era of Iced Earth is when Ripper was at the mic. Glorious Burden and Framing Armageddon are my two favorite Iced Earth albums.

Because of Ripper we can just borrow from his degrees to connect Iced Earth to Dio.


Ripper was in Iced Earth, Vinny Appice appeared on Ripper’s solo album Play My Game. Vinny was also the drummer for the Dio-era Sabbath and Heaven and Hell and in Dio.

Here’s my favorite Iced Earth song of all time A Charge to Keep. For the Barlow fans I’ve included his version as well.

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.