Dio were an American metal band fronted by namesake veteran hard-rock vocalist Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath). The band released four albums on Warner Bros. between 1983 and 1987, followed by titles on Reprise, Steamhammer, and Spitfire during the subsequent two decades. Members: Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar, 1982-86), Jimmy Bain […]


Derringer were an American hard-rock band from New York that released three studio albums and two live discs on CBS-subsidiary Blue Sky between 1976 and 1978. Namesake guitarist/vocalist Rick Derringer had a string of solo albums to his credit as well as time with Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, and ’60s pop-rockers The McCoys. Bassist Kenny […]


Axis were an American hard-rock trio from Shreveport, La., that released the album It’s a Circus World on RCA Victor in 1978. Guitarist/vocalist Danny Johnson and drummer Vinny Appice hailed from Derringer. Johnson later replaced Yngwie Malmsteen in Alcatrazz. Appice joined the Mob Rules lineup of Black Sabbath and proceeded to the band of vocalist […]