Ronnie James Dio ‘Dreamers Never Die’ Doc TV Premiere Next Month

November 19, 2022

“Dio: Dreamers Never Die”, the career-spanning documentary about the life of Ronnie James Dio, is finally coming to TV (Showtime) on December 1. You’ll also be able to stream it on the Showtime app!

The doc was authorized by Dio’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio (who also served as executive-producer) and looks at Dio’s career; back to his time as a ’50s doo-wop crooner, to his rock band Elf, and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, to replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, before starting Dio.

As you’d expect, the documentary is full of never-before-seen footage and personal photos, and lots of scenes with family, friends, and rockstars: Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Glenn Hughes, Vinny Appice, Lita Ford, Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach and Jack Black.

Dio’s widow Wendy talked to Audio Ink Radio about carrying on Ronnie’s legacy, “I just think that Ronnie was always overlooked during the time that he was alive. And after his passing, I just felt that his music was something that he wrote for the fans, he performed for the fans. He loved his fans and that should continue on and carry on. That’s one of the reasons why we did the documentary, was so that people could understand him, understand his life and where he came from and the trials and tribulations he had. He wasn’t an overnight success. He paid his dues, for sure. And also to get his message out there. Ronnie’s message was always, like, follow your heart, follow your dreams [and] don’t give up.”

Ronnie James Dio died of gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. He’s widely recognized as one of the best hard rock singers of all-time. He was 67.

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Written by Todd Hancock