Extensive line-up changes couldn't stand in the way of a fast-emerging rock force.
In the spring of 1978, Ritchie Blackmore's band scored their highest-debuting UK album to date.
Dio was one of the great heavy metal acts of all time, renowned for amazing explosive live shows when the cranked-to-eleven amplification supercharged events as much as the pyrotechnics.
The masters of British metal rock, they mutated from the blues to genre-defining sonic mayhem with key discs like their self-titled debut, Paranoid, Master Of Reality and the comeback classic 13.
Two musical worlds came together in Purple's epic 1969 live recording.
With a colourful sleeve and a confident rock sound, the debut album by Ritchie Blackmore's new band made its mark.
Of the new hologram, Dio's widow Wendy says: “I'm much happier with the new one. It's a million times better."
Ronnie James Dio rides again with the announcement of the ‘Dio Returns’ hologram tour that pairs the late metal legend with his old Dio bandmates.
Also in Encino, California, last year's Ride brought in over $50,000 for the Dio Cancer Fund.
The auction features 666 items in total including a Charvel guitar, a painting and numerous items of clothing.
Artists taking part include the son of Slash and the daughter of Alice Cooper.
Comedic US glam rockers Steel Panther have been announced as the special guests at the 2018 Ramblin Man Fair in Maidstone, Kent, UK.
After news that Roy Orbison's hologram tour will visit the UK in April 2017, Ronnie James Dio will return in a similar way, and Frank Zappa could be next.
Iconic singer Roy Orbison died in 1988, but will return to tour the UK during 2018, albeit in hologram form supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna delighted fans by singing the US National Anthem at an NFL pre-season game in Buffalo, New York