Intermission (Dio album)

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Live album by
Released June 1986
Recorded December 6, 1985
Venue San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California
studio track at Amigo Studios and Record Plant, Los Angeles
Genre Heavy metal
Length 34:20
Label Warner Bros. (North America)
Vertigo (rest of the world)
Producer Ronnie James Dio
Dio chronology
Sacred Heart
Dream Evil
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10[2]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[3]

Intermission is the first live album released by the American heavy metal band Dio in 1986 on the label Vertigo Records in Europe and Warner Bros. Records in North America. The live songs were recorded with guitarist Vivian Campbell during the first leg of the Sacred Heart tour. Craig Goldy replaced Campbell in mid-tour, and the band wanted something to represent the new line-up, so they recorded in studio the song "Time to Burn" with him, which was added to this album.

The band had featured on many radio-broadcasts but fans who had been hoping for a double live album were somewhat disappointed with this release, especially as the guitar parts of the now-departed Campbell seem low in the mix.

The original UK release came with a postcard-pack.

In 2012, the album was included as bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of Sacred Heart

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "King of Rock and Roll" Ronnie James Dio, Vivian Campbell, Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice 3:24
2. "Rainbow in the Dark" Dio, Campbell, Bain, Appice 6:10
3. "Sacred Heart" Dio, Campbell, Bain, Appice 6:10
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Time to Burn" Dio, Craig Goldy, Bain, Claude Schnell, Appice 4:24
5. "Rock 'n' Roll Children" / "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" / "Man on the Silver Mountain" Dio/ Dio, Ritchie Blackmore/ Dio,Blackmore 9:38
6. "We Rock" Dio 4:34




Year Chart Position
1986 UK Albums Chart[5] 22
German Albums Chart[6] 63
Billboard 200 (USA)[7] 70
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[8] 85


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Dio Intermission review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 98–99. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ Dickson, Dave (10 July 1986). "Short Intermission". Kerrang!. 124. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 19.
  4. ^ Saulnier, Jason (24 March 2012). "Vinny Appice Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Dio Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  6. ^ "Album – DIO, Intermission". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  7. ^ "Intermission Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 44, No. 18, July 26, 1986". Library and Archives Canada. 26 July 1986. Retrieved 2013-11-06.

External links

  • Intermission at Black Sabbath Online
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