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Metallica Release Ronnie James Dio Medley -- Streaming Live Now

Image courtesy of Adrenaline PR (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Adrenaline PR (via ABC News Radio)

The first single from the  Ronnie James Dio  tribute album  This Is Your Life  has been released. The tune is by  Metallica  -- it's called "Ronnie Rising" and is actually a four-song medley of Dio songs, streaming now on  Rolling Stone.com

Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010. The singer's widow,  Wendy Dio , is the co-founder of the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, an organization that focuses on supporting stomach cancer research and raising awareness about the disease.

Wendy Dio also curated and produced  This Is Your Life . She tells ABC News Radio that Metallica joined the project late, but was no less welcome. "I started mentioning that I was putting this together [at various functions I went to], and a couple of people had already come in and recorded," she says.  "And then Metallica called our office and said, 'Are we too late?' and I said, 'Absolutely not.'"

Once Metallica signed on, Wendy Dio says it was impossible for the band to choose just one song: "They were big fans of Ronnie's and always had been. They were going through all kinds of songs and they just couldn't decide which one, so they ended up doing four, as a medley." 

This Is Your Life  also contains contributions from   Corey Taylor  of  Slipknot  and  Stone Sour , plus  Scorpions ,  Motörhead ,  Judas Priest 's  Rob Halford ,  Anthrax ,  Tenacious D ,  Halestorm , and former members of Dio, Rainbow and Black Sabbath. 

This Is Your Life  hits retail and digital outlets April 1.

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