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Metallica To Pay Tribute To Deep Purple And Dio

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Metallica will be part of a tribute to Ronnie James Dio and Deep Purple on an upcoming compilation organized by Dio's widow, Wendy. Ronnie died of cancer in 2010 after a protracted battle.

"We reached out to Wendy Dio about wanting to be a part of the Dio tribute that's getting put together," said Metallica's James Hetfield in an interview with Metal Hammer magazine.

Others mentioned for the project include Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Dave Grohl, Ian Gillan and Lemmy Kilmister.

"I'm letting them pick what songs they wanna do in the way they wanna do it," Wendy told Artisan News.

"We're circling the Dio and Purple catalogues and hopefully we'll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men," added drummer Lars Ulrich.

The tribute is slated for a late 2012 release.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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