Intermission (Dio album)

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 the song "Time to Burn" in the studio with him, which was added to this album.

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Live album by
ReleasedJune 1986
RecordedDecember 6, 1985
VenueSan Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California
studio track at Amigo Studios and Record Plant, Los Angeles
GenreHeavy metal
LabelWarner Bros. (North America)
Vertigo (rest of the world)
ProducerRonnie James Dio
Dio chronology
Sacred Heart
Dream Evil
Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]

The band was featured on many radio-broadcasts but fans who had hoped for a double live album were somewhat disappointed with this release, especially as the guitar parts of the now-departed Campbell seemed 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 listingEdit

Side one
1."King of Rock and Roll"Ronnie James Dio, Vivian Campbell, Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice3:41
2."Rainbow in the Dark"Dio, Campbell, Bain, Appice4:42
3."Sacred Heart"Dio, Campbell, Bain, Appice6:23
Side two
4."Time to Burn"Dio, Craig Goldy, Bain, Claude Schnell, Appice4:26
5."Rock 'n' Roll Children" / "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" / "Man on the Silver Mountain"Dio / Dio, Ritchie Blackmore / Dio, Blackmore9:40
6."We Rock"Dio4:54




Chart (1986) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[5] 57
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[6] 85
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 63
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 22
US Billboard 200[9] 70


  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!. Vol. 124. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 19.
  4. ^ Saulnier, Jason (24 March 2012). "Vinny Appice Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0703". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  7. ^ " – Dio – Intermission" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Dio | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Dio Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2021.

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