As previously reported, the Ronnie James Dio tribute album This Is Your Life will hits retail and digital outlets next week. This weekend, however, will see an official East Coast unleashing of the album at a listening party in Brooklyn, with all proceeds to benefit Dio's Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010.
This Is Your Life contains covers of Dio classics 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 .
Corey Taylor tells ABC News Radio that there was no question in his mind which song he'd choose to contribute -- he was adamant about recording "Rainbow in the Dark." He says, "When I was asked to do this, I knew that there was only one song that I wanted to do. And luckily it was open, so I definitely called dibs."
Taylor explains that the tune has "been one of my favorite songs since I was young. I can remember seeing the video on MTV and just being transfixed by it. Just the song itself is so powerful -- a really amazing song."
Corey Taylor's version of Rainbow in the Dark is available for streaming at GuitarWorld.com .
The first single from Stand Up and Shout was released earlier this week. 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 .
The Stand Up and Shout East Coast listening party hits Duff's in Brooklyn on Saturday, March 29 at 10pm.
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