Rainbow in the Dark

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"Rainbow in the Dark"
Single by Dio
from the album Holy Diver
B-side Stand Up and Shout (live), Straight Through the Heart (live)
Released October 21, 1983
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1983, Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:15
Label Vertigo (Europe), Warner Bros. Records (US/Canada)
Writer(s) Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell
Producer(s) Ronnie James Dio
Dio singles chronology
"Holy Diver"
"Rainbow in the Dark"
"The Last in Line"

"Rainbow in the Dark" was the second single released by heavy metal band Dio, taken from their 1983 album, Holy Diver. It was numbered 13 on VH1's "Top 40 Greatest Metal Songs".[1]

The song was covered by Corey Taylor, with support from Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci & Jason Christopher for the Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life - Tribute.

Music Video[edit]

The music video was filmed close to the time of the original studio recording of the song. The story takes place in central London. Scenes alternate between shots of the main characters and Ronnie James Dio, initially in handcuffs, singing from a rooftop and include shots of tourist attractions such as Nelson's Column, Westminster Bridge, Picadilly Circus, and Soho.[2] Rowan Atkinson stars as the main character[3] who follows a woman on foot until he finds her dancing with members of the band in an alley while they play the song.

In popular culture[edit]

It is featured in the video game Rock Band 3 and the films Bad Teacher (2011) and Ricky 6 (2000).

The band Goldfinger briefly plays the song in their cover of the Duran Duran song "Rio", appearing on the Duran Duran Tribute Album (1997). The last chorus pays tribute to Dio.

It is used as the title of an independently published graphic novel, written and illustrated by Comfort Love and Adam Withers. The book was nominated for a Harvey Award in 2011.[4]


  1. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel; reported by VH1.com; last accessed September 10, 2006.
  2. ^ http://www.vh1.com/video/dio/518092/rainbow-in-the-dark.jhtml
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000100/otherworks
  4. ^ "The Harvey Awards: 2011 Nominees (Winners in Bold)". Graphic Novel Reporter. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 

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