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 Power metal
Length 4:15
Label Vertigo (Europe), Warner Bros. Records (US/Canada)
Songwriter(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"
"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 video's location takes place in central London, with scenes alternating between shots of a man following a woman through a street lined with pornographic cinemas, and Ronnie James Dio singing from a rooftop. The implied malicious intent of the man is made evident during the guitar solo, when guitarist Vivian Campbell (and later bassist Jimmy Bain) appear and effectively "scare" him away after he follows the woman into a moviehouse, with the woman kissing Campbell on the cheek in apparent gratitude. The video includes shots of tourist attractions such as Nelson's Column, Westminster Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, and Soho.[2]

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. The music video for the song also utilizes clips from the original Rainbow In The Dark music video.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 46


  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. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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