Dio got some love during the auditions of the 21st season of American Idol.

The band’s classic song “Holy Diver” was sung by Rach Karma in her audition. The 28-year-old singer from Connecticut delivered an enthusiastic performance. (However, it should be noted that her accompanying guitarist was rather awful, but that’s just this author’s opinion.)

While Karma’s vocals were solid, her singing style is just not what is typical of what American Idol looks for. In fact, her performance was met with painful looks from judge/pop star Katy Perry and judge/country star Luke Bryan. Meanwhile, third judge/legend Lionel Richie didn’t seem too phased by the heavy performance.


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After Karma’s performance, Bryan extended his hands to his judges and said, “Shall we pray?” You know…because metal is the Devil or he not-so-funnily tried to make some “holy” reference. Perry then said, “It’s a ‘no’ for me for ‘American Idol,’ but rock on in your own world.

Richie also voted no, but he did seem to appreciate Karma’s song choice saying, “I haven’t heard that song in a hundred years.” He went on to say he’s a big rock fan and counts Rob Zombie as one of his “dearest friends,” which seemed to shock Perry. Clearly, she forgot about Richie’s collaboration with Zombie on a rendition of “Brick House” in 2003.

Coincidently, Dio’s album Holy Diver, which also features the iconic track “Rainbow in the Dark,” turns 40 in May. Keeping scrolling to see which other albums celebrate their 40th anniversary this year.


34 Albums that Turn 40 in 2023

Many of the albums that turn 40 in 2023 represent some of the greatest albums of all time. Some of the artists that released albums in 1983 that went on to become classics include The Police, U2, David Bowie, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Cyndi Lauper and more.

Scroll below to see which albums turn 40 in 2023.

  • Def Leppard - ‘Pyromania’

    Released on January 20, 1983.

  • The Police - ‘Synchronicity’

    Released on June 17, 1983.

  • Lionel Richie - ‘Can’t Slow Down’

    Released on October 11, 1983.

  • Eurythmics - ‘Touch’

    Released on November 14, 1983.

  • Dio - ‘Holy Diver’

    Released on May 25, 1983.

  • Talking Heads - ‘Speaking in Tongues’

    Released on June 1, 1983.

  • U2 - ‘War’

    Released on February 28, 1983.

  • Tears for Fears - ‘The Hurting’

    Released on March 7, 1983.

  • David Bowie - ‘Let’s Dance’

    Released on April 14, 1983.

  • R.E.M. - ‘Murmur’

    Released on April 12, 1983.

  • Iron Maiden - ‘Piece of Mind’

    Released on May 16, 1983.

  • Metallica - ‘Kill ‘Em All’

    Released on July 25, 1983.

  • ZZ Top - ‘Eliminator’

    Released on March 23, 1983.

  • Bob Dylan - ‘Infidels’

    Released on October 27, 1983.

  • Motley Crue - ‘Shout at the Devil’

    Released on September 26, 1983.

  • Ozzy Osbourne - ‘Bark at the Moon’

    Released in December 1983.

  • Slayer - ‘Show No Mercy’

    Released in December 1983.

  • Pink Floyd - ‘The Final Cut’

    Released on March 21, 1983.

  • Cyndi Lauper - ‘She’s So Unusual’

    Released on October 14, 1983.

  • Culture Club - ‘Colour by Numbers’

    Released on October 10, 1983.

  • Billy Joel - ‘An Innocent Man’

    Released on August 8, 1983.

  • AC/DC - ‘Flick of the Switch’

    Released on August 15, 1983.

  • KISS - ‘Lick It Up’

    Released on September 18, 1983.

  • The Rolling Stones - ‘Undercover'

    Released on November 7, 1983.

  • Elton John - ‘Too Low for Zero’

    Released on May 30, 1983.

  • Paul McCartney - ‘Pipes of Peace’

    Released on October 31, 1983.

  • Yes - ‘90125’

    Released on November 11, 1983.

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - ‘Texas Flood’

    Released on June 13, 1983.

  • Depehe Mode - ‘Construction Time Again’

    Released on August 22, 1983.

  • Quiet Riot - ‘Metal Health’

    Released on March 11, 1983.

  • Bryan Adams - ‘Cuts Like a Knife’

    Released on January 18, 1983.

  • Robert Plant - ‘The Principle of Moments’

    Released on July 11, 1983.

  • Madonna - ‘Madonna’

    Released on July 27, 1983.

  • Billy Idol - ‘Rebel Yell’

    Released on November 10, 1983.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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