Monday, May 17, 2010

Ronnie James DIO Sad News

Heavy Metal singer Ronnie James Dio passed away yesterday (May 16 at 7:45PM) after after his battle with stomach cancer.  He was 67 years old.  He was well known for showing the "Devil's horns".

Dio in action with Tony Iommi.

Dio had been due to tour with Heaven and Hell (with Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler) to support Iron Maiden this summer but that had been cancelled due to his health.

In the past Dio sang with Rainbow (with Ritche Blackmore from Deep Purple), Black Sabbath and another recent Sabbath reincarnation Heaven and Hell.  He also had his own band called Dio which contained Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard at one stage.

On a personal note, one of my first albums was Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell which is one of the strongest classic Sabbath albums.  It was one of the first songs I wanted to play on guitar.  Also I saw him play live a few years ago.  It was a fantastic non stop 2 and half hour gig where he played the whole of the Dio Holy Diver album back to back.  He was a great singer and frontman and will be sadly missed but as Slash has said his music will live on forever.

"Sing me a song, you're a singer. 
Do me a wrong you're a bringer of evil."
Ronnie James Dio, 2010, Heaven and Hell.
Rock in Peace.

1 comment:

  1. Ahhh.... I miss the legendary singer .... Though its been over a month since he passed away, but he still rules my iPod ! Heaven and hell is one of my favorite metal track that I could listen again n again ! RIP Ronnie !


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