RIP Ronnie James Dio

Old 05-17-2010, 04:41 AM
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Default RIP Ronnie James Dio


A fitting video for me.........I was at this concert in Philadelphia

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Dang RIP
Heavy metal legend ... Ronnie James Dio, who has died from stomach cancer, aged 67. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
The heavy metal singer, Ronnie James Dio, has died at the age of 67. He had been suffering from stomach cancer.
Dio was best known for fronting Black Sabbath after the departure of Ozzy Osbourne, but he was also involved in the bands Elf, Rainbow, Heaven & Hell and Dio during a career stretching over 53 years.
His current band, Heaven & Hell, which features other former members of Black Sabbath, had announced earlier this year that they were pulling out of their summer commitments due to the singer's ill health.
His death this morning was announced by his wife and manager, Wendy, on his official website. She said: "Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7.45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all.
"We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.
More than 7,500 people posted tributes to the singer on his official Facebook fan page within a hour of his death being announced.
Dio rose to fame in 1975 as the first lead singer of Rainbow, the heavy metal band put together by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who had just quit Deep Purple.
He then replaced Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980 with the album Heaven And Hell, widely considered to be one of the best heavy metal albums.
His on-off tenure with Black Sabbath led fans to debate whether he or Osbourne represented the true essence of the band. Dio is widely credited as having popularised the "devil's horns" gesture in heavy metal music during his time with the band.
"He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy metal, and had a heart to match it," said Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band had toured with Dio and was to do so again this summer at European rock festivals. "He was the nicest, classiest person you would ever want to meet."
Dio organised an all-star charity collaboration in 1986 called Hear N' Aid to raise money for famine relief in Africa.
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Another tribute for a legend. You have to love the "D", yes they are actor/comedians but they can rock.

If you haven't seen this, Dio is the last 1/3 of the video (after Meatloaf).
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\m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ RIP \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/
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Big Sabbath/ Tommy Iommi fan for years......saw them at the Mid-South Coliseum in the early 80's, first tour with Dio at lead, and they were great. Went back and dug out some of Dio's prior stuff, he was unique. RIP.

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Rest in peace RJD.
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I thought it was funny how everyone thought his "devil horn" salute was a form of worship. In fact it is an Italian gesture called "mano cornuta" , to ward off evil spirits, that he learned from his Italian grandmother.

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That little sucker sure could sing. Saw him with Rainbow in Nashville around '76. Always thought his first single, "Rainbow In The Dark", was connected with him leaving the band. He was much better as a solo artist than he was with Sabbath, but his work with Rainbow was his best IMO.
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You've been left on your own like a rainbow in the dark.


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