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post #1 of 6 Old 05-18-2010, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

Sunday, May 16th 2010 at approximately 7:45 a.m. heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio passed away at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. For those unfamiliar with him, Dio was a legend in heavy metal. He's famous for "inventing" the now ubiquitous "devil horns" hand gesture (he didn't really come up with the gesture but was the first to use it in a metal context) but more importantly for having an absolutely amazing voice, performing some outstanding music and generally being inspirational and influential to metalheads around the world. Not to mention the fact that he was an extremely likable, friendly and down-to-earth guy.

Dio began his music career in the 1950's, singing in several different early rock 'n' roll bands. Here's an example of his early vocal talent:


By the time the 70's rolled around he had taken up an interest in harder-edged music, first joining the hard rock band Elf and then later singing for Rainbow, the hard rock/heavy metal band started in 1975 by Ritchie Blackmore after Blackmore left Deep Purple. Here's my favorite Rainbow song, featuring Dio's mighty voice:


Rainbow weren't exactly obscure, but Dio got more famous still when he was chosen to front the ailing Black Sabbath after Ozzy unceremoniously left the band. Here's just one example of how he was able to completely reinvigorate the band on his first album with them, 1980's Heaven and Hell:


His short stint with Sabbath allowed him to launch a successful solo career. Here's his most famous (and arguably best) song:


Dio (the band) lasted for quite a while, but legal trouble between Ozzy and other Black Sabbath members led the reincarnation of the Dio-era Sabbath lineup to tour and record under a new name, Heaven and Hell (after Dio's first album with Sabbath). The band was set to tour this summer but dates were canceled due to Dio's health. Here's a song from their only album, released just last year, which showcases just how powerful the man's voice was even into his late 60's:


He will be missed.

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-18-2010, 07:39 AM
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I'm a big Dio fan and was sad to hear of his death.He was one of the good guys of rock,not a prima donna at all,and a truly talented singer and songwriter.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-18-2010, 09:37 AM
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I love the line, "Ride the Tiger" from Holy Diver. That line always stuck out in my head and it is the first thing I think of whenever I hear even a small riff from this song.

This was a great write-up Jim. He will be missed in the music community.

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post #4 of 6 Old 05-18-2010, 11:16 AM
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Agreed, he will be missed. He was a prominent figure during my heavy metal days. Jim, you did a great write up. Thanks for including the links with the bio. It was great listening to them, brought back many great memories!

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-18-2010, 02:35 PM
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A truly talented singer with an awesome voice. I'm glad I got the chance to see him when he was with Blackmore's Rainbow.

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-18-2010, 02:50 PM
I'm gunna miss him too I sadly never. Got to witness him perform.....

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