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Wiki -     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_James_Dio

 

 

http://news-briefs.ew.com/2010/05/16/black-sabbath-lead-singer-ronnie-james-dio-dead/

 

 

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jA6HT4q0zJZ0g1f80auXnU5vacJQD9FO6D100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 16, 2010

Metal icon Ronnie James Dio dead at 67

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    Heavy metal lost one of its icons Sunday when singer Ronnie James Dio died at 67. He was being treated in a Houston hospital for stomach cancer.

    “My heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m,” said a statement by his wife, Wendy, posted Sunday on the singer’s Web site and confirmed by publicist Maureen O'Connor.

    Dio’s neo-operatic voice was one of metal’s most distinctive instruments, an over-the-top stylist perfectly suited for a genre that demanded excess. 

    He fronted some of metal’s most revered bands, including a Deep Purple offshoot called Rainbow, the second incarnation of Black Sabbath and his namesake group, Dio. As a result, he had a hand in a half-dozen of metal’s greatest albums, including Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” and Dio’s “Holy Diver.” Most recently he was heard fronting a Sabbath offshoot, Heaven and Hell, which released a fine 2009 album, “The Devil You Know,” and toured extensively in 2008-09. 

    Dio’s piercing voice and equally flamboyant persona – he is sometimes credited with popularizing the two-fingered “devil’s horns” gesture – made him fodder for affectionate parody, most notably by the best-selling comedy duo Tenacious D.
    
    Dio was born Ronald James Padavona in 1942 in Portsmouth, N.H. He began playing in rock bands starting in the late ‘50s in Cortland, N.Y., and eventually formed the band Elf in 1969. A tour as opening act with Deep Purple led to Dio’s first big break – he caught the ear of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who formed the band Rainbow with the vocalist.

    The singer then joined Black Sabbath in 1979 after the departure of Ozzy Osbourne, and sparked one of the group’s best albums, “Heaven and Hell.” He would continue working off and on with Sabbath and Sabbath band members throughout the remainder of his career, in between stints with Dio – a classic, old-school metal band that toured and recorded consistently over the last three decades. The Dio band released 10 studio albums since 1983 and went through numerous lineup changes, with the singer the sole constant.

    For many fans, Dio embodied metal’s virtues, notably its confrontational power and hell-raising subject matter. That affection spilled over into the comedy of Tenacious D – a duo led by movie star Jack Black --- who wrote the tribute song “Dio” and even had the singer appear as an oracle of sorts in the movie “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.” Dio guides the young Black to pursue his dreams. “Now go, my son,” he bellowed, “and rock!” 

    greg@gregkot.com
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This is indeed a sad day. Rest In Peace, Dio.

 

I would put a witty but respectful reference to one of his songs here, but I can't think of one.

 

:(

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^ Holy Diver
You're the star of the masquerade
No need to look so afraid
Jump on the tiger
You can feel his heart but you know he's mean
Some light can never be seen

 

Only Dio song I know to be honest. 

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RIP Ronnie. It's a sad day indeed. 

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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post

^ Holy Diver
You're the star of the masquerade
No need to look so afraid
Jump on the tiger
You can feel his heart but you know he's mean
Some light can never be seen

 

Only Dio song I know to be honest. 


Ah, I know plenty of Dio songs, I just couldn't think of a good reference.

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terrible news indeed.

 

RIP RJD, the greatest metal vocalist of all time...

 

T _ T

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RIP Ronnie \m/

 

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Sad news.  I was hoping he'd beat the cancer.  Earlier reports gave some reason for optimism.  But not to be.  :(

 

I wonder what he chose to sing to St. Peter? 

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I loved his voice and grew up listening to his music, but his philisophy, which was public and not hidden, tells me he wont be singing there. :(

 

RIP Dio...

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RIP Dio....

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RIP - let the music carry on....

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RIP. You will be missed.
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Wow, this is shocking.  Based on the scant details throughout the months, I really thought he had this thing beat.  Very sad.  Now I have to try to comfort one of my students tomorrow who was a HUGE fan. :(

 

RIP, Ronnie.

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This is awful, I had read an article a few months ago that said he was still touring.

 

R.I.P. Ronnie

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj3mKYASycg&feature=player_embedded

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I hate to be a lyrics poster, but these from "Light in the Black" work just right.


All my life it seems
Just a crazy dream
Reaching for somebody's star

Can't believe it all
Did he really fall
What to do now, well I don't know

Something's calling me back
Like a light in the black
Yes, I'm ready to go
I'm coming home, home, yeah

I've got my way back home
To the sky
There in the sky
I see your star


Edited by bhjazz - 5/17/10 at 3:22am
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