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R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio, May 16, 2010

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Topic: R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio, May 16, 2010
Posted By: Pekka
Subject: R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio, May 16, 2010
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 2:32pm
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=140129 - http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=140129

What can one say... A hell of a vocalist for the heavenly orchestra.


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Posted By: Reed Lover
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 2:35pm
It only seems a couple of months ago that his fight against cancer was announced.

One of the very greatest rock vocalists and very influential.

Play Stargazer in his memory:

http://www.progarchives.com/mp3.asp?id=3254 - http://www.progarchives.com/mp3.asp?id=3254




Posted By: Reed Lover
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 2:40pm
http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/ - http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/


Message from Wendy Dio

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.

- Wendy Dio




Posted By: Raff
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 3:00pm
I am devastatedCry. The whole thing brought back memories of my mom's illness and passing, only a few years ago. We were lucky to see him perform last year with Heaven and Hell. He seemed such a force of nature... I just can't believe he's gone. 


Posted By: FusionKing
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 3:04pm
Holy shit! I didn't even know he was ill! This is really sad news man. Cry


Posted By: NJCat_11
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 3:10pm
I'm shocked.  I had no idea he had cancer.  His legendary voice will be sorely missed.

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Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 3:15pm
Ouch one of the great ones. He will be missed.

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Posted By: Time Signature
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 3:41pm
This is a real tragedy. I knew he had cancer, but I'm still shocked by this fact. He will be greatly missed.Rock in peace Dio. Cry


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Posted By: Stooge
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 3:42pm
Damn.  I just read a few hours ago about a false death announcement and his wife said that he was not dead, but it was not looking good.

I'll have to work some Dio related listening into my schedule today.  R.I.P. Cry


Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 5:23pm
Just got this news on PrOgulus.com,
This is what I wrote at the Forum:

http://www.progulus.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=6783#6783 - http://www.progulus.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=6783#6783
(many folks know on the Station what a HUGE Rainbow/Dio-Sabbath fan I am...)

Thats really fucked up . . .

Well, I'm sure many can imagine what I'm feeling, just take a look at my Icon for the past few months Cry.

I can't tell you what I feel for Ronnie James Dio, his music and especially his contributions to Rainbow.
His songs were EPIC and full of emotion, I used to stare at his Live on Stage Pics that were like portraits
of a Dramatic Actor.  I think he lived those lyrics at those moments, and he felt the surge of emotions
from the crowd.  He re-vitalized Black Sabbath and brought them a new legion of Fans.
His lyrics were, prolific, intelligent and sometimes esoteric, and he played with some of the most talented
musicians in music (let-alone Heavy Metal).
Even though I missed seeing him in Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell, I'd seen him numerous times with his
own Band "Dio".  The Holy Diver Tour, Last in Line, Sacred Heart and I believe for Lock up the Wolves.
The last time I saw them, about 5 years ago, to my amazement he sang Rainbow's  "Tarot Woman",
"Gates of Babylon" and "Stargazer"!  I thought I'd never see the day.  His voice was perfect that night, as
if he were young again.  It was appropriate that night that their was a HUGE Blood Red Full Moon out.
The next day ironically, my Father passed away  Unhappy.

I always wanted to meet him, just to chat, about Life, Art, History and Music, because it seemed those
were the things that meant a great deal to him, as well as his Family.  From every Interview I've seen, he
seemed like a gentle and kind man.
Your voice is eternal, may you watch over your family and give them comfort. I'm sure you see us
shed tears for you and we'll do our best to carry on the the banner and cry...

LONG LIVE!!! ROCK AND ROLL!!!!

Be at peace my friend, and God be with you Cry . . .


To lose the "Iconic" Fantasy Artist "Frank Frazetta" last Sunday, now Dio, this is too much Unhappy


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Posted By: lucas
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 5:29pm
He was reported to have recoverd from stomach cancer some weeks ago and now we learn that he dies. Now he can play cards with John Bonham and Elvis Presley in heaven, in the manner of the angels deicted on the 'heaven & hell' album cover.



on and on, on and on it's.. heaven and hell...alright !



Posted By: RuneWalsh2112
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 5:29pm
This was a huge blow indeed!
Just when I started getting into the first Heaven And Hell-release CryCryCry

He will be truly missed! R.I.P.


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Wait... are those suspenders?!?


Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 5:36pm
Originally posted by lucas lucas wrote:

He was reported to have recoverd from stomach cancer some weeks ago and now we learn that he dies. Now he can play cards with John Bonham and Elvis Presley in heaven, in the manner of the angels deicted on the 'heaven & hell' album cover.



on and on, on and on it's.. heaven and hell...alright !



No kidding Lucas! Smile and his old co-hort from Rainbow, the great Cozy Powell Cry


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Posted By: SouthSideoftheSky
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 5:51pm

Ironically, I was actually listening to Dio when I first read the bad news! I am in the middle of reviewing all the Dio albums... as Wendy said, his music will live forever


Posted By: Morningrise
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 7:15pm
Horrible news. I'm totally shocked. What a sad loss. His music will live on forever.


Posted By: [email protected]
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 8:32pm
Cry


Posted By: alberto muŮoz
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 8:38pm
Originally posted by Morningrise Morningrise wrote:

Horrible news. I'm totally shocked. What a sad loss. His music will live on forever.


This


Posted By: PROGMAN
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 9:06pm
Shocked  When will it stop, all these deaths.

Cry Horrible news.

He had a great voice on him, he was in a few of my all time favourite bands, RIP Ronnie James Dio.


Posted By: Stephen
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 9:21pm
RIP Ronnie James Dio
he truly will be missed Cry



Posted By: Stooge
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 9:22pm
Anybody get the chance to see him live in concert?

I saw Dio at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto with two other legendary acts, Iron Maiden and Motorhead in 2003.  What stands out the most in my head was when they played "Heaven and Hell".


Posted By: NorseGangsta
Date Posted: 16 May 2010 at 9:25pm
I am very saddened by this news and I cried when I heard. Dio shaped what metal is today and we miss him dearly, but he will live on forever through his music. Roch In Peace.


Posted By: topofsm
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 1:13am

The death of a legend... Damn. Dio influenced a great many players. This is indeed a sad day for metal.

 


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Posted By: SouthSideoftheSky
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 1:32am
Originally posted by Stooge Stooge wrote:

Anybody get the chance to see him live in concert?

I saw Dio at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto with two other legendary acts, Iron Maiden and Motorhead in 2003.  What stands out the most in my head was when they played "Heaven and Hell".

I saw Dio live in Copenhagen a few years ago when they headlined a 'mini festival' with three bands. The other two were Uriah Heep and Asia (the John Payne-version). I actually came there primarily to see Uriah Heep, but while I was slightly disappointed with Heep's performance, Asia, and especially Dio, were very positive surprises. Dio opened their set with Rainbow's Tarot Woman! And they played a great extended version of Sabbath's Heaven And Hell together with some of the best Dio songs. Possibly the best concert I have ever been to (with the possible exception of Jethro Tull this year)!


Posted By: Colt
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 2:25am
God damn what awful news to wake up to.
 
A true legend who will be sadly missed Cry
 
I was so so lucky to see him with Black Sabbath in 1980; such an awesome entertainer.
 
Thanks Ronnie Clap


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Posted By: Certif1ed
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 3:28am
OMG...
 
RIP, Ronnie.
 
ROCK IN PERPETUITY!!!
 
Rawks
 
I only saw him live once, on the "Last in Line" tour in 1983 at Hammersmith Odeon - but that was an experience to last me a lifetime.


Posted By: Phonebook Eater
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 6:56am
Dio was one of the most talented musicians in metal. His great voice has accompanied me through all my hardest years, always giving me strength to go ahead. 
R.I.P. Ronnie, and may his music be remembered for ever!Rawks


Posted By: 1967/ 1976
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 8:53am
I'm because my

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Posted By: Stooge
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 9:52am
Lots of rock/metal musicians are paying tribute to the man.  Tony Iommi wrote something, but I haven't read it yet.  Blackmore's statement seemed rather brief.

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/ - http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/

It's amusing reading the comments on blabbermouth as people are pushing for them to put up a memorial banner for Dio, but so far nothing.



Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 10:12am
Definitely sad news.  Dio is one of my all-time favorite metal vocalists (as I am sure he is many other metal fans).  There was definitely a time during the 80's when he was my favorite.  I can remember talking to a guy who worked at a local record store about him, and the next time I came to the store he had made cassette copies of his albums with Elf.  Totally different from what I was used to from him, but still definitely him.  I only had the chance to see him live once and that was on the Lock Up The Wolves tour when he was touring with Yngwie Malmsteen.  It was definitely a memorable show.  R.I.P. to one of the greatest metalheads of all time.

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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 12:52pm
I can't believe it! I was under the impression that he was making good progress. Such sad news, he was one of the truly great rock singers and still had his voice intact even after all these years.
 
Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
 
Cry


Posted By: FusionKing
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 1:01pm
R.I.P. Dio. May your soul be consigned to a happy existence in the greater cosmos forever. Ying Yang


Posted By: RuneWalsh2112
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 3:45pm
Originally posted by Stooge Stooge wrote:

Anybody get the chance to see him live in concert?
I saw Dio at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto with two other legendary acts, Iron Maiden and Motorhead in 2003.  What stands out the most in my head was when they played "Heaven and Hell".


I saw his live performance back in 2005 but unfortunately I never got to see him with Heaven & Hell. Cry


Posted By: Stooge
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 4:10pm
I just came back from a record shop, and saw a couple Rainbow albums and Heaven and Hell put aside by the owner.  Knowing him well enough, he no doubt is going to raise the prices of these albums given the circumstances. Disapprove


Posted By: Harry
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 9:44pm
Was never the biggest fan of his music, but nonetheless, as a metalhead since the 90s, it's understandably a huge blow to the metal world. Another amazing talent has left us.
RIP brother, you'll be deeply missed by the heavy metal community


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Posted By: ovidiu
Date Posted: 18 May 2010 at 1:16am
Great post,man!My heart is bleeding too!I've lost a part of my life with the death of THE LITTLE MAN WITH A GOLDEN VOICE!!!!RIP,Ronnie!You'll be never forgotten!


Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 18 May 2010 at 4:17am
Talk about a Heavy Metal Ambassador!

I just had too put this here, Preach it Ronnie!


Clap

Cry I still cant believe he's gone . . .



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Posted By: ovidiu
Date Posted: 18 May 2010 at 5:41am
Man...Dio was such an intelligent and polite person...a true HEAVY METAL AMBASADOR!A person with so much common sense and realistic vision about actual times...so full of positive energy...I really cry when I see this images with this wonderful musician!The interview is great and Dio's ideas are so correct and true!...WHY...WHY...WHY God took him ?!?!Because he was so true and he still would have had many to say in music!!!!God bless your heart,angel with heavenly voice!He had such a natural voice...even in the interviews his voice is the same...melodic and warm!!!!My heart is bleeding...I'll miss you forever,Ronnie!A true Romanian DIO fan FOREVER!!!


Posted By: Time Signature
Date Posted: 18 May 2010 at 6:46am

Yeah, it's an unbelievable loss. He was such a great singer. And a great guy, according to those who've met him. I also feel for his family and friends - losing a loved one to cancer is a very difficult thing and it takes a long time to recover from.



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Posted By: HeavyMetalMerchant
Date Posted: 18 May 2010 at 9:50am
I saw him play with Heaven & Hell at Challenge Stadium in Perth Western Australia a couple of years back.

The greatest heavy metal singer of all time. The best of the best. Rip RJD


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Posted By: Sean Trane
Date Posted: 19 May 2010 at 4:47am
RIP, RJD Cry
 
One of the best voice around.


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Posted By: ovidiu
Date Posted: 19 May 2010 at 12:23pm
Yes,Sean!
A part of me died together with the loss of DIO!During the comunist period...he was like a LIGHT IN THE DARK for me...annd we STAND UP AND SHOUT when Ceaucescu was banned...I saw him  2 times  LIVE!He was fantastic...My heart is bleeding,man!!!
All my respect...
Ovidiu


Posted By: Pekka
Date Posted: 19 May 2010 at 12:30pm
Geezer Butler on RJD's last days:
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http://www.geezerbutler.com/archives/367 - http://www.geezerbutler.com/archives/367

MY STATEMENT ON RONALD

Posted on May 18, 2010

IN RESPONSE TO THE MANY REQUESTS FOR A STATEMENT HERE GOES:

Itís impossible to express in mere words the relationship Ronnie and I, Wendy and my wife Gloria had. He was much more than a friend, fellow musician, band mate. If I have a soul, then he is part of it. I truly believe God, fate, destiny, whatever itís called, brought us together again in 2006, after not seeing each other for 14 years, to do one final tour, which turned into 3 major tours and an album. We were having a blast together, enjoying each otherís company more than we had ever done before, talking about maybe doing one more album, when fate intervened again. We were planning on doing a 2 or 3 part North American tour, after having toured South America and Europe in Spring /Summer 2009, but on the first leg of the North American tour, Tonyís hand ligaments were in a bad way, Vinnyís shoulder became dislocated, and Ronnie was having terrible stomach pains. We decided to cut the tour, get healthy, and carry on the following year. Tony and Vinny had successful procedures to fix their ailments, but Ronnieís stomach pains were worsening. I saw him at the Dio Halloween party, but he wasnít drinking, unusual for Ronnie who liked his tipple. He was telling me he had made an appointment with a specialist, to see what it wasÖ..

Wednesday, 12th May 2010.

Wendy invited Gloria and I to lunch in Santa Barbara. A few close friends of Ronnie and Wendy, Omar, Simon, Paul, Tim, and Diana, had dropped by. Ronnie had no appetite whatsoever- the disease and the chemotherapy were taking an immense toll. As usual, we talked sports and had a laugh together- it would be the last time. That night, I had a beautiful email from him, that I will treasure forever. I sent him an email saying Iíd see him during the following week.

Friday, 14th May 2010.

Wendy called to say she had taken Ronnie to hospital. The pain had become unbearable. We got to the hospital around 2 p.m. The doctor eventually sedated him. More and more friends were coming to visit- we took it in turns to hold Ronnieís hand, and whisper our thoughts to him. Wendy wouldnít leave his side- she stayed curled up on his bed the whole night. Gloriaís assistant, Debi, kept her company. I emailed Tony to prepare him for bad news.

Saturday, 15th May 2010.

There was no mistaking Ronnieís room. There were around 25 to 30 friends outside his room. We knew the end was imminent. We all wanted to say our goodbyes. It was a day filled with tears and reflection. In the evening, the chaplain came, and we all gathered around Ronnieís bed and prayed. Ronnie wasnít going easily. At 11 p.m., most of us left, leaving Wendy her privacy to say her last farewell. The devastation was palpable.

Sunday, 16th May 2010.

7.46 a.m. As we were preparing to leave for the hospital, Gloria called Wendy to see if she wanted a coffee or any breakfast- she broke the sad news. Ronnie had just passed away.

Wendy Dio has been a true saint through all this. She has been with Ronnie every step of the way. Her courage has amazed us all. Even as I write, she is ensuring Ronnie has the finest send off possible. God bless you, Wendel.

Most people who were there for those last days chose to keep their thoughts private. I wanted to keep my thoughts private, too, but Iíve been overwhelmed by emails, and requests from the media and fans for comments.

I can truly say Iíve never known anyone to have such loyal, loving friends, fans, and family as Ronnie. He really was a special person, blessed with a unique voice and presence. He loved his fans- he would stay meeting and talking to them until the early hours of the morning. One of my fondest memories of him comes from last year, at the Sonisphere Festival,Knebworth. He noticed my sister and her husband at the side of the stage. During our opening song, he took the time to go over and hug them. Just a little thing like that made him special to me. Of course his music will live on forever, as will his influence. I have never seen so many tributes from so many musicians and fans, so many good wishes, no cynicism, just pure love and appreciation for a great man.

God bless you Ronald Ė thank you so much for the wonderful memories.

Love ya,
Geez

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Cry But to die surrounded by friends and loved ones, surely knowing he'd had a good life and touched many people, that's the best way to go I believe.



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Posted By: Raff
Date Posted: 19 May 2010 at 4:02pm
Cry

So very moving, and a reminder of how fragile human life can be.


Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: 19 May 2010 at 4:18pm

I saw a buddy from high school last night who I used to drive to school in the mornings and he started our conversation off by asking me if I had heard that Dio had died.  He mostly listens to rap and hip-hop, but when we were teens driving in the car he was subjected to my metal albums, including at the time The Last in Line and Holy Diver, which he remembers to this day. Evil Smile  He said that he was surprised to have read that Dio was 67 years of age at the time of his death.  That has to be like 120 in rock and roll years.  I don't recall Dio's personal history regarding these, but with all of the smoking of cigs, drinking of alcohol, taking of drugs, and eating of fast food on the road, these guys are murderous on their bodies.  His death is most certainly sad, and in today's age 67 is still too young, but he lived a good long life for a rock and roller, and of course his voice and music will live on forever, or at least for however long that there are ears out there willing to listen to his music.



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Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 19 May 2010 at 5:44pm
Cry . . .

I dont know if Mr. Butler will ever see this (And the great out-pouring of LOVE here for Ronnie),
but from the inner core of my heart and soul . . . thank you Geez!

I once met Geezer at the San Deigo Comic Con, hehe yes. Maybe some of you know he's quite
the fan of Comic Books, I just said "Hello Mr. Butler" and he says to me, "Look! Simon Bisley
gave me this piece of Art, I dont even know him, look at this!".  He was so nice and humble about
his "Fame", he just didnt understand why a talented Artist as Simon (and fellow Brit) would honour
him by giving him a Gift Smile.  I got to meet his Wife as well, was an honour to meet them both.

I can see that Ronnie was surrounded by Love, to me thats far removed from any "Evil" Stereo-types.
I just sit here in tears and cant believe it still.  I hate to say this now that he is gone, but 1st chance I
get, I'll have to get the rest of his Dio catalogue, and the ELF records (I do have "Seeds of Change"
by Kerry Livgren, that Ronnie appears on, but only on LP).

Thank you Geezer for sharing those private moments with us Smile.


I also want to share some things with all of you.  From a Rare Book about Kerry Livgren and his
Spiritual Quest and all things Kansas (He is Founder/Keyboardist/Guitarist/Lyricist) called
"Seeds of Change" (the Expanded Edition 1991 by Livgen and Kenneth Boa). This is what he
said about Dio's vocal contributions to his 1st Solo Album from the same name:


"(About getting different Singers for various Tracks) For "To Live for the King" and "Mask of the Great Deciever", I wanted to find someone with a good deal of power and range but also expressiveness.
As I searched through my record collection, I recalled someone who had a voice like that.  His name was Ronnie James Dio, and I had seen him years before with a band called Elf. Unlike the other singers, I didn't know Ronnie James; so my manager, Budd Carr, made the initial contact.
I chose Ronnie James strictly on the basis of his vocal abilities.  Even though he had begun to sing with Black Sabbath, Ronnie is no Satanist.  People have asked me why I included him in my solo album, and the answer is that I saw him as the right singer for two of the songs.  In addition, his work on my album gave him an opportunity to sing lyrics which are diametrically opposed to what he does in Black Sabbath.  This provided a clear witness to him about Christ."

"I was a little concerned about how some of these singers would react to the Christian content of the lyrics.
But all the vocalists sang with great conviction.  Weather they believed what they were singing or not, they all put their hearts into it.  Ronnie James' improvisation at the end of "To Live for the King" was certainly witness to that.  Some of the lyrics he added amazed Brad (Engineer) and I, considering that he came up with them ad lib."

Heres what Kerry said in an Interview in 2006 for Modern Guitars Magazine:
http://www.modernguitars.com/archives/002160.html - http://www.modernguitars.com/archives/002160.html

What was it like to work with Ronnie James Dio?

KL: "It was fantastic! What a professional. Heís one of the most classic singers to come out of the whole era. When I had the opportunity to work with him, of course, it was kind of controversial. Here I am a Christian artist and Iíve got the singer from Black Sabbath. [Laughing] I still get emails and stuff about that. It was a very controversial thing to do. But to me it was the most natural thing in the world. He was the perfect vocalist for those songs. I thought it would be interesting to hear him sing the other side of the struggle."


I hope to hear from him soon about the sad news. Though he himself almost died from a Stroke
a few months ago. I would be REALLY messed up if we had lost him too.  Apparently, off and
on he has been working on a Concept Album based on "Lazarus" for about 20 Years.

One last thing:

Originally posted by rushfan4 rushfan4 wrote:

I saw a buddy from high school last night who I used to drive to school in the mornings and he started our conversation off by asking me if I had heard that Dio had died.  He mostly listens to rap and hip-hop, but when we were teens driving in the car he was subjected to my metal albums, including at the time The Last in Line and Holy Diver, which he remembers to this day.

I had remembered this the other day, I used to make "Compilation Tapes" (sometimes I'd hook-up
other Walkmans, Cassette Decks and a VCR through my Radio Shack Mixer and add Sound FX
into the music around a Theme), and I made alot of Metal Mixes back in the late 80's.  Even then I
was a real hard-core Top40 hater, so one Tape would start with a "Madonna" song (I used to call
her "Madonkey") like "Lucky Star" and about the time it got really irritating, I added a Turntable
needle across a LP scrrrrRRRREEEAAACCCccchh! and Dio's "Stand up and Shout" would come
right in to set-up the rest of the barrage of Metal LOL (I would do the same with "I Speed at Night"). 
My friends would laugh in their cars as we headed off to Record Stores and Concerts BLASTING
my Tapes.  Some nice memories Smile.

We're keeping the Shouting alive Ronnie!!!






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Posted By: ovidiu
Date Posted: 20 May 2010 at 2:59pm
In this last days,after the death of one of my dearest idols,I made a true DIO musical overdose!From ELF to DIO..passing by RAINBOW...and SABBATH...and digging deep into DIO's solo albums...I realised that this little man was unique!I really miss him so much and I cry almost everyday since Monday...and I realise also that there WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER DIO ever!he was something like a magician in hard rock and metal-in rock in general!A true wonderful voice and a beautiful character!He offered so much to the humanity and he was so devoted to this music at 200 %!At almost 70 years--AMAZING-he still rocked at an unbelieveble high degree of passion and belief!All our respect and endless admiration for a man that didn't know the word COMPROMISE!!!!God bless him...His music it now a precious treasure and he'll never be forgotten!!!Endless tears  and eternal bleeding of my soul for you Ronnie...OVIDIU from ROMANIA  in mourning..


Posted By: Time Signature
Date Posted: 27 May 2010 at 9:20am
I had a nice Dio-experience in a restaurant on Crete a couple of days ago. I was wearing my "Holy Diver" t-shirt, and one of the waiters noticed and said "Ah, Dio... long live". That was his way of wishing Dio a happy afterlife.


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Posted By: micky
Date Posted: 27 May 2010 at 7:46pm
one thing I've been thankful for to Raff, musically, was introducing me to the greatness of RJD.  Always liked him... but really came to appreciate him through her. 


Posted By: Silver Shade of Lead
Date Posted: 30 May 2010 at 6:48am
Whether in Rainbow, in Sabbath or in his own solo efforts, Dio stands not only among the top vocalists in heavy metal and hard rock, but also among the finest frontmen back then. Anyone who plays Holy Diver will surely acknowledge it as a cornerstone album for the Heavy Metal genre that the 80s brew.

We all must go sometime, but I wish I could have heard him sing in Heaven and Hell, in July.



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