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Ronnie James Dio 1942-2010

I’m struggling to write this as the tears well up. I am, along with countless thousand of metal fanatics, totally and utterly broken by the news this evening.

Ronnie James Dio, solo artist and vocalist for Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell has passed away after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 67.

Suffice it to say, I’m blasting ‘Holy Diver‘ whilst I knock out this short tribute to such an iconic artist.

Rock and metal has, throughout it’s history, lost many incredible artists too soon. RJD has joined them. For me, aside from Bon Scott or Freddie Mercury, no-one else has had the vocal power that Ronnie held. He had such incredible power and range. Yet, aside from his vocal prowess and inspired, fantastical songwriting, he brought something just as vital to metal.

He gave us the devil horns. That everlasting and instantly recognisable symbol of metal. The masonic handshake for metal-heads globally. Taken from  the ‘evil eye’ superstitions from his Italian heritage, Ronnie applied it to his performances with Sabbath and subsequently in every show from DIO to Heaven & Hell. It would become and remain the universal acknowledgement of being ‘METAL‘.

He was more than a hand gesture, however. By all accounts, and certainly from interviews I have read and watched of him, he was a charismatic, polite, warm and friendly man. He was, and through his music, will remain an icon forever.

I think the finest tribute has come from his wife, Wendy:

“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”

Ronnie, thank you for everything. Rest In Peace.

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May 16, 2010 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment