Today May 16th,2010.....Metal lost an Icon...Legend....Incredible Voice...And true original Ronnie James Dio...
For me personally...Dio was and will always be one of my favorite singers of all time...
It all started in 1976 with Rainbows 2nd album 'Rainbow Rising'....Then on to 'Long Live Rock&Roll' in 1978...Me cranking it all on a eight track stereo(God damn I'M old! )I'm sure most of you youngsters have never even heard of 8 track before....It was before cassettes...Anyways..It was 1980 when Dio made his best,When he joined Black Sabbath and put out the legendary 'Heaven & Hell' album. Now this album means alot to me then and still is in heavy rotation today.
I was on the way to see Sabbath in 1981 for the Heaven & Hell tour but spent the night in jail instead(But that's a whole other story)All the way to see Heaven & Hell the band reenact that album some 27 years later.
Lets not forget his solo stuff..Which was very cool also...'Holy Diver' was on my radio last night as I was enjoying a bonfire at the beach....'Last In Line' was another of his great recordings.....In the end Ronnie James Dio's music and voice will live on forever and I'm sure he will be fronting whatever great band he appears in..In the afterlife...With Horns raised !.....And shouting: "Look Out"
R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona); July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010