RIP Ronnie James Dio

May 16 2010

If you are a fan of hard rock, you know who Ronnie James Dio is. Today he passed away after a year long battle with stomach cancer. Ronnie will be missed, not only for his voice, but for being one of the nicest men in the business.

I wanted to share a something of Ronnie on this blog entry. I thought I would grab a video of him performing, but I found this instead. Here is Ronnie fighting cancer just one month ago. He is gracious to his doctors. His attitude is one of kicking cancers butt and getting back on stage. That didn't happen, but I think the message is one everyone needs to hear.

5 Responses to “RIP Ronnie James Dio”

  1. 1) Patrick Kwinten says:

    "one of the nicest men in the business"

    that he sure was.

  2. 2) Jason says:

    He had a voice which defined the genre I think. He was 'iconic'. An overused phrase these days, I know, but not in his case.

  3. 3) Benoit Dubuc says:

    Dio was to me what Iron Maiden was back in the early 1980s. I remember taking my school lunch money to buy Dio's Last in Line vinyl. His music is great, the lyrics are very intelligent and his voice was pure bliss. My Dio albums have a special place in my heart, and now more than ever.

    I was lucky to saw him live as he opened up for Iron Maiden a couple of years ago, and it ws amazing to see young kids singing all of Dio's songs, even the newest ones I didn't know. He lives through generations and I'm sure his music will be heard for many generations to come.


  4. 4) John D Head says:

    I saw that Maiden tour Benoit and Ronnie was awesome. Dio was always a bit metal cheesy for me (the band, not him). And Sabbath is a band I reverre, I just don't listen to them very much. But what gets me is that he clearly was a nice guy - no one ever had anything bad to say about him. Even Ozzy - who Dio replaced, never had anything bad to say.

  5. 5) Benoit Dubuc says:

    To be honest John, I stopped following Dio after the album Sacred Heart, as I too found it a bit cheesy. But Holy Diver and The Last in Line were really good albums back then. Just remember, we had bands like Twisted Sister, Maiden, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Rush, Van Halen, Ratt, Dokken, ... Dio was part of the top bands back then for me, and he seemed like a real gentleman alright.

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