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devilsdancefloor
05-16-2010, 05:27 PM
RIP dio! heaven and hell one of my favorite metal albuims of all time and then the last in line not to far behind!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obit_ronnie_james_dio

MasterOfPuppets
05-16-2010, 05:38 PM
one of my favorite muscicians in the 80's / early 90's ... RIP DIO :shake02:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ronnie James Dio, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in heavy metal, died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67.

Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J. with the latest incarnation of Black Sabbath, under the name Heaven and Hell.

"Today my heart is broken, Wendy Dio wrote on the singer's site, adding he died at 7:45 a.m. "Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.

"Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all," Wendy Dio continued. "We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us ... Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

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The statement was confirmed by Los Angeles publicist Maureen O'Connor.

Dio rose to fame in 1975 as the first lead singer of Rainbow, the heavy metal band put together by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who had just quit Deep Purple.

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Dio then replaced legendary vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980 with the critically acclaimed album "Heaven And Hell," considered by many critics to be one of the finest heavy-metal albums of all time. His on-again, off-again tenure with Black Sabbath touched off an intense debate among fans as to which singer was the true essence of the band a discussion that lasted until his death.

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He also enjoyed a successful solo career with his self-titled band, Dio, in between his three stints with Black Sabbath (1980-82; 1992; and 2007-2009, when the band toured as Heaven And Hell, to differentiate it from Osbourne-led versions of Sabbath). Dio was also inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood in 2007.

Many of his most memorable songs revolved around the struggle between good and evil, including his signature tune "Heaven And Hell. He also drew heavily on medieval imagery in songs like "Neon Knights, "Killing The Dragon and "Stargazer.

"He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy metal, and had a heart to match it, said Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band toured with Dio since 1983, and was to do so again this summer at European rock festivals. "He was the nicest, classiest person you would ever want to meet.

Dio organized an all-star charity collaboration in 1986 called "Hear N Aid" to raise money for famine relief in Africa, styled on the successful "We Are The World" campaign of a few years earlier.

His solo hits included "Rainbow In The Dark," "The Last In Line" and "Holy Diver."

Wendy Dio said that friends and family were able to say their goodbyes to her husband, and asked for privacy. She concluded: "Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

MasterOfPuppets
05-16-2010, 05:40 PM
:jammin:

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MasterOfPuppets
05-16-2010, 05:49 PM
DAMN...YOU BEAT ME BY A FEW MINUTES...:doh:

Leftoverhard
05-16-2010, 07:03 PM
Holy diver! No way!

GutterflowerSteel
05-16-2010, 07:34 PM
I was lucky enough to see him on the Last In Line tour with Accept as the opener. RIP Ronnie James - one of the greatest voices in metal ever \m/

♪♫**. .**♫♪ Sing me a song, you're a singer ~ do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil ... The devil is never a maker, the less that you give you're a taker ... And it's on and on and on ... Heaven and Hell ♪♫**. .**♫♪

tony hipchest
05-16-2010, 10:07 PM
wow. i woulda never guessed he was 67 years old.

i loved the story how his grandma used to always show the 'devil horns" at him as a kid. :jammin:

rip

steelerdude15
05-16-2010, 10:49 PM
That's so sad, for a great front man. RIP.

Galax Steeler
05-17-2010, 03:53 AM
R.I.P DIO

revefsreleets
05-17-2010, 08:58 AM
I'm a HUGE Dio fan...this one really stings.

In the early 80's, Dio personified heavy metal too me. I remember him commenting on a few other really awesome metal singers way back in the day and saying things like "unimpressive" and "weak-voiced" and thinking to myself that ONLY RJD has the right to that opinion, because it's only true when compared to him.

Heaven and Hell will always be, IMO, THE 80's metal album. It ushered in the era of 80's metal. Black Sabbath was great with Ozzy, but they were 100% a 70's metal band, and practically invented the genre. However, if you listen to Ozzy led Sabbath, it's unmistakeably 70's, and you can't escape that. The songs were melodic (especially songs like Sweat Leaf, N.I.B. and Children of the Grave), but they were already dated by 1980 when Sabbath released H&H. That album just blew me away, and it made me aware that metal had changed (for the better) forever. In fact, I've been listening to Dio-era BS a lot lately already, and I think the Dio work holds up even today.

Saw him at the Orlando H.O.B. in 2001, and he still totally brought it, just as strong-voiced as he was in '83.

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio.

Indo
05-17-2010, 10:14 AM
I was lucky enough to see him on the Last In Line tour with Accept as the opener. RIP Ronnie James - one of the greatest voices in metal ever \m/

♪♫**. .**♫♪ Sing me a song, you're a singer ~ do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil ... The devil is never a maker, the less that you give you're a taker ... And it's on and on and on ... Heaven and Hell ♪♫**. .**♫♪

The World is full of Kings and Queens
Who blind your eyes
and steal your Dreams
It's Heaven and Hell

oh well....

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413PFKN4ZTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg


one of my favorite songs/albums of all time


RIP Dio
(didn't know that he had gastric cancer (fairly rare and almost always fatal...), but I did think that he has looked "sick" in recent photos)

Indo
05-17-2010, 10:22 AM
And let's not forget The Mob Rules...



It's over, it's done
The end is begun
If you listen to fools,
The mob rules


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TARGFQ5NL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

revefsreleets
05-17-2010, 10:42 AM
And let's not forget The Mob Rules...



It's over, it's done
The end is begun
If you listen to fools,
The mob rules


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TARGFQ5NL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
Mob Rules and TV Crimes are my favorite RJD/Sabbath songs...

GutterflowerSteel
05-19-2010, 09:48 PM
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/OfficialRonnieJamesDio?v=wall&story_fbid=118773404825745


There will be a Public Memorial Service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.

This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from ar...ound the world.

For those of you that will be flying in from out of town or out of the country, we have made special rates at various local hotels available to you! Just go to our official Facebook Page for hotel information.

Wendy Dio has asked that in lieu of sending flowers, please make a donation to the Ronnie James Dio "STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND." Please send donations to the Niji Entertainment Group, 12400 Ventura Blvd. #624, Studio City, CA, 91604. Thank you.

silver & black
05-20-2010, 06:09 PM
Mob Rules and TV Crimes are my favorite RJD/Sabbath songs...

My favorite off of Mob Rules is Sign of The Southern Cross.

I saw Dio with Rainbow in 1976 on the "Rising" tour. I saw Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules tours, plus Holy Diver, Last In Line, and Sacred Heart tours.

The man with the golden voice will live forever in the history of Rock music.

revefsreleets
05-21-2010, 07:27 AM
You know, he wrote and performed a few new songs with Sabbath as recently as 2008. Check out "Ear in the Wall". Even as old-timers they lay the metal hammer down, and his voice is remarkable for a dude 65 years old...

devilsdancefloor
05-21-2010, 04:26 PM
You know, he wrote and performed a few new songs with Sabbath as recently as 2008. Check out "Ear in the Wall". Even as old-timers they lay the metal hammer down, and his voice is remarkable for a dude 65 years old...

http://www.myspace.com/heavenandhellmusic

check it out rockin tunes from the new album this was done in 2009

KeiselPower99
05-21-2010, 10:52 PM
And let's not forget The Mob Rules...



It's over, it's done
The end is begun
If you listen to fools,
The mob rules


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TARGFQ5NL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Mob Rules was the first Dio Sabbath album I bought and is my favorite lineup of Sabbath. Dio is one of my top 5 singers of all time. This is a very sad time in Metal. Dehumanizer is one heavy album also. Rest in Peace Dio.

revefsreleets
05-24-2010, 11:05 AM
http://www.myspace.com/heavenandhellmusic

check it out rockin tunes from the new album this was done in 2009
I did not know that.

Thanks...what I've heard so far is pretty kick ass.