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Old 05-16-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default RIP RJD

RIP dio! heaven and hell one of my favorite metal albuims of all time and then the last in line not to far behind!

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Default Metal legend Ronnie James Dio dead at 67

one of my favorite muscicians in the 80's / early 90's ... RIP DIO

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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."
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DAMN...YOU BEAT ME BY A FEW MINUTES...
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Holy diver! No way!
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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/

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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.

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That's so sad, for a great front man. RIP.
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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.
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