Games Meet Metal: Ronnie James Dio: 1942-2010

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Ronnie James Dio: 1942-2010

You've all heard about it by now. You've shed a tear. You dragged out that old copy of Holy Diver and have given it a few spins. You remembered first hearing Dio's voice, and wondered how the hell someone could have pipes that amazing. I know this, because I've been doing it too.

What can be said at this point that hasn't already been stated in the past 24 hours? Just go on to Blabbermouth and read all the testimonials from artists big and small. From Lars Ulrich to Into Eternity, everyone is coming out of the woodwork to give their condolences and share their memories. You'll hear mostly about how kind the man was: how he would remember someone's name after meeting them for a split second a year ago, or how he would give the opening band a $100 bottle of wine just because.

I'll always remember him for his stage presence. I was fortunate enough to see Dio perform with Heaven and Hell twice, and both times it was a sight and sound to behold.

Good bye Ronnie. You'll always be our rainbow in the dark.

1 comment:

  1. Sing me a song, you're a singer
    Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil.

    Sad times indeed. I am happy that I had the chance to see him with Heaven and Hell a couple of years ago and I've always enjoyed his interviews. He is a very well-spoken man and will be sorely missed.