R.I.P. Ronnie James…

When i was growing up it was all about the Metal! And nobody could bring the metal like Ronnie James Dio, who died yesterday after battling stomach cancer.

The Metal and I soon grew apart, but there are some artists that i’ve always kept tabs on and who’ve never lost their Rock-God status; Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Ozzy & of course, Dio. Back in the day, these guys were all over MTV (pre-hair bands), and Dio had some classics. Now, YouTube doesn’t have the original videos for some reason, but there are plenty of great live versions, so let’s get reacquainted, shall we?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy6URlmeUpk]

What’s most fascinating about Dio is that he’s quite a little guy, yet possesses the voice of the Gods! Matched only by his polar opposite, Brudda IZ. Let’s check out another classic!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUXSTY9AW-s&feature=related]

I’d heard that if you held Dio upside down, you’d see the Devil! A few years back i was walking down Melrose in Hollywood and lo and behold there was the Rock God himself! I promptly walked up to him, introduced myself, picked him up, flipped him over, yet saw nothing! Dio just kept shouting, “The Logo you idiot! The Logo!”

Rest In Peace, Ronnie James Dio

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLOzKtSuPBE]

Tony
Media Producer
PlayNetwork, Inc.

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  • What a total drag. He was a talented dude. You’re dating yourself by not mentioning Rainbow.

    For those too young to know, Rainbow was formed by Ritchie Blackmore when he left Deep Purple. Dio was the lead singer of DPs opening band Elf and Blackmore basically took over Elf, minus their lead guitarist and renamed it Rainbow.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_(band)

    - John