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.” LINK

The world has lost one of rock’s greatest voices. This video was made in Philly around 1982 AND I WAS THERE. Somewhere in this crowd, at the height of metals arena rock domination, was a 16ish lad from N.E. Philly who would go on to internet greatness as a blogger. Well at least become a fire fighter.
Anyway I remember this concert because it was one of the greatest metal shows EVER. It is legendary. There was fire, lasers, a giant pyramid and two dueling Sphinx’ that battled it out with eye lasers. All that and the towering vocals of Ronnie James Dio. Simply unbelievable. I found out years later that the concert was filmed. I’ll have to track it down now.
I was lucky enough to see DIO one last time in Camden NJ about a year ago when he toured with Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Everyone in the crowd was raving about his performance after all these years. His voice was as strong as ever. A little guy height wise, Ronnie James Dio will be remembered as one of the good guys of Metal with an incredible voice and a big heart. Simply put a GIANT of rock. RIP R. J. DIO. You rock.


8 Responses to RONNIE JAMES DIO: RIP

  1. D. says:

    I got to be front row for his 1986 concert. (Had to be lifted out of the crowd, because I was stupid, with a knee injury and imobilizer…long story.)

    He was an amazing singer and it was always evident that he had the respect of his peers. He seemed to be quite a gentleman. A true showman, too.

  2. One of the all time greats hands down.

  3. Ingineer66 says:

    That is really cool that you got to see this live. I texted a couple of old friends from my heavy metal high school days about his death after reading this.

  4. urdead2me says:

    RIP – Ronnie James Dio, 67, can probably be credited for popularizing the “devil’s horns” often seen raised at heavy metal concerts. Nice obit here:

  5. Wyatt Earp says:

    Rainbow in the Dark is a GREAT tune!

    As is, The Last in Line

    • C/A says:

      Yea there are so many to choose from. I picked that one for the video quality and the Philly ref. Really was one of the greatest shows I ever saw.

  6. USAdmiral says:

    RIP Dio. One of the very best.

  7. RT says:

    He used to say that Philly was his favorite city to play, because the fans were so good.

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