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R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

Legendary Heavy Metal Vocalist Ronnie James Dio has unfortunately died of stomach cancer this morning, 16 May 2010.

Ronnie has been in the music scene for over 50 years. His works with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio are mandatory in any metal collection. That being at least Ritchie Blamore's Rainbow, Rising and Long Live Rock n' Roll (Rainbow), Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules (Black Sabbath), Holy Diver and The Last in Line (Dio). Cirith Ungol used to warm up for Dio-era Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath's classic LP "Heaven and Hell", is also on Greg Lindstrom Top Thirty list. If you don't have it already, get your copy of the Deluxe Edition of this album.


Also of interest to Cirith Ungol and Falcon fans should be the Holy Dio tribute album featuring Destiny's End covering The Last in Line, where Perry Grayson plays on.


Read more about this tragic loss at Blabbermouth or Black Sabbath. Also be sure to check out the pics of Dio taken by Greg Hazard, Cirith Ungol's official photograph!.


Dio's the best singer on earth.

-Tim Baker, 1982

Picture below: Ronnie James Dio and Tim Baker.

Rest in peace.




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2010-05-17 02:14:45
Rüdiger Stehle

Even if it didn't come unexpected, this is still shocking. A terrible loss for all those with hearts and souls connected to Heavy Metal. He has always been there and has given us all so much. In eternal gratitude: Farewell Ronnie!

2010-05-17 01:48:42

I was expecting this to happen soon, but at the same time unbelievable. Long live rock n' roll, Long live Ronnie James Dio!


Some of my favourite tracks with Dio on vocals:

Black Sabbath - Sign of the Southern Cross.

Dio - All The Fools Sailed Away

Dio - Born on the Sun

Rainbow - Stargazer

Rainbow - Temple of the King


Ronnie anno 1960:


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