Sunday, May 16, 2010

RIP Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

I'm really dumbstruck by this news. I don't have much to say except that this is the greatest loss the heavy metal community has ever experienced. Dio was a brilliant musician who defined heavy metal vocals during the genesis of the genre. His contributions to heavy metal cannot be understated. The man stayed active and, in the past few years, more relevant than many of his contemporaries with his reunion with Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell. Until he was diagnosed with stomach cancer not even 6 months ago he was fully committed to touring and making music with Heaven and Hell. Everyone should put on a Black Sabbath, Dio, Rainbow or Heaven and Hell record today. Celebrate his prolific career by enjoying the music he made for us all. Rest in peace Ronnie Dio.

See his official website for a message from his wife, Wendy Dio.