Remembering Ronnie James Dio
On this day in 2010, Ronnie James Dio died from stomach cancer. The 67-year-old metal singer had fronted many bands, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio. Gibson looks back: Among the very last songs Ronnie James Dio ever recorded was "Metal Will Never Die," an ode to the fist-pumping power and glory that Dio, himself, personified. It's been just one short year since his untimely death, on this day in 2010, and those words echo as loudly today, if not louder, than when the diminutive metal god with the golden voice first delivered them. Dio's death, though not surprising to the legion of metal fans who knew he had been ill for quite some time, galvanized the heavy metal community in an unprecedented way.
Fellow Friends Remember the Legend...
Today (May 16) is the second anniversary of the passing of the legendary Ronnie James Dio. He had one of the best singing voices in metal, or any other genre. He fronted bands including Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven and Hell. After battling stomach cancer, Dio died in 2010 at the age of 67. His passing left a huge void in the music industry, as he was one of the most talented and beloved figures in metal. Two years after Dio's death, many of his contemporaries in the music world such as Tim “Ripper Owens, David Draiman (Disturbed), Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Johnny Solinger (Skid Row) and many others paid tribute to Ronnie via Twitter.
Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick): Its been 2 years since the passing of one of the all time greats, Ronnie James Dio. Here was my tribute: http://www.alexskolnick.com/skolnotes/goodbye-ronnie-james-dio/
Tim 'Ripper' Owens (@TimRipperOwens): RIP Ronnie James Dio! A great man.. We all miss you!
DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN): ALL HAIL THE MEMORY OF THE MIGHTY RONNIE JAMES DIO, ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL AND ICONIC VOICES OF ALL TIME.
Brian Fair (@brianshadfall): Will be rocking to Ronnie James Dio all day. RIP.
Johnny Solinger (@JohnnySolinger): 2 Years ago today we lost Ronnie James Dio.. He's hangin under A “Rainbow In The Dark” R.I.P.
Doug Aldrich (@Douglas_Aldrich): Going to visit Ronnie tomorrow with the family. Can't believe it's been two years that he is gone.
Ol Drake ||:)= (@olevile): RIP Ronnie James Dio ~ Here's Destruction's “Stand Up and Shout” recorded for him last year. I had the soloing honour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErdZr_LvWHE
john deservio (@BLSBASS): 2 years ago today we lost Ronnie James Dio. Missed but never forgotten. R.I.P. Ronnie.
Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk): t's officially Wed here on the E Coast, & the 2nd anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. RIP my friend, you will NEVER b forgotten.
Brandon Geist (@BrandonGeist): Ronnie James Dio. R.I.P. Such an honor to give him the Golden God for Best Vocalist before he passed. So deserved.