May 17, 2010 by esarsea
Ronnie James Dio 7/10/42 – 5/16/2010
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Here’s my favorite Rainbow tune. So sorry for his loss. And he seemed very, very nice in interviews and rock shows on the tube. Rare!
Thank for the vid, so sad :'(
From the PLANET ROCK website:
“Yesterday, 16th May, my dear, dear friend Ronnie James Dio passed away at 7.45 a.m. L.A. time. I’ve been in total shock; I just can’t believe he’s gone.
“Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. We had some fantastic times together. Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing onstage. He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others.
“I can honestly say it’s truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years. His music will live on forever.
“Our thoughts are with [Dio’s wife/manager] Wendy Dio, who stood by Ronnie until the end. He loved her very much. The man with the magic voice is a star amongst stars, a true professional.
“I’ll miss you so much, my dear friend.”
“Ronnie had a unique and wonderful voice. He will be sadly missed in the rock and roll world.”
“It is with huge sadness we hear that Ronnie has lost his battle against stomach cancer, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Wendy and family at this terrible time. From his earlier years in Elf, Black Sabbath and Dio, right through to his most recent days fronting Heaven and Hell, Ronnie, time and again, proved his genius as a frontman, always giving his all to his fans and his music. Ronnie was not only an incredibly gifted singer but also a wonderfully warm, intelligent and generous person and this shone through both on and off stage leaving a positive mark on everyone he came into contact with. A longstanding friend of Maiden, we played many shows together over the years and we will all miss him greatly.
“The world has lost an irreplaceable talent and, first and foremost, one of the finest human beings you could ever wish to meet.”
Steve, Bruce, Adrian, Dave, Janick, Nicko and Rod
“I’m truly upset, especially since he seemed to be rallying at the Golden Gods show.
“Bon Voyage, Ronnie. Rest in peace.
BRIAN MAY, QUEEN:
“It’s a shock to hear that Ronnie has gone. Even though we had all known he was battling with cancer for some time, he was such a wiry fighter, and of such an amazingly optimistic nature, I think I assumed he would go on forever.
“Well, he fought to the very end … was gearing up to go back out on tour … I know this will be a very hard blow for my friend Tony Iommi. When I last saw Ronnie in Los Angeles, he was as full of life and positivity as anybody I’ve ever known … and sang up a storm with Heaven and Hell in the Universal Amphitheatre. In my opinion, Ronnie was one of the creators of the genre of Heavy Metal. I’m not an expert on his work – there are many people much more knowledgeable than me … but our paths crossed many times over the years, and I had clear glimpses of his unique spirit and personality. He was in many ways the antithesis of the current mould of TV-bred singers. He had no apparent desire for fame, in the sense that so many X-factor contestants seem to. He was not a TV face, a ‘celebrity’. He just loved doing what he did. So, to his millions of fans, there was an unquestionable feeling of reality to his persona, his song-writing, and his performances. His lyric-writing was very distinctive, and set a style in Heavy Metal which has influenced many bands over the years. To me, it was as if his mind operated in layers – on the surface, a hard-working honest singer, with a great humanity and strong sense of humour – and underneath, in the world of his songs, his subconscious seemed to be populated by hobgoblins of all kinds, and palpable evil forever on the march. His lyrics, dark and mysterious, in tune with the Metal ethos, always represented the sword of goodness in triumph over evil. I don’t know if he invented the Devil-Horn Salute, but he was certainly the man who, more than ever, made it a universal symbol, a world wide salute of Metal. He was universally loved in the community of Rock Music, and will be sorely missed.”
“In addition to his powerhouse vocal ability, Ronnie was a true gentleman who always emanated great warmth and friendship to us and everyone around him.
“We will miss him.”
NIKKI SIXX, MOTLEY CRUE:
“Rest in Peace Ronnie. You inspired millions of us.”
LARS ULRICH, METALLICA:
“I just got off stage in Zagreb. I was met with the news that you’ve passed on. I’m kind of in shock, but I wanted you to know that you were one of the main reasons I made it onto that stage to begin with. When I first saw you in Elf, opening for Deep Purple in 1975, I was completely blown away by the power in your voice, your presence on stage, your confidence, and the ease with which you seemed to connect to 6000 Danish people and one starry-eyed 11 year old, most of whom were not familiar with Elf’s music. The following year, I was so psyched when I heard the results of you joining forces with my favorite guitar player. You guys sounded so right for each other and I instantly became Rainbow’s #1 fan in Denmark. In the fall of 1976, when you played your first show in Copenhagen, I was literally in the front row and the couple of times we made eye contact you made me feel like the most important person in the world. The news that you guys were staying in town on your day off somehow embedded itself in my brain and I made the pilgrimage to the Plaza Hotel to see if I could somehow grab a picture, an autograph, a moment, anything. A few hours later you came out and were so kind and caring… pictures, autographs and a couple minutes of casual banter. I was on top of the world, inspired and ready for anything. Rainbow came to Copenhagen a couple more times over the next few years and each time you guys blew my mind, and for a good three years were my absolute favorite band on this planet. Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to run into you a half dozen times or so and each time you were as kind, caring and gracious as you were in 1976 outside the hotel. When we finally got a chance to play together in Austria in 2007, even though I may not have let on, I was literally transformed back to that little snot nosed kid who you met and inspired 31 years earlier and it was such a fucking honor and a dream come true to share a stage with you and the rest of the legends in Heaven and Hell. A couple of weeks ago when I heard that you were not going to be able to make it to the Sonisphere shows that we would be sharing this June, I wanted to call you and let you know that I was thinking of you and wish you well, but I kind of pussied out, thinking the last thing you needed in your recovery was feeling obligated to take a phone call from a Danish drummer/fan boy. I wish I’d made that call. We will miss you immensely on the dates, and we will be thinking of you with great admiration and affection during that run. It seemed so right to have you out on tour with the so-called “Big Four” since you obviously were one of the main reasons that the four bands even exist. Your ears will definitely be burning during those two weeks because all of us will be talking, reminiscing and sharing stories about how knowing you has made our lives that much better.
Ronnie, your voice impacted and empowered me, your music inspired and influenced me, and your kindness touched and moved me. Thank you.
DOUG ALDRICH, DIO & WHITESNAKE
“I’m going to miss him so much.
“We lost a giant…
“Just broken today.
“I was blessed to share some music with him, but mostly, I am thankful his friendship.
“Ronnie was a good-hearted, caring man. He brought so much happiness through his music.
“Thank you, Ronnie, for the gifts you shared with us.
“Ronnie made magic and Ronnie was and will always be golden.
“Goodbye, Ronnie. Love you forever.”
“Dio was a shining light of rock/metal authenticity. He was a completely dedicated artist with massive talent. It’s likely that his vital contributions will continue to inspire well into the future. He is now legend. But more than all this, Ronnie was a really cool guy. I mean reeeally cool.
“God bless you, brutha.”
“I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Metal has truly lost one of its greatest voices. My heart goes out to his family and to his many fans.”
GRAHAM BONNET, RAINBOW
“It was a horrible day yesterday.
“I want to thank him for being a good friend, and drawing the map for me, when I was in doubt of the role I would play in RAINBOW.
“My musical background was so different from his but I listened and learned the way to be a replacement, as such and followed the master of hard rock singing, and the name he used to call me — ‘Gray’… the only American that abbreviated my name that way. It was funny to hear…
“Thanks, Ron!! And Wendy, I know, will keep him in her heart forever.
“My love goes out to him and his family…
“Only one Ronnie!”
“Ronnie James Dio was undoubtedly one of heavy metal’s greatest performers and will continue to influence the world of heavy metal forever. He was certainly a very big influence on QUEENSRŸCHE and along the way became a cherished friend too. We will all miss him greatly, but Ronnie will live on every time we raise our metal horns high! The man on the silver mountain will always be our rainbow in the dark.”
“We are filled with great sadness at the terrible news about our friend Ronnie James Dio.
“Our condolences and love go to Wendy and Ronnie’s family.
“Ronnie was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.”
DAVID COVERDALE, WHITESNAKE
“[I was] so very sad to hear of Ronnie’s passing… My thoughts, prayers and condolence to his family and friends.”
“Crying right now in remembrance of my hero and friend, Ronnie James Dio.
“Dio died this morning and he was a major, major part of my life. I got to do shows with him and work with him and I loved Dio my whole life.
“Thanks so much.
“The world has lost one of the best.
“Your last album was your best. Of course.”
“Ronnie died at 7:45 a.m. this morning, but his music will live for eternity.”
From Roadrunner records;
Metal lost one of it’s most powerful voices yesterday with the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Battling stomach cancer for the last several months, Dio fought hard and inspired hope in others before succumbing to the disease. On his official website, just a touching remembrance from his wife and manager remains:
“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.” – Wendy Dio
Responding to the sad news, Roadrunner artists Dream Theater, Opeth, Megadeth, Machine Head, Korn, Trivium and more offer their condolences and remembrances.
Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy writes, “Rest in peace, Ronnie James Dio… one of the greatest of all time. Looks like Dime, Randy, Cliff and Bonzo just scored the ultimate singer. This is one of the saddest days in metal ever.”
Slipknot/ Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor tells Billboard.com that Dio was “one of the strongest, purist and consistent singers of all time. Ronnie sang like he lived — all out, from the heart, with so much honesty and joy. He was a great man with a smile and a handshake for fans and peers alike. He spoke his mind and stood his ground for decades. I will miss him dearly.”
Killswitch Engage, who also spoke to Billboard.com, called Dio’s passing “a very, very sad day in metal, and this one hits pretty hard. Dio was one of the greatest metal singers of all time. His soaring vocal lines even to this day, strike a chord in me that few other singers can come close to. Even in his old age, Dio rocked harder and more on point then 99% of the singers out there. He is truly a musician’s musician; a model for the new school to aspire towards. A man who stuck to his guns, and played the type of music HE wanted to play…and extremely well at that!”
Rob Zombie wrote in to MTV News to say, “”It is a very sad day for the world of metal when an artist as unique and special as Ronnie James Dio leaves us. He will forever be imitated but he will never be duplicated.”
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