Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with BLACK SABBATHRAINBOWand his own band DIO, died of stomach cancer 10 years ago (May 16, 2010) at the age of 67.

Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

A free public memorial service was held on May 30, 2010 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, attended by more than 1,500 fans, friends and fellow musicians.

In March 2011, it was announced that the surviving members of the final lineup of DIO would embark on a project with former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens under the name DIO DISCIPLES.

Ronnie James Dio, real name Ronald James Padavona, was born in New Hampshire on July 10, 1942.

He moved to Cortland, New York at a young age, where he began playing with local acts. A street in Cortland, Dio Way, was named after him in 1988.

He released his first single, with a band called RONNIE AND THE REDCAPS, in 1959.

His first heavy rock act, ELF, released three albums and opened for DEEP PURPLE, where Dio‘s voice caught the ear of guitarist Ritchie BlackmoreBlackmorerecruited Dio for his own band, RAINBOW, after leaving PURPLE in 1975.

Dio recorded three studio albums and one live set with RAINBOW before exiting in 1978, including “Rising”and “Long Live Rock And Roll”.

He replaced Ozzy Osbourne in BLACK SABBATH in 1980, recording the “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” albums, plus “Live Evil”, before leaving in 1982. He rejoined the group 10 years later for an album called “Dehumanizer”, and again teamed with the group under the HEAVEN & HELL banner in 2006. HEAVEN & HELL released an album called “The Devil You Know”in 2009.

He also recorded 10 studio albums with his own band, DIO, including a classic 1983 debut, “Holy Diver”, and an equally renowned follow-up, 1984’s “The Last In Line”.

Dio was also behind the HEAR N’ AID project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track “Stars”in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief.

Rock and metal musicians around the world paid tribute to Dio in the weeks and months following his death. STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylorshared his feelings with The Pulse Of Radio about the fallen metal icon. “When I got that news that he had passed away, man, it seriously — it broke my heart. It broke it in two. Because honestly, I just feel like there will never be another Ronnie James Dio. He had such a pure voice — and still singing his ass off. I just know he’ll be missed, and I will miss him as well.”

Ex-VAN HALEN and current SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE bassist Michael Anthony also shared his memories of Dio with The Pulse Of Radio. “I don’t know anybody that didn’t grow up listening to his stuff,” he said. “You know, VAN HALEN, we used to do from the first RAINBOW album, we did ‘Man On The Silver Mountain’. I remember one time, the second VAN HALEN tour we were doing some festivals in Europe, and we actually played on the same show as Ronnie‘s band. Real powerful voice, you know, and definitely a driving force in hard rock music, that guy was.”

Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that he felt the loss of Dio very keenly. “He’s just somebody I was influenced by,” he said. ” I played all the RAINBOW stuff, I played the DIO stuff, the SABBATH stuff when I was in, you know, high school. I don’t think that it’s really set in what a, you know, huge figure in rock ‘n’ roll we lost, you know. Really major. Probably one of the most influential heavy metal singers of all time.”

RONNIE JAMES DIO Remembered On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


2017’s Thor: Ragnarok was one of Marvel’s best movies to date. I think so, the critics think so, heck, Quentin Tarantino thinks so. So everyone who cares about these kinda things is very excited that Ragnarok writer/director Taika Waititi — fresh off his Oscar win for Jojo Rabbit — is returning for the fourth Thor movie, which will be called Thor: Love and Thunder.

That title is already pretty metal (I can’t hear/read it without thinking of Mastodon’s “Blood and Thunder“), and Waititi made excellent use of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” in Ragnarok.

And it sounds like Waititi won’t be shying away from Thor’s metalocity in this new flick: “The movie Thor 4, they’re using ‘Rainbow in the Dark’ in that movie,” Wendy Dio recently told Australia’s Subculture Media. Whether or not it will play as prominent a role in Love and Thunder as Led Zep did in Ragnarokobviously remains to be seen, but it’s not hard to envision the title character and his allies kickin’ ass and takin’ names to the Dio classic.

 will say it’s kinda B.S. that we’re four movies deep into the Thor franchise (not counting his appearances in the various Avengers films) and they still haven’t employed any viking metal, but hey, Disney owns the property, that there’s gonna be any metal in it is a minor miracle.

You can listen to the entire Wendy Dio — in which she also reveals RDJ’s connection to the new season of Stranger Things — below. Thor: Love and Thunder is scheduled for release on November 5, 2021.

Dio is Coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Black Sabbath: Heaven And Hell

Following the firing of Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath enlisted the vocal talents of one Ronnie James Dio to produce the outstanding Heaven And Hell in 1980.

Sabbath had been in a bit of a rut with their previous couple of albums (Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die!), so the lineup change presumably stirred their creativity. Dio had just recently parted ways with Rainbow, so the change was probably good for him, as well.

Heaven And Hell is full of amazing songwriting and performances, from the majestic title track, to scorchers like Lady Evil, Neon Knights, and Walk Away, plus more layered tracks like Children Of The Sea and Lonely Is The Word.

The production was top of the line for the time it was recorded.

I admit it is a little hard for me to accept any singer but Ozzy in front of Sabbath, the Dio era did produce amazing music (and it also allowed Ozzy’s own stellar solo career to blossom).

In that regard, change can definitely be good.

Heaven And Hell is a fantastic album from the originators of so many heavy metal moments and genres.

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