Yesterday one of, if not the, best heavy metal vocalist of all times passed away.
Ronnie James Dio was around in the music world for over 50 years, and without a doubt he has influenced and inspired almost anyone in the heavy metal scene – for instance, just read the letter from Lars Ulrich of Metallica, condolences from Iron Maiden and post from Kiss. Also, based on accounts by numerous people, he was one of the kindest persons in the music business, and humble as few.
Ronnie had one of the strongest voices ever and it kept on going strong throughout his entire career, spanning from the bands Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath to his own band, entitled Dio. During his last years, he was playing with the band Dio and again with the friends from Black Sabbath under the name Heaven and Hell.
Personally, I can’t believe he’s gone – I always felt certain he would live forever, and given his enormous form the two times I was blessed to see him perform live there was nothing to prove anything different, and they were evening I will never forget.
It is a sad sad day for music when Ronnie has been taken away from us.
Rest in peace, Ronnie, and thank you for everything!