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Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio is one of heavy metal’s most legendary lead vocalists, and undoubtedly its most well-traveled, having fronted no less than three classic bands, including the one that took his last name. Ronald James Padavona was born to sing on July 10, 1942, and his amazing trajectory took him from late ‘50s doo woo groups, through ‘60s British Invasion and psychedelia, until detouring into the boogie-woogie-driven classic rock of his early ‘70s rock band, Elf. But Dio’s big break arrived in 1975, when he was hired to front Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow for a trio of seminal studio LPs. He then replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath for a pair of equally lauded efforts. Come 1983, Ronnie was finally prepared to strike out on his own with Dio, and the band he recruited, featuring guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Vinnie Appice and keyboardist Claude Schnell, soon became a top concert draw, thanks to stellar albums like ‘Holy Diver’ and ‘The Last in Line.’ Dio’s popularity began to wane towards the end of decade, as a succession of lead guitarists (Craig Goldy, Rowan Robertson) passed through the group’s ranks, and Ronnie eventually put the band on ice for a couple of years to rejoin Black Sabbath for the ‘Dehumanizer’ album and tour. But this reunion, too, proved short-lived and typically acrimonious, so by 1993 Dio — the band — had been revived with the help of guitarist Tracy G, former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and the ever-dependable Appice. Over the ensuing decade, the group would record and tour in support of five well-received studio albums (weathering the occasional musician change up along the way), until Ronnie was lured back into the Sabbath fold yet again, this time under the Heaven & Hell moniker. After hitting the road to the delight of longtime fans, Heaven & Hell recorded three new songs for 2007’s ‘Black Sabbath: The Dio Years’ compilation, and then topped that with a complete album of new material in 2009’s ‘The Devil You Know.’ Tragically, Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer later that same year, and would eventually pass away on May 16, 2010 — but not before leaving behind one of the most impressive legacies in heavy metal history.

   
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Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Announce 2nd Annual ‘Bowl 4 Ronnie’ Event

Get ready to roll! The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has announced details for the 2nd annual 'Bowl 4 Ronnie' event in Studio City, Calif.

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Chad Childers, Loudwire

Wendy Dio: Ronnie Would Have Approved of Hologram

Wendy Dio has said that Ronnie would have approved of the hologram that debuted at Wacken and revealed the release date of the 'Decade of Dio' vinyl box set.

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Photo by PG Brunelli

Ronnie James Dio Hologram Joins Dio Disciples at 2016 Wacken Open Air Festival [Updated With Official Video]

Dio Disciples wowed the audience at the Wacken Open Air festival performing with a hologram of the late great Ronnie James Dio.

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Glenn Hughes Talks Tony Iommi Collaborations, Paying Tribute to Ronnie James Dio

Rock icon Glenn Hughes discusses collaborating with Tony Iommi + performing onstage at Heaven and Hell's final show in a salute to Ronnie James Dio.

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Philip Anselmo Says He ‘F–king Hates Rock Stars,’ Praises Lemmy Kilmister, Ronnie James Dio + More

During his interview and question and answer event, Philip Anselmo discussed his distaste for arrogant rock stars while praising those who are down to earth.

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33 Years Ago: Dio Release ‘Holy Diver’

If Ronnie James Dio hadn’t been kicked out of Black Sabbath, one of the hallmarks of metal, 'Holy Diver,' might never have surfaced from the depths.

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6 Years Ago: Ronnie James Dio Passes Away

We take a look back at the life and death of metal legend Ronnie James Dio.

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Great White, Lita Ford, Dio Disciples Lead 2016 ‘Ride for Ronnie’ Festivities

Great White, Lita Ford and Dio Disciples will lead the 2016 Ride for Ronnie concert festivities this year.

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Petition Launched to Erect Ronnie James Dio Statue in Birth Town Portsmouth

A petition has been launched to erect a statue of Ronnie James Dio in the singer's birth town of Portsmouth, N.H.

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Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Street Party Planned For March

Ronnie James Dio's Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund will host a street party in Glendale, Calif.

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