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Ronnie James Dio

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.

   
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Dio Disciples’ Craig Goldy on New Music: ‘I Hope I Can Make Ronnie Proud’

Dio Disciples' Craig Goldy offers an update on the band's new music and his desire to do it in such a manner that it honors the late Ronnie James Dio.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Wendy Dio, Dio Disciples + Eyellusion CEO Talk Creation and Future of Ronnie James Dio Hologram

Eyellusion CEO Jeff Pezzuti, Wendy Dio and members of Dio Disciples discuss the creation and plans for the Ronnie James Dio hologram.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Tom Morello, John 5 + More Roll for a Good Cause at 2016 Bowl 4 Ronnie Event

Tom Morello, John 5, Eddie Trunk, Dino Cazares, Chris Broderick, members of Stone Sour and more took part in the 2016 Bowl 4 Ronnie cancer benefit Friday.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images / Chad Childers / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Christopher Polk, Getty Images / Chad Childers / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Tom Morello, Brendon Small + Dino Cazares Added to 2nd Annual Bowl 4 Ronnie Event

Tom Morello, Brendon Small and Dino Cazares will all take part in the Bowl 4 Ronnie fundraiser taking part in Los Angeles Friday night (Nov. 4).

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Disturbed’s David Draiman Shares Mixed Emotions on Ronnie James Dio Hologram

David Draiman had mixed emotions about the Ronnie James Dio hologram, expressing his adoration for the singer but unsure if this will taint the legacy.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

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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Wendy Dio
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
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
Loudwire

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
YouTube

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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