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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.

   
YouTube: Eyellusion
YouTube: Eyellusion

Ex-Dio Bassist Jeff Pilson: Ronnie James Dio ‘Would Have Loved the Thought’ That Hologram Could Happen

With the Ronnie James Dio hologram hitting the road for a tour later this year, former Dio bassist Jeff Pilson weighs in on what the singer would have thought.

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YouTube: Eyellusion
YouTube: Eyellusion

Ronnie James Dio Hologram Books First World Tour Dates

With a touring event dubbed ‘Dio Returns,’ the hologram and backing band will visit Europe this winter with plans to hit U.S. festivals in 2018.

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Kevin Winter / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Kevin Winter / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Vivian Campbell ‘Saddened’ He Never Had the Chance to Make Up With Ronnie James Dio

Guitarist Vivian Campbell says in a new interview that he's 'saddened' he never made up with Ronnie James Dio and believes they could have worked together.

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WIlson Lee Photography
WIlson Lee Photography

Vinny Appice: Ronnie James Dio Would Be ‘Pissed Off’ Over Gene Simmons Hand Gesture Trademark Attempt

In a recent podcast appearance, Vinny Appice stated that Ronnie James Dio would be pissed off over Gene Simmons' attempt to trademark the 'devil horn' gesture.

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

34 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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Robert Cianflone, Getty Images

7 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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Mayhem / Spitfire / Sanctuary / Warner Bros. / Reprise / Polydor / Roadrunner / I.R.S.
Mayhem / Spitfire / Sanctuary / Warner Bros. / Reprise / Polydor / Roadrunner / I.R.S.

Ronnie James Dio Albums Ranked (Rainbow / Black Sabbath / Dio / Heaven & Hell)

We asses the work of Ronnie James Dio beginning with the debut album from Rainbow all the way through Heaven & Hell's 'The Devil You Know.'

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

Rockers Ride + Roll for a Good Cause at 3rd Annual Ride for Ronnie

See photos and check out our recap of the 3rd Annual Ride for Ronnie raising funds for cancer research.

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Wendy Dio
Chad Childers, Loudwire

Wendy Dio Talks 3rd Annual Ride for Ronnie, Importance of Early Cancer Detection + Dio Disciples Plans

We chat with Wendy Dio ahead of this weekend's 3rd annual Ride for Ronnie motorcycle ride and concert.

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Chad Childers, Loudwire / Alex Kluft Photography
Chad Childers, Loudwire / Alex Kluft Photography

Lita Ford, Gilby Clarke, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Actors + More Join 3rd Annual Ride for Ronnie

A number of celebrity riders and concert attendees have been added to the 3rd Annual Ride for Ronnie event in Los Angeles.

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