Ronnie James Dio
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. His persuasion as an anti-authoritarian and surly redneck who loves drinking beer and kicking ass is among the most celebrated characters in WWE / WWF history. Those familiar with Austin may picture the man listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd or Hank Williams, and although that may be true, Austin recently professed his love for Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and many other metal acts.
This matchup in our Greatest Metal Frontman tournament sees two legendary singers with mutual respect towards each other. In 2009, King Diamond was asked to open for Heaven and Hell, but King had to decline to his back issues. He stated it had always been a dream of his to tour with Ronnie James Dio.
Concert-goers who hit up Last in Line’s first concert on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Slidebar in Fullerton, Calif. got quite a show, even if they didn’t know it at the time. According to allegations made by Last in Line’s vocalist Andrew Freeman’s brother Raymond Freeman Jr., a very special guest joined the band that night.
The music world is no doubt reflecting today, as May 16, 2013, marks the third anniversary of the death of one of metal's giants, Ronnie James Dio. In late 2009, it was announced that Dio had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, and while the rocker fought the good fight, he eventually succumbed on May 16, 2010. On this third anniversary of his passing, Dio's manager, business partner, wife and love of his life, Wendy Dio, has offered a tribute to the late vocalist.
Ronnie James Dio was perhaps metal's greatest singer of all time, and it was a true tragedy when he passed away in 2010. Dio's music has remained captivating as its continued to age, and that fact is being celebrated through a upcoming reissue of the 'Finding the Sacred Heart - Live in Philly 1986' on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and vinyl formats.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund continues to find impressive ways to raise funds for cancer education and research, and is among the charities that will benefit from the 'Icons & Idols -- Rock 'n' Roll Auction' scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif.