The late great Ronnie James Dio is not only a metal legend but by all accounts one of the most well-respected singers and performers of all time. Before his passing, he was on tour with his band Heaven
Possibly the greatest singer in metal history, Ronnie James Dio was born Ronald James Padavona in 1942. The immortal vocalist first put the "Dio" moniker, which means "God" in Italian, on the 1961 release of Ronnie Dio and the Prophets' second album.
Has there ever been a singer that's had a more impressive resume within the genre where he performed? Ronnie James Dio was a true metal icon who showed off his range and talent performing with such acts as Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and his own self-titled band, Dio.
Today (May 16) is the second anniversary of the passing of the legendary Ronnie James Dio. He had one of the best singing voices in metal, or any other genre. He fronted bands including Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio
Black Sabbath is widely recognized as the very first metal band. From the second guitarist Tony Iommi played that diminished fifth on the track 'Black Sabbath,' music began to develop into increasingly evil realms, which we are all proud to dwell within to this very day.
Our first annual March Metal Madness elimination competition has been getting an insane amount of votes thanks to all you metal fans out there. So far throughout all four regions and 16 head-to-head battles, the most grueling matchup has been between Megadeth and Dio.
The worldwide metal community has mourned the tragic death of the iconic vocalist Ronnie James Dio ever since he succumbed to stomach cancer at the age of 67. A year-and-a-half after Dio's passing, some of rock and metal's biggest names such as Rob Halford, Lemmy Kilmister and Dave Grohl have begun recording a tribute album in honor of the late singer.
With the newly reunited original lineup of Black Sabbath hard at work on a new studio album and a world tour around the corner, it’s hard not to think about the history of the band, and what the late Ronnie James Dio might think about the four original members coming together for one last hurrah.
Pop fans may have had ‘We Are the World’ but metal had their own monster charity super group in the ‘80s that brought together bands like Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Dio called Hear N’ Aid, and now thanks to Wendy Dio, Hear N' Aid will live on.
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