REST IN PEACE RONNIE JAMES DIO

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OPEN LETTER TO THE LATE RONNIE JAMES DIO

 

It’s with great sadness that I write these words. Ronnie James Dio, one of the best Rockers of the world, has died today.

Dio sang with various bands, but he achieved stardom when he joined Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne left, in the early 1980’s.

His joining the band was a breath of fresh air. Black Sabbath hadn’t recorded anything actually good in years, mostly because of their internal arguments and drug excesses, but Dio came to bring something new. And he did. Heaven And Hell, the first album he recorded with the band, became a Heavy Metal and Rock’n’Roll classic.

Following a tour, Black Sabbath was right on track again.

In 1989, their drummer left and was replaced by Vinnie Appice, who is a kick ass drummer, and they recorded Mob Rules, which is a fantastic album.

I am pleased to say that I have been able to find it on vynil (the original). I listened to it so many times that I believe I have “worn up” the album, if such a thing is possible.

After Mob Rules, the band recorded a Live Album called Live At Last and Dio was fired. There were rumors that he had sneaked into the studio and changed the mixing back then, but those were never confirmed.

But Dio followed on a successful solo career which, with albums such as Holy Diver and Sacred Heart. He became a Heavy Metal Icon and organized a Heavy Metal “Live Aid”, assembling many metal and hard rock musicians to record a fantastic album called Hear’n’Aid. The main track of the album was a fantastic song, composed by Dio, which featured a number of fantastic musicians, including Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate, guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and many others.

Even though his career was successful, Dio eventually rejoined Black Sabbath for the Dehumanizer album in the early 1990's.

The album is excellent and one of its songs featured in the Hollywood movie Wayne’s World.

Ronnie left the band when Ozzy Osbourne, in one of his many farewell tours, invited Sabbath to open his concert as a supporting act. Dio, of course and like everyone else with his fame and position. The band hired Judas Priest’s Rob Halford to perform in his place and Dio left the band to pursue his solo career once again.

He recorded some great things in this post-Dehumanizer period. His album Strange Highways is dark and heavier than anything he had recorded before. Perhaps his recent bad experiences with Black Sabbath influenced him somehow.

After many problems with Ozzy and his wife, who is known to be a real villain in the Heavy Metal world, Black Sabbath joined with Dio again, but this time under the name Heaven and Hell. They released an album and went on world tour.

That was when I saw them, as I have posted before on this site. It was May, the 13th 2009. And it was the best night of my life.

Dio sung heavenly. The crowd went wild and he performed like a god.

Little did we know that, a few months later, he would be diagnosed with stomach cancer.

I was very sad when I heard about it, like every Sabbath and Dio’s fan, but I had hopes he would get over it.

But he didn’t.

He left a wonderful legacy of music, beginning with the prog band Elf, in the 1970’s, then with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and finally with Black Sabbath and on his brilliant solo career.

He was a fighter, a brilliant performer and had an amazing spirit. He was a genuine Rocker and he was great with his fans. I never heard of him mistreading a boring fan who asked for an autograph, never.

But now he is gone and the Heavy Metal world, as well as the Rock’n’Roll world, seems a lot more boring without his stage presence and wonderful voice.

Dio was an amazing songwriter, singer, performer, bass player and even trumpet player who will be sorely missed.

He was brilliant and there is one more star shining in the night sky tonight.

You were great, Dio. Your legacy in amazing and we, fans, thank you for everything you did for us. You brought us joy.

What you gave us was more than entertainment, it was bliss.

Goodbye, Ronnie James Dio.

See you on the other side. No one is ever going to replace you in the world of Rock’n’Roll.

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