I was a late-arrival when it comes to really discovering RJD. It wasn't until I was around 24 years old that I picked up my first Dio album, "The Very Beast of Dio". I didn't know that much of his music, but I was really liking "Holy Diver" and "Man on the Silver Mountain" at the time, so I decided to pick it up. As soon as "Stand Up and Shout" kicked in, I knew that I had made a good purchase and would enjoy more of RJD's music.
Message from Wendy DioToday my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.
- Wendy Dio
Whether with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Elf (which I don't know much about), Heaven and Hell, or solo, Ronnie James Dio embodied the spirit of heavy metal. Hell, for being the guy who popularizing the devil horns hand gesture, you almost have to bow down and acknowledge him as the King of Rock and Roll. The world has lost a musical pioneer and legend, and according to many who knew him, one hell of a human being. Rest in peace, Ronnie James Dio. And thank you. \m/