It was 8 years ago today that we lost Ronnie James Dio. Ronnie founded/fronted n…
Written by megarock on May 20, 2018
It was 8 years ago today that we lost Ronnie James Dio. Ronnie founded/fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the “metal horns” hand gesture in metal culture and is known for his medieval themed lyrics. He had a powerful versatile vocal range capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads and according to Rainbow/Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore upon hearing him sing, “I felt shivers down my spine.”
Ronnie sold over 47 million albums throughout his career.
We had the honor to work with Ronnie on many occasions and were guests at his home. He was one of the nicest, most humble, normal people we ever met.
RIP Ronnie. Yes, Rock In Paradise.
8 years. It just doesn’t seem like it has been that long.