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A Eulogy For Ronnie James Dio

Written by: BitterCOld
Published: May 17, 2010

So I heard the news today, Ronnie James Dio passed away after a battle with stomach cancer. Given the news over the past 24 hours (he passed away, "i'm not dead yet!", yes he has), it's made for a tumultuous day.

Lots of folks round these parts (rightfully) take a cynical view at "RIP!" threads and comments to those saluting "heroes" they've never met.

Well, I've never met Ronnie.

And I really don't give a fuck about the cynics at this point.

While I never met the man, I do feel like I know him. He's had a presence in my life onwards from the mid- 80's when DIO was so big with Last In Line and Holy Diver that not only did the metal head burn-outs wear his T's at school... so did the fucking cheerleaders.

With the passing of Ronnie James Dio, not only did metal bands lose a frontman of legendary (if diminutive) stature, metal itself lost a legendary front man. It seems whenever a documentary was made on the subject, amidst footage of drunken clowns incapable of blurting out a coherent sentence whether at festivals or floating in an inner-tube, there was always Ronnie James Dio. And he could always be counted on as a coherent, charismatic, and literate performer who actually had something poignant to say.

While the other clowns gave ammo to those seeking to diminish our favorite form of music, RJD gave us the counter punch.

So take your vinyl/cassette/compact disk/mp3 version of Last In Line or Holy Diver, crank it until your whole house reverberates, grab a bottle of your favorite fire water, and hoist your fingers to the sky and lament his passing.


Thanks, Ronnie, for not only being a great front man and giving us some great tunes, thanks for being an ambassador for metal itself.

You have our gratitude.

(consider my thoughts and best wishes for the family and friends of Ronnie James Dio. I hope you can find enough joy in celebrating his accomplishments over the years to outweigh the grief and sorrow of his passing.)

Written on 17.05.2010 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.

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18.05.2010 - 18:50
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
R.I.P ronnie...
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum

19.05.2010 - 02:07
Written by spiritofvengence on 17.05.2010 at 02:39

I still don't like his music

No one asked.
19.05.2010 - 04:55
Ronnie... forever in our hearts!!
19.05.2010 - 05:07
Dio: Great musician, great person.

It will be missed for sure.

Rest in peace.
Heavy Metal is the law that keeps us all united free
A law that shatters earth and hell
Heavy Metal can't be beaten by any dynasty
We're all wizards fightin' with our spell
19.05.2010 - 05:28
Never got into his music, although I like his classics like Holy Diver and After All the dead. No metalhead can ignore his big influence in our beloved music. RIP to some of the greatest artists not only for metal, but music overall.
19.05.2010 - 13:13
Account deleted
I didn't try to listen to his albums exept the (heaven and hell) song, but after this tragedy i listened to the "Holy Diver"album it was awsome the best heavy metal album ever...

this is my tribute to you legend

19.05.2010 - 13:31
Man when I heard of this at work over the Radio I never believed it. Our radio station at work is fucking retarded, their news feeds are usually bullshit. So I went home at lunch, wife was keeping me from turning on the tv. As I turned it on I went to MTV, the news was real... I couldn't believe my fucking eyes and ears. This cancer cloud is taking every great soul. My dad has brain cancer; so this news hit my heart dearly. It seems like all the big names in music just pass away. Kurt Cobain, Bob Barley, and now Ronnie. I took the rest of the day off, went down stairs to my basement and played my guitar and drums with my daughter and wife.

Ronnie you will forever be a god in my eyes. May you forever above us all keep the spirits of our metal seeking alive! For those of us listening and playing music you are a true icon. Adios Amigos! M/ M/ RIP
21.05.2010 - 23:51
Couldnt beleive the shit when i heard it, i mean i grew up listening to this god of rock, & i was still waiting for a new album goddamnit.
I will miss that old guy:-[
Goodbye DIO you'll be missed dearly ß
27.05.2010 - 21:45
I can only agree with BC's statement and most of the comments. Heavy metal lost a huge frontman

Dreams are made so we don't get bored when we sleep
29.05.2010 - 06:43
solid snake
Totally agree. I thank Dio for those monster songs and his serenity, dignity and humility.
16.08.2010 - 06:02
Auntie Sahar
Drone Empress
Thanks a lot for taking the time to post this dude. I cried like a baby when I hear Dio was dead. He was a big inspiration in my life as well. His passion and lyrics were so above those of most metal bands/singers. I'm just glad I got to see him live (Heaven & Hell 2007) before he died. His music has always been a big part of my life ever since I started listening to it, and probably always will be. I really agree with this post, and Dio will forever be missed
I am the Magician and the Exorcist. I am the axle of the wheel, and the cube in the circle. “Come unto me” is a foolish word: for it is I that go.

16.08.2010 - 19:00
Erotic Stains
I've never been a big fan of his music but I was always a huge fan of his voice and I have a lot of respect for him. It was always interesting to hear him talk in metal documentaries and such.

When Anthrax played "Heaven and Hell" at Sonisphere, I had major chills down my spine.

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