Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dio dead at 67

Ronnie James Dio, iconic heavy metal singer who found success in the '70s and '80s rock scenes, was pronounced dead earlier in the week. Dio had been ill for a while with stomach cancer, which was deemed the cause of his death.

His death comes as a major loss for the rock world, particularly the heavy metal scene. Dio possessed a voice that was not only almost instantly recognizable, but able to transcend the boundaries of different musical genres. In short, Dio's voice was certainly nothing like the vocal stylings we tend to think of today when heavy metal comes to mind.

The singer, whose work in Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven and Hell brought him the most success, will be sorely missed. Particularly with the latter band, Heaven and Hell, Dio had still been active in the music world, releasing an album last year and touring for a handful of years before that. One has to think there was much more left in Ronnie James Dio than we will ever get to witness.

In honor of Dio, I'll post my personal favorite from the decades he was active: "Holy Diver." Enjoy!

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