1942 – 2010
Heavy Metal God Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer this morning. The front man for Black Sabbath from 1982 – 1991 (known as the Dio years) went on to form the band Dio. It was with Dio that he released the classic Holy Diver album in 1983. He then went back to Black Sabbath for a year in 1991 before reuniting Dio in 1993. His latest project was Heaven & Hell with current and former members of Sabbath.
Ronnie was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November of last year. It took less than 6 months to claim his life.
I had the chance to see Heaven & Hell at Red Rocks last year, but I missed it. It seems that was my last chance to see the man live.