This Tuesday marks the Seven Year Anniversary of the Death of the Great Ronnie James Dio! Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and his own band DIO, died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67. Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ we pay Tribute.
The most tragic thing about Ronnie’s death from metastasized stomach cancer is that it likely could have been prevented. Dio had not been tested for stomach or colorectal cancer in at least 10 years! The American Cancer Foundation recommends men and women over the age of 50 at average risk for developing colorectal cancer receive a colonoscopy every 10 years to detect and prevent the spread of colon cancer. “All the doctors said if he’d have gone in [for a colonoscopy] a year earlier or two years earlier, they could have treated him,” said Dio’s Heaven and Hell and Black Sabbath bandmate, bassist Geezer Butler! (IF YOU ARE AT RISK, GET CHECKED OUT KILO ROCKERS!!!)
“Die Young” is a single by Black Sabbath from their ninth studio, Heaven and Hell. Released on 25 April 1980, it is the first Black Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio, who replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in 1979. And even though he was a few years shy of 70 at the time of his death, most people (including myself) feel as though Ronnie James Dio died too young!
“Hungry for Heaven” was the seventh single released by Dio and the second single from their 1985 LP, Sacred Heart. Released on August 15, 1985, it is one of Dio’s most well-known albums and this was the last Dio album to include guitarist Vivian Campbell, who was fired midway through the album’s tour. Campbell went on to join several other bands, most notably Def Leppard, Riverdogs, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy.
In the history of metal, there are great singers and then there are LEGENDS! Even though he stood at only five-feet-four, Ronnie James Dio was a commanding presence, matching his majestic vocals with theatrical hand and arm gestures. He was and still is very synonymous with heavy metal and of course he introduced to us the metal salute, ‘The DeviL Horns’… so throw them up in Tribute to the Mighty MetaL God! Ronnie may be long gone, but his Legend Lives on …