One of my all time heroes passed away yesterday. After a sixth month battle with cancer, Ronie James Dio died at 7.45 a.m. Los Angeles time on sunday 16th May.
I’ve mentioned the inspiration of his songs on this website before. Having grown up on Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio albums, I was delighted to finally get to see Ronnie performing at Manchester Academy during his Holy Diver tour a couple of years ago. What a fantastic frontman and thoroughly nice fella!
I’m gutted that he’s gone and will miss the anticipation of a new Dio album, as there always seemed to be one around the next corner from the prolific vocalist.
For a while now I have been plotting a novel length tale of the Wolves of Winter. The working title, which describes something of the plot, has always been ‘Kill the King‘. As this is also the title of one of Dio’s finest Rainbow songs, I can’t think of a better dedication to the man and his music.
Ronnie, I’ll be playing your tunes as the words flow… Long live RJD, forever the King of rock and roll!