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Ronnie James Dio dead at 67

May 16, 2010

  Today it was learned that legendary heavy metal icon, Ronnie James Dio, passed away from stomach cancer at the age of 67. Being a teenager during the ’80’s, I considered Dio to be a heavy metal god. His music could almost constantly be heard blaring from my room or my car radio, along with Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden.

  To me these three sum up what heavy metal is and is supposed to be. I do not consider some of the music that we hear called heavy metal today to be heavy metal. Dio, Halford, and Dickinson: those three are the greatest heavy metal voices of all time. And today we lost the man who might have had the most powerful voice in all of heavy metal.

  It is true that since my teenage years I have drifted away from heavy metal and mainstream rock music as I tired of hearing the same songs on the radio over and over again. It is also true that I found Alternative music shortly after High School and stopped listening to the music of my High School years for quite a few years, but slowly over the last few years I rediscovered the music of my youth and began listening to it a bit more. After all, I do have fond memories of my teenage years and this music does bring many of those memories back. This is the music that I was listening to when I met the woman who would become  my best friend and my wife, Lauri.

  But there is even more to it than that; my oldest son, Andy, is a guitarist and he loves all types of music. He soon discovered some of my former heavy metal icons on youtube and began listening to them. Dio, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden being among those that he began listening to.

  The music of my past became a bridge to the future and a means and a path to connect to my son. We share some of the same tastes in music, although his tastes are much more diverse then mine. And it is a little strange that after all of these years my son would discover the music that I once cherished so much. The music of Ronnie James Dio and the other heavy metal icons of the ’80’s made a connection between my son and I, we actually went to see Dio last year when he was performing with Black Sabbath under the name of “Heaven and Hell” and Dio sounded great, we had a great time.

  Sometimes music can bring you together, and even though my family is close to begin with, sharing the music of my youth with my son was something special. Today Ronnie James Dio has died, and I feel as if a part of youth has died as well. But the fact that my son and I share his music today is proof that Ronnie James Dio’s music will live on.

“They say that life’s a carousel
Spinning fast, you’ve got to ride it well
The world is full of kings and queens
Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams”

Ronnie James Dio, rest in peace.


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2010 8:34 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only Conservative Blogger to cover this. He’ll be missed.


    • May 17, 2010 7:18 am

      My son and I were actually heading home from my father’s when we heard the news on the radio, we were both stunned.


  2. May 18, 2010 2:20 pm

    Ronnie James Dio fans might also enjoy this lost interview with the singer from May 22, 1986 on Mr. Media Radio.



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