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From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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Bay Area Backstage TV has uploaded a 32-minute tribute video to legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio — best known for his work with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, his own band Dio and more recently Heaven & Hell. The video features interview and performance clips that were captured over the years, some of which have never been seen before.
Dio died of stomach cancer on the morning of Sunday, May 16, at the age of 67.
Last week Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) was attacked on stage by a man attempting to tackle him from behind. The guitarist literally brushed off the offender and continued to play (on a broken guitar that would be replaced). In honor of this move this week we look at some of the heroic and/or bad ass (rating of 10) and not so heroic/or not so bad ass (rating of 1) moments from the world of videos. More...
The surviving members of Heaven & Hell, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice, has announced that they will be performing a special set at England's High Voltage festival on July 24th, which will serve as a tribute to their late frontman Ronnie James Dio, who passed away as a result of stomach cancer last month. The band will be joined by former Deep Purple singer Glen Hughes as well as Masterplan vocalist Jorn Lande. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Says Geezer Butler: "It's going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no-one else I know - and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honour of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we're immune from this disease, really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you."
Tony Iommi says: "Ronnie's passing has left a huge hole, we hadn't anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that."
Jorn Lande (Masterplan) has offered his talents to honour the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio, with his new album aptly entitled “Dio,” to be released on Frontiers Records on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the U.S.
Handpicking some lesser known tunes of the Dio era, along with some of the true classics, Jorn offers a fine collection of songs that present the music of the Man and the Artist, with a unique twist. In Jorn Lande’s own words: “Throughout the years I have had the privilege of both meeting and working with many of the musicians that have inspired me on my musical journey. Ronnie James Dio has inspired me through decades, and this man's influence continues to add colour to my creative spirit. Ever since the first time I heard his royal roar back in the 70's, I have been fascinated by this extremely talented man's creative force and dedication to music. His career has been going on for so long and includes so many great songs, that it was a challenge to decide which songs and what era to focus on. I ended up focusing on the DIO era.”
The album also includes an original song for which a videoclip, shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) was produced. Jorn says: “I wrote 'Song for Ronnie James' as a tribute and a personal thanks to the man who has been my mentor for more than 35 years. This great man has affected my life and career in such a way that without his presence, I would not have become the artist I am today.”
The “Song for Ronnie James” music video can be watched below.
“Dio” was mixed by Tommy Hansen, Jailhouse Studios, and the final tracklisting includes the following tracks:
Song For Ronnie James
Shame on the Night
Stand Up And Shout
Don't Talk to Strangers
Lord Of The Last Day
Lonely Is The Word / Letters From Earth (2010 version)
Kill The King*
Straight Through The Heart (live)
MetalInjection.net west-coast correspondent Johnny Orlando Jr. attended the Ronnie James Dio Memorial Service on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 and filed a special report. He spoke with many fans of Dio who discussed what Dio meant to them as well as one of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who was protesting the memorial. Check out the clip below.
RonnieJamesDio.com reports that Ronnie James Dio was finally laid to rest on June 1, 2010 at 3:33 PM at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, CA. Ronnie was carried to his final resting place by his friends, Vinny Appice, Geezer Buttler, Craig Goldy, Steve Mignardi, Scott Warren and Simon Wright.
For those fans that were not able to attend the Memorial, you can still get the "Stand Up And Shout" T-Shirt, Memorial Program and Official Button for a donation of $35.00 to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
The Shirt comes in sizes Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XL and 3 XL. Shipping in the USA is in a Priority Mail Flat Rate Box for $10.70, Canada and Mexico is $26.95 and the rest of the world is $15.00.
Please make your checks or money orders payable to: The Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund" and send them to the Niji Entertainment Group, 12400 Ventura Blvd. #837, Studio City, CA 91604 USA. You can also use your credit or debit card via PayPal. There is a direct link on the homepage of www.ronniejamesdio.com that says "DONATE NOW."
Here is what The Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund Program aims to do: More...
The Los Angeles City Council has announced that May 30th will be known as Ronnie James Dio Day in the city. This announcement was made official at the singer's memorial service on Sunday by the event's host Eddie Trunk. Ronnie James Dio passed away on May 16th, after a battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67.
Heavy metal veterans Manowar have announced that they will be compiling a tribute album in honour of recently deceased heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio, who passed away on May 16th as a result of stomach cancer.
Bassist Joey DeMaio said: "Heavy metal has lost a great artist and a true gentleman. I had the privilege of being his friend and I, along with other friends and admirers, wish to honor him."
Some of Sweden's finest heavy metal musicians will gather to pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio during this fall's edition of the Sweden Rock Cruise, set to sail on October 7, 2010 from Stockholm, Sweden for Åbo, Finland and return the following day. There will be a long tribute concert with a number of guest musicians performing classic songs from Dio's career with a main band consisting of members of LION'S SHARE.
So far the following artists have been confirmed to perform with LION'S SHARE at the event:
* Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH)
* Joacim Cans (HAMMERFALL)
* Björn Gelotte (IN FLAMES)
* Ian Haugland (EUROPE)
* Messiah Marcolin (ex-CANDLEMASS)
* Johan Edlund (TIAMAT)
* Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, BIBLEBLACK)
The show will end with all artists performing HEAR 'N AID's "Stars" (Dio was behind the HEAR N' AID project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track "Stars" in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief.)
On the cruise, Sweden Rock Magazine will donate SEK 25,000 to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, set up by Ronnie James Dio's wife Wendy Dio. Everyone attending the cruise can donate money, which will be sent to this cancer fund.
Tavastia Club will host a Ronnie James Dio Memorial Gala in connection with the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland in July. The vocalists of the night include Marco Hietala, Tuple Salmela, Ari Koivunen and Patrik Eriksson. All proceeds of the show go to charity.
Ronnie James Dio Memorial Gala, Tuska 2010 Evening Club, Tavastia
Vocalists: Marco Hietala, Tuple Salmela, Ari Koivunen, Patrik Eriksson
Date: Friday, July 2
Tickets: 10 / 12 e, Tiketti (All proceeds of the show go to charity)
Age limit: 18 years
The past weekend VH1 Classic showcased the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show (taped from April 9th), an annual show of hard rock and heavy metal awards chosen by the readers of the rock magazine, Revolver. You can catch reruns of this event twice daily, for the next eighteen months. More...
Hydrogyn has issued the following in response to the untimely death's of Ronnie James Dio and Paul Gray:
"It's been a bittersweet past couple of weeks here in camp Hydrogyn. Firstly, we are deeply saddened by the passing of our mentor and dear friend, Ronnie James Dio. As a member of Megadeth, Jeff Young was fortunate to share much of the U.S. "Dream Evil" tour with the band Dio. Hydrogyn co-guitarist, Jeff Westlake was also a close friend of the "King of Rock-n-Roll" having had the rare opportunity to film & record many classic Black Sabbath and Dio concerts around the globe, with Ronnie's blessing. As you can imagine, we've been pouring through those very DVD & VHS archives over the past days, reminded in no uncertain terms, of this artist's true genius.
"We all shared many personal times with Ronnie and he was always the consummate gentleman and professional. Often overlooked, his sense of humor and wit were among his most charming and disarming character traits. Hydrogyn has covered "Rainbow in the Dark" in their concerts from the onset and we have all learned from the master via the many Dio and Black Sabbath songs played in various cover bands from our youth. This is not only a huge loss to the world of music and metal but a definitive blow to humanity.
"As we are in the home stretch of the recording and mixing process for our new album, we can't help but feel Ronnie's influence and presence looming over us and all around us, larger than life. We understand that we are just a handful of the countless musicians that Ronnie has influenced so, we consider the fact that we were blessed to know him, a priceless gift, never to be forgotten.
"We are also a band that's been touched by cancer on the home front as a result of Jeff Young's personal battles with "the monster." We urge those seeking to honor Ronnie's memory in some way, please donate to the Lance Armstrong Foundation's efforts to wipe out cancer: livestrong.org
"On another note, as fans of the band Slipknot - we are further dismayed to learn the news of bassist Paul Gray's untimely passing. Although we didn't have the fortune to meet the man, we enjoyed his musical contributions and he will surely be missed by many. We are glad that our musical cohort, James LoMenzo has stepped in to fill the shoes of Mr. Gray on the upcoming series of concert dates with the band, Hail. It's a wonderful thing that our musical brotherhood can merge together at times like these and support each other in a unified effort to carry the torch of hard rock and metal in a positive direction.
"Long live rock-n-roll!
Julie, Jeff, Jeff, James, Joe
Crimson Glory has released the following statement regarding the passing of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio:
"Ronnie was a wellspring of immeasurable talent and a shining example of the persistence, hard work, dedication, passion and creativity that it takes to become a true legend in the music world. There has not been a kinder, classier, more well-spoken individual in the realm of hard rock and heavy metal, and it is fair to say that the only thing bigger than the man's voice was his heart.
"Ronnie James Dio was easily one of the most influential artists in modern music; that influence can be heard and felt in countless bands that have emerged over the last forty years, including us!
"With the recent passing of our own singer, Midnight, we deeply empathize with the shock and profound sadness that those close to Ronnie are experiencing right now. It is our hope that Ronnie's friends, band mates and family, especially his wife, Wendy, will find comfort and solace in each other's shared love, respect and fond memories of their time spent with him, as well as the knowledge that Ronnie is incredibly loved by scores of fans of all ages, all over the world."
In what would seem to be in response to the highly publicized plans of Westboro Baptist Church to picket Ronnie James Dio's memorial service and the information they posted about the man and his beliefs and legacy, Wendy Dio has issued the following update on RonnieJamesDio.com:
"Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn't know. We only know how to love someone we know!"
As it's been discussed quite thoroughly in the comments of our previous article, I'd venture to say she's right.
Christian power metallers Narnia recently announced their intention to disband. Narnia Guitarist CJ Grimmark has now checked in with the following statement regarding the plans of Westboro Baptist to protest Ronnie James Dio's public memorial service:
"With the resent statements of the 'Westboro Baptist Church' regarding Ronnie James Dio in mind, I feel obliged to make the following statement. First, I sincerely hope it's all a prank by someone with a bad and hopefully rare sense of humor (such as someone wanting to bash the WBC), but if it's not - let me say: Statements by fanatics does NOT represent a majority - never ever. What was said about Ronnie after his recent passing away made me sick to my stomach. As a christian believer there are many things that was written and sung by RJD that I'm not behind at all. But do I want to judge him? No!
"Does God allow or encourage ANY human to judge him or any other human for that matter, or wish someone 'to hell'? NO, it's strictly against the teachings of Jesus! What would Jesus do?
Think about it before you answer. Remember, we are all sinners but we're equally loved by God, and he wants us ALL by his side. The door is open to anyone who wants to enter. Not by our perfection but by the grace of God. More...
Gene Simmons (Kiss) continues to push a “stage challenge” to both U2 and The Rolling Stones. I find it interesting this offer has yet to be extended to AC/DC. Is it just me, or when Kiss makes their version of a Superman movie (this will happen) we will learn that AC/DC is Gene’s Kryptonite? … More...
Deep Purple members Ian Gillan (vocals) and Steve Morse (guitar) have each posted messages online paying tribute to former Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away on May 16th after a bout with stomach cancer. The messages read as follows:
Ian Gillan - "My dear friend Ronnie, departed but not gone. Resting peacefully (for a while) but never forgotten. I've had a sackful of mail since your passing; a sharing of grief and sorrow. We all remember your huge voice, of course - my ears are still ringing: Your wicked humour and sense of decency: The utter professionalism and personality that inspired so much respect from your friends in music. The list goes on but the quality that stands out above all others is your enduring generosity. The one thing that we all treasure, the gift you gave us was your kindness. We all agree you were the kindest man we ever knew. Catch up later, mate."
Steve Morse - "Ronnie Dio was a real musician. He was a guy that everybody liked, and always sang loud, in tune, and strong, with that famous voice. I watched him patiently deal with fans at the stage door, and patiently deal with me when I was lucky enough to back him up on our orchestra tour. We backed him up doing a couple of his tunes, and he was tactful and precise with his constructive comments. He could tell if I played one note wrong. I recall him telling me that he used to play trumpet, which might explain his very good ears. Everybody that ever met him will miss him, as well as anybody who ever heard him sing."
The recent announcement that there would be a public memorial service for the late heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio was one that fans all over the world were extremely happy about, as it is a great way to remember a greater man. However, the memorial could be spoiled by the Westboro Baptist Church who has announced that they plan to picket the event, as people like Ronnie James Dio (i.e. people with intelligence) apparantly are Satanic.
They claim the protest is "to remind you who worship that old Serpent, Satan, that your time is very short. You know 67 year old, Satan-worshiping (or at least one of their enablers) Ronnie James Dio (of showing his devil horns to the world each time he goes in public) Black Sabbath fame is dead, right? We'll be there! Just because the chances of any of God's elect being amongst this group of heavy metal sycophants is slim to none does not mean they should not get some good words.
"He hates his neighbor(s) starting with Ozzy Osbourne, and continuing down to his pornography star niece Gen Padova!
"He hates God. Pay especial attention to the fact that he changed his original sir name from Padova to Dio, which means God in Italian.
"Ronnie the simpleton enabled, and encouraged Sorceries: everything he was about including the little finger horn thing (he got this from his mother which is an incantation to ward off the 'evil eye') to the drugs, bloody raw meat and his fellowship with those pentagon necklace wearing freakish band members." More...
Vocalist Neil Turbin of California based act Deathriders has issued the following statement about the passing of Ronnie James Dio:
"As a teenager, I got to witness the Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult Concert live! at the Nassau Colosseum (actual concert they recorded the Black and Blue Film) in 1980. I was knocked back in my seat by the power of Ronnie James Dio’s vocals and the the sound of Black Sabbath combined with the visual of giant crosses and flames lighting up the arena and explosive pyrotechnics echoing throughout! I did see the amazing KISS Alive II tour at Madison Square Garden in 1978, but I had never witnessed anything as powerful and heavy as Ronnie Dio singing Heaven and Hell in 1980. I even got to see Blizzard of Ozz and meet Ozzy and the incredible Randy Rhoads in Def Leppard ‘s dressing room when they were introducing themselves, but my first and most distinctive concert memory was the power and the fury that was emanating from Ronnie and Black Sabbath. I had always perked up when I heard Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio singing on the radio or at a friends house. Ronnie James Dio’s mighty soaring vocals stood out above any other vocalist period. As they say good things come in small packages. In Ronnie’s case, he had such a consistent super powerful voice with great tone, poise, stage persona, charisma and ultimate confidence. Ronnie James Dio: The King of Heavy Metal.
"Through my association of working with Dio keyboardist Claude Schnell from 1996 to 1999 on his solo material/project, I had the opportunity to meet Ronnie James Dio for the first time at Vinny Appice’s birthday party at a Mexican restaurant in Northridge, CA. It was a dream come true and a great honor for me, that Ronnie was so personable and down to earth, but even went out of his way to buy me a drink when Claude told Ronnie that I was singing for him at the time. I later went with Claude to see Dio perform at the Galaxy Theater with Tracy G. I told Claude that nothing could top the Dio The Last in Line Tour concert I saw in Paris in 1984, except that Black and Blue concert in 1980. I also told this to Vinny when we went to his house later that night after his birthday party. More...
Iconic metal figure Ronnie James Dio recently lost his battle with stomach cancer and passed away in the morning of Sunday, May 16th. Dio's MySpace page has now been updated with the following information about a public memorial service being held in Los Angeles on May 30th:
"There will be a public memorial service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from around the world.
"For those of you that will be flying in from out of town or out of the country, we have made special rates at various local hotels available to you. Just go to our official Facebook Page for hotel information."