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Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Issues Letter To Ronnie James Dio

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulric has issued the following open letter to the recently deceased Ronnie James Dio:

"Dear Ronnie, I just got off stage in Zagreb. I was met with the news that you've passed on. I'm kind of in shock, but I wanted you to know that you were one of the main reasons I made it onto that stage to begin with. When I first saw you in Elf, opening for Deep Purple in 1975, I was completely blown away by the power in your voice, your presence on stage, your confidence, and the ease with which you seemed to connect to 6000 Danish people and one starry-eyed 11 year old, most of whom were not familiar with Elf's music. The following year, I was so psyched when I heard the results of you joining forces with my favorite guitar player. You guys sounded so right for each other and I instantly became Rainbow's #1 fan in Denmark.

"In the fall of 1976, when you played your first show in Copenhagen, I was literally in the front row and the couple of times we made eye contact you made me feel like the most important person in the world. The news that you guys were staying in town on your day off somehow embedded itself in my brain and I made the pilgrimage to the Plaza Hotel to see if I could somehow grab a picture, an autograph, a moment, anything. A few hours later you came out and were so kind and caring... pictures, autographs and a couple minutes of casual banter. I was on top of the world, inspired and ready for anything. Rainbow came to Copenhagen a couple more times over the next few years and each time you guys blew my mind, and for a good three years were my absolute favorite band on this planet.

"Over the years I've been fortunate enough to run into you a half dozen times or so and each time you were as kind, caring and gracious as you were in 1976 outside the hotel. When we finally got a chance to play together in Austria in 2007, even though I may not have let on, I was literally transformed back to that little snot nosed kid who you met and inspired 31 years earlier and it was such a fucking honor and a dream come true to share a stage with you and the rest of the legends in Heaven and Hell. A couple of weeks ago when I heard that you were not going to be able to make it to the Sonisphere shows that we would be sharing this June, I wanted to call you and let you know that I was thinking of you and wish you well, but I kind of pussied out, thinking the last thing you needed in your recovery was feeling obligated to take a phone call from a Danish drummer/fan boy.

"I wish I'd made that call. We will miss you immensely on the dates, and we will be thinking of you with great admiration and affection during that run. It seemed so right to have you out on tour with the so-called 'Big Four' since you obviously were one of the main reasons that the four bands even exist. Your ears will definitely be burning during those two weeks because all of us will be talking, reminiscing and sharing stories about how knowing you has made our lives that much better. Ronnie, your voice impacted and empowered me, your music inspired and influenced me, and your kindness touched and moved me. Thank you."

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1. Lundtang writes:

Beautiful words, man...

# May 16, 2010 @ 11:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. K._Krowley writes:

Well said.

R.I.P. RJD.

-Kris

# May 16, 2010 @ 11:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. systemsdown writes:

Well done Lars. R.I.P.

# May 16, 2010 @ 11:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

He would have loved to hear that. Let Dio live on through us....

# May 16, 2010 @ 11:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. VO writes:

Thank You Lars Ulrich, for showing that real honor never dies. I got into Dio around 1987, and I was a fan from that period on. Dio did what metal should and that was make a damn good song. You knew music was his heart.
RIP, I'll miss you, we all will.

# May 16, 2010 @ 11:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. inhatredofme writes:

always goes to show you should speak your mind and let someone know what you think of them because you never know if you'll ever talk to them again. RIP Dio.

# May 17, 2010 @ 12:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Trendkill91 writes:

Respect to Lars.

# May 17, 2010 @ 1:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Stacy (AKA) limitup writes:

Lars:

Very well said. RJD will be missed very much. Don't forget the people you empowered as well. ;)

# May 17, 2010 @ 2:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. wilco writes:

put a tear in my eyes

damm makes me think about the past i did see elf as well in holland with my father

a good letter by lars
respect to lars

# May 17, 2010 @ 5:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. jillfire1 writes:

very touching. RIP HOLY DIVER! We love you always.

# May 17, 2010 @ 9:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. metalgod666 writes:

man iam crying right now . i love you ronnie r.i.p.

# May 17, 2010 @ 11:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. mechanik1 writes:

Thanks Lars, for a well-written tribute to a god of the metal pantheon. \m/ \m/

# May 17, 2010 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. stuff writes:

Lars did such a good job with that letter! I still cant believe Ronnie is dead. last I heard he was doing better then this.
R.I.P. Dio you will be missed and never forgotten!

# May 17, 2010 @ 9:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Bloodstone86 writes:

Lars, way to go. What a personal n' open letter that puts it all in perspective. Ronnie was indeed a genuine guy who helped shape the metal landscape in it's beginning. Plus, his signature horns to the masses is one of thee coolest f***ing things ever!

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio n' f*** U 2 Hell cancer!

# May 21, 2010 @ 5:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Mark27 writes:

How many times did he put "I" in there? wow

# May 22, 2010 @ 8:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. brandedcfh420 writes:

LARS LARS LARS, YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE IN THE LIGHT SOMEHOW! and it should say "lars issues a letter" not metallica as nothing was said by james, kirk, or rob. LARS just always has to be the mouth of metallica! LARS is so fkn in love with himself its fkn scary!

# May 22, 2010 @ 11:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. wilco writes:

i love my self as well
when i jerk off think about my self and break out in sweat

# May 22, 2010 @ 1:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. brandedcfh420 writes:

DEAR GOD MY EYES ARE NOW BLEEDING FROM THAT WICLO!!! thanks a lot you sick fkr!!!! hahahahaha

# May 22, 2010 @ 1:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. brandedcfh420 writes:

^^^**wilco**

# May 22, 2010 @ 1:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. largeoilrig writes:

get over yourself braindead..

# May 23, 2010 @ 9:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. brandedcfh420 writes:

are you refering to me or lars?

# May 23, 2010 @ 9:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Acid/Rain writes:

brandedcfh420: How is Lars writing a heartfelt letter in remembrance of Dio boosting his ego? Last time I checked, Lars was neither the first nor will he be the last person/band to offer up kind words.

# May 23, 2010 @ 10:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Acid/Rain writes:

Oh and if he is trying to put himself "IN THE LIGHT", he is shadowed by the immense amount of people who have come forward to say something before him

# May 23, 2010 @ 10:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. wilco writes:

branded you got them going everytime
how are ya bro

# May 23, 2010 @ 11:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. utoad9 writes:

Nice.....apparently heartfelt...

# May 23, 2010 @ 12:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. WOLF7 writes:

Would the letter suggest that Lars Ulrich has got a heart and perhaps even feelings towards people around him?
News indeed...

# May 23, 2010 @ 2:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. brandedcfh420 writes:

Yo wilco, doin good bro! The letter is so, full of " I I I I I I", Lars's favorite word!

# May 23, 2010 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. hellrat writes:

god that was excruciating to get through....fully agree with the criticisms of this revolting example of self indulgence....what a abhorrent fvcking piece of human sh!t

this ulb!tch spray has to do with the turd danish himself pretty much exclusively...pretty fvcking transparent. fvckin twit really does have the mind of a child....a pretty stupid child at that

this sh!t head never fails to disgust me....utterly classless garbage boy

# May 23, 2010 @ 2:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. brandedcfh420 writes:

uhoh, gas was tossed on the fire!!!! LET THE FLAMES BEGIN!!!! hahahahaha, im with ya hellrat!

# May 23, 2010 @ 6:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Josh7X writes:

Lars is a piece of sh**. I always disliked him.

# May 23, 2010 @ 8:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Trendkill91 writes:

You know , It was the first thing that crossed my mind too.
Thought he was doing it for the attention.
I suppose it's not about him and about Dio.

He said some pretty cool stuff.
good on him I say.

# May 23, 2010 @ 8:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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