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Dream Theater And More Pay Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

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As the tributes from fans, friends and critics alike pour in, more contemporaries of Ronnie James Dio have spoken about the man, his music and his legacy. You can read some more tributes below.

Exodus' Gary Holt - "What more can be said about Ronnie that hasn't been said by so many others. He was the kindest, most humble metal god I've ever had the pleasure and honor of touring with. I first met him at Foundations forum, about two to three weeks before our tour with them during the Dehumanizer tour, for about ten minutes while he waited outside for his cab. I introduced myself, said it was an all time honor to meet and tour with him and said see you soon. Fast forward to the first day of the tour, and he sees me and says "How are you doing Gary?". I would not have been offended if he never knew my name the whole tour, but he remembered it from a ten minute chat around three weeks earlier. We had many golden moments hanging out with him, while he allowed me to relentlessly badger him for stories about Ritchie Blackmore and the time spent singing for my favorite band, Rainbow. R.I.P., your impact on me won't ever be forgotten."

Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy (pictured at left with Ronnie) - "RIP Ronnie James Dio... one of the greatest of all time. Looks like Dime ('Dimebag' Darrell Abbott]), Randy (Rhoads), Cliff (Burton) and Bonzo (John Bonham) just scored the ultimate singer... this is one of the saddest days in metal ever."

Obituary - "Obituary would just like to say what a huge influence Dio was to this band and to the face of metal! He was one of the good guys in music and will be greatly missed! We had the opportunity, only once, to actually talk with Dio. He came up to us and I was amazed that he even knew who Obituary were! In that one, short converstion it was clear what a kind person he was. We no longer have Dio here with us, but we will have his music forever in our souls!"

Wolf - "We are very sad this day. We have lost THE greatest, most powerful and biggest voices in hard rock & metal. For Wolf, Ronnie James Dio, was/is a great inspiration and we will always keep his voice alive listening to his music. Some of us met him on several occations and he was always very nice and took the time to chat about music and the world. You will be sadly missed. May your music live on and on forever."

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