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Download Festival To Rename Second Stage After Ronnie James Dio

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The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced that they will be renaming the second stage of this year's event and that it will now be known as the Ronnie James Dio Stage. The organisers posted the following message online:

"The rock world was in a state of shock last night (Sunday), when it was announced that Ronnie James Dio, one of the finest vocalists ever to walk the earth sadly passed away.

"The legendary singer, who fronted bands including Black Sabbath and Dio, had been battling with stomach cancer since the end of 2009.

"As our tribute to the great man, we’ve revealed that the 2nd Stage at this year’s Download will official be called the Ronnie James Dio Stage.

"Speaking on his Twitter, festival organizer Andy Copping said 'The second stage at Download this year is to be renamed the Ronnie James Dio stage as a tribute to the great man with the incredible voice.'

"Our thoughts are with Ronnie’s wife Wendy and the rest of the Dio family at this tragic time. He will be greatly missed.

"Rest in peace Ronnie – keep on rocking in that big gig in the sky."

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1. spiral_architect writes:

i think dio would be honored to have the second stage at download named after him. i propose they name the main stage after him instead.

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2. RTB writes:

Classy move.....awesome job download...
Kinda cool as well, maybe that will ignite those bands who are performing on that stage a little extra energy and passion that day....like to see them permanently use the 2nd stage as the DIO stage, or atleast for a while....

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