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Saxon Singer Biff Byford Comments On Ronnie James Dio's Passing

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Biff Byford, lead vocalist of the legendary British heavy metal band Saxon, has posted a message online detailing his thoughts on the passing of iconic heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. The message reads as follows:

"Today I heard my friend Ronnie Dio has lost his battle. It is a great loss to us all. I first met Ronnie in the early eighties when we played with Black Sabbath and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, the infamous Black And Blue tour. I first heard him sing on Butterfly Ball and from that moment I understood what great singing was all about, he was at the top of his game from then on. His voice was always powerful and soaring his phrasing was uniquely his, copied by many but never bettered. I will miss him as we all will. The last time we met was in Finland last year, both bands stranded in an airport with flight delays. What do you do, go to the bar, get drunk and tell rock and roll stories. He told great stories. Deepest condolences to his family.

"Somewhere in the night a candle burns for you.

"To absent friends."

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1. wilco writes:

again nice words from one awsome singer to pay respect to a other king of rock

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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

One class act to another... RIP RJD. :-(

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