Sunday, 16 May 2010

metal Legend Dio loses fight with cancer

May 16, 2010

How sad I was to hear of the death in LA of Ronnie James Dio - legendary rock and Metal vocalist.

Dio had announced last year that he was being treated at a Houston hospital for stomach cancer

Many consider Dio to be the epitomy of the Metal-Rock Legend.

In 1975 he came to fame as the first lead singer of Rainbow, the heavy metal band put together by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who had just quit Deep Purple.

In 1980 Dio joined Black Sabbath as vocalist, replacing legendary vocalist Ozzy Osbourne with the critically acclaimed album "Heaven And Hell," considered by many critics to be one of the finest heavy-metal albums of all time. His on-again, off-again tenure with Black Sabbath sparked an intense debate among fans as to which singer was the true essence of the band — a discussion that has lasted until his death.